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Arthritis in Hands

Hi, I’ve had osteoarthritis in my hands for some years now and it comes and goes, but I’m having a painful flare up just now. There are knobbly joints but they don’t actually hurt, it’s the pain and tingling in hands and wrists that’s the worst.

My GP has been helpful and I’ve had my hands X-rayed and then told its “ wear and tear” , I have Psoriasis too but they say it’s not Psoriatic.

I’ve tried chatting on line before but here I am again. The thing is I feel like a fraud when some people are so bad with their symptoms and with me it’s only my hands.

I would just like to find someone with a similar problem to ask how they cope with this. I’ve just turned 70 , I’m healthy and reasonably fit but this is making me feel so much older because I’m limited to what I can do. I’m also lucky to have a wonderful husband who can do things for me, but what do people do who live on their own?

There seems to be no evidence that diet helps, I’m told, but a strange thing for me is that twice in recent years I’ve had operations in hospital where I’ve lost weight through not eating and the arthritis symptoms have gone, no one can explain that to me!

I don’t want to sit back and give in to this, I’ve got a life to lead, surely there must be something out there to alleviate my pain apart from taking loads of CO codamol. I can’t take Ibroprofen, although I have the gel.

Still not finding this easy to share as it’s so much easier to talk to someone rather than write it all down.

does anyone know that changing diet works?

supplements that don’t constipate!

does Versus have a diet sheet that people have found helpful?

any help gratefully received, thankyou

Val McGavin


  • TomTom Moderator Posts: 96

    Good morning. @Val6arras,

    Firstly, you are not a fraud. Your pain is real to you and deserves consideration. You demonstrate the real answer in your determination to carry on with your life.

    If you prefer talking to reading then I suggest you call our helpline team on 0800 5200 520

  • Hi Val6arras

    Thank you for posting on the forum and please don’t feel like a fraud, it’s ok that it’s only in your hands. I am glad you have a wonderful husband who can do things for you.

    As you say it’s much easier to talk to someone rather than writing it all down, I’m wondering if you’d like to give us a ring on our helpline: 0800 5200 520 (weekdays 9am – 8pm).  Here we can take our time to talk about your OA and all that involves.  

    In the meantime, I have given you a couple of links which may be useful for you:

    For more responses and experiences of others you might like to repost on the ‘living with arthritis’ forum:

    I hope this is of some help.

    Best wishes


    Helpline Advisor

  • LoggiemodLoggiemod Member Posts: 5


    I know what you mean about the flare-ups. I have arthritis in both my hands. It was only my left up until Christmas and then the right one started too. It was very painful all over Christmas and took a couple of months and subsided to the point where I spent most of yesterday gardening. It is just a dull ache at present but it will come and go. I try not to take medication for this unless it gets really painful.

    I just look forward to the good times. Don't feel like a fraud - this disease affects us in different ways, but the pain is the same wherever you get it

    Take care

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