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   Posted 5/29/2005 6:31 PM (GMT -7)   
 I have suddenly been hit with terrible pain in the joints of my thumbs on both hands.It just hurts to move them and the pain feels like it is crawling up to my wrists and to my elbows .The bones on the inside of my elbows hurt to press on them especially in the mornings. Previously i had the same sort of pain and ache in my hip and was prescribed Celebrex ( I don't want to take that on a regular basis!!)  and it went away in 2 weeks!!!My doc says it's just aging but I'm only 52!! My thumbs aren't hot or swollen but are so painful for the the last week I can hardly hold a cup of tea. Blood test for arthritis were negative. Anyone have some advice or think it could actually be arthritis or what??? thanks ,seagirl

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   Posted 5/30/2005 5:19 AM (GMT -7)   
just a thought have you been checked for carpal tunnel? not quite sure of spelling. However, it sounds like how I felt when I had it. Do you find you drop things easily? When I had it, I chose not to have the surgery. I did not have a large, visibly apparent carpel tunnel. Yet it showed up somehow, not sure if it was xrays or just the doc pressing on certain points. I had heard many people have a reoccurence after the surgery, so a friend who practices chinese medicine dropped by every nite after work for about two weeks to a month and rubbed ginger root on the area. It went away and only recently occured again. We also wrapped the area lightly and put camphour oil on it. The camphour oil was lightly warmed in a sink of warm water first. We would just put the bottle in the warm water for five minutes or so. Hope this helps. judy p.s. never let them tell you it is old age!!!!!!

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   Posted 5/30/2005 10:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Seagirl, welcome to the arthritis forum. Get the thumbs checked out with a Dr. I too had negative blood work but the type of arthritis I have does not alter the RA factor in blood. What type of blood tests did they do? There are some that can pick up an inflammatory process that can give them a basis to start exploration into arthritis. Keep us posted on how you are doing. Gentle hugs for the pain.
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Date Joined Jun 2005
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   Posted 6/16/2005 10:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Seagirl!
I think I can help you with some advice.
I have been suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and osteo arthrosis for about 20 years. Finally, I managed to cure myself through a low acid-diet.
The rheumatic patient is at the origin of his own condition and he alone is able to remove its cause by a drastic change in his diet. For most rheumatic conditions are due to a kind of food poisoning by acids. It sounds rather revolutionary, in that way, that all the food that normally is advised as healthy is a real poison for rheumatic patients. And that is in fact the reason why doctors can’t find the cause of rheumatism. They never look for the cause in the food, and certainly not in the almost -so-called healthy food-. Rheumatism is most frequently due to an accumulation of acids. Acids dissolve the calcium in the body. The only way to cure rheumatism is to give your body the opportunity to rid itself of the accumulated acids without adding new ones. The worst acids are those from foods that actually taste sour, such as wine, cider, fruit juice, buttermilk, yogurt, curd cheese, Molkosan, vinegar, lemon, oranges, grapefruit, kiwi, other acid fruit, rhubarb and tomatoes. It is advisable to take daily a teaspoon of cod-liver oil, pure without additives. It is thought to suppress inflammation and it is restoring the oil and the cartilage of the joints.

Good luck!
Jeanine from Belgium

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   Posted 6/16/2005 8:35 PM (GMT -7)   
have you any xrays of the hands yet or mri's? perhaps some pictures will tell some facts. any old injuries? some arthritis may trigger first in the thumbs and fingers or the feet, like in the big toe first. keep track of the pains and stiffness and swelling. also, with celebrex, keep in mind not to get freaked out by all of those horror stories! on normal everyday doses it never was proven to be harmful..plus the people who did eventually get cardiac problems probably already had major cardiac problems to begin with anyways! LOL. this world gets nuts! the thing that bugs me is that the number one killer of the elderly is something that is really never discussed much; and that is more people die of OTC tylenols and things like that because people pop em like candies: where is that on the news? they should leave celebrex and vioxx alone. i feel badly for those who relied on it for relief and now they are stuck without meds.
52 is very young but RA and related diseases are sneaky little critters! if you are in general overall in good cardiac and respiratory health, and the celebrex is successful, weigh your risks and options! it is hard to find things that provide some quality of life....go with your heart and you will make all of the right decisions seagirl!
about this post on diet from jeanine? i'm skeptical. yes people do have allergies and sometimes we all have triggers that may produce a flare....personally i wouldn't eliminate food groups jeanine. i respect the holisticness of the theory and oils are great and all, but we need acids to prevent alkolosis wich could be fatal as well as acidosis. sorry to vent about this jeanine.
good luck seagirl! keep posted on how things are going. i wish you well.
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