Thumbs Up!

Sparky67 Member Posts: 3
edited 26. Jul 2016, 05:29 in Living with Arthritis archive
Hi all.

I have just joined the group after, like many people whose posts I have read so far, suffering from arthritis in my lower thumb joints in both hands for a few years. I have used small hand-tools all my working life, and in my hobby at home, now I avoid using a pair of pliers or wire cutters for any period of time...

There is one thing which I have found really helpful which I wanted to share - and that's wearing gloves in bed. Sounds strange I know, but I have found the extra heat in the joints over the last couple of months has helped enormously. I did leave them off for a week or so, the previous pain returned, and when I started wearing them again it eased again. Not very scientific, but it certainly works for me. 40gm Thinsulate gloves - a pound a pair on the local market. Well worth trying if you have the same problem.


  • [Deleted User]
    [Deleted User] Posts: 3,636
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Good Morning Sparky67,

    A very warm welcome from the Moderation Team :) Any problems you have using the boards do send us a PM.

    Sorry to hear about your thumbs. I wondered whether you were an electrician with your username and the use of small hand-tools...?

    Thank you for passing on your 'tip' regarding the use of gloves at night I am pleased it has helped you and you're right others may also find them useful.

    Best wishes

    Moderator Ellen
  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 27,309
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    What a kind and thoughtful first post! You might like to copy it onto our 'Ideas for making life easier' thread above. I hope others will find it useful.

    Repetitive actions can be damaging so I think you are wise to only use your pliers etc for short periods of time. You might also find some hand exercises useful.
  • barbara12
    barbara12 Member Posts: 21,279
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Thankyou Sparky67 for taking the time to post this,
    I have OA in my thumbs and one is quite I will certainly give this ago.. :)