Advice based on experience

Garycorn1 Member Posts: 2
edited 28. Nov 2023, 14:08 in Living with arthritis

Hello, I have just joined the group hoping to gain some knowledge/tools to deal with arthritis. My very busy GP (same everywhere I guess) told me I have arthritis after an earlier diagnosis of carpel tunnel. Pain but no swelling in both thumb joints, have suffered pain from different joints for as long as I can remember. Prescribed naproxen but haven’t noticed any real improvement , stopped them and tried Turmeric (because of online reviews). Pain still the same with either treatment. Sorry for the long post !


  • PeterJ
    PeterJ Administrator Posts: 902

    Hello @Garycorn1 an welcome to the community. We are a friendly and supportive group and I hope that that will be your experience as well.

    I understand that you have recently been diagnosed with arthritis, especially in your thumbs, and looking for advice. You are in the right place. As a start our website has a lot of useful information in it and I would recommend having a look around it. To help I've put a couple of links in below.

    Please do keep posting and let us know how you are getting on and I am sure others will connect with you to share their support and experiences as well.

    With very best wishes


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  • Loggiemod
    Loggiemod Member Posts: 228

    I found that Capsaicin cream helps to take the pain away on my thumbs for a while. Only available on prescription though and it is made from chillis so be wary of getting it near your eyes by washing the fingers that you applied it with thoroughly. This is from experience as I managed to rub my eyes once and the cream was still on my fingers.