Having that joint to go is the pits. I can't scrub, squeeze bottles, open jars and picking up my 6 mo old grandson is torture. He reached his little arms out to me Sat and there was no way I couldn't pick him up pain or no pain.
I have a lot of calcification around the right one and the left is going too. I got cortizone shots in the right one for a long time but they didn't help. I use to use a brace with the metal things in it, I still have some around here somewhere. The lidoderm patches numbs it a little, they are 4x6 sheets and I cut them in two and put it on my hand then cover it with the self sticking elastic bandage to keep it on better. You can't get your hands wet with them on. You use them for 12 hrs and 12 hrs off. My doc first rxd them for broken ribs and I fell in love with them. Your doc will tell you how many you can use a day, for me it is only one. They don't work too well for deep pain.
My dogs vet has the same problem and they can do joint replacement there, his son is an orthopedic surgeon but doesn't do hands. The recovery time is about 6 mos so he can't even get it done til he retires.
Do you girls get the "who smashed my hands between two bricks" feeling???
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