Help with my hands

shuttle5788 Member Posts: 11
edited 27. Nov 2022, 17:57 in Say Hello

HI, Iam new to the groups, i wondered if anyone knew of any ideas to help me grasp things in my hands,left hand worse than the right,i can manage the kettle and using keys to get into cupboards etc,it seems the rhumatlology department at my local hospital mislaid my file,no action for 2 years and more, iam fuming mad and i asked myGP who prescribed me sulphazalazine which helps a little but i feel betrayed,ANY help or tips appreciated

(Edited name of hospital out of post due to guidelines) Identifying Medical personnel. Do not identify medical professionals or organisations by name when commenting. This is to avoid any risk of legal disputes.


  • Fif
    Fif Member Posts: 81

    After my diagnosis I was given an appointment with an occupational therapist and she gave me a sheet of silicone which is great for gripping lids etc. - simple but very effective.

  • shuttle5788
    shuttle5788 Member Posts: 11

    that"s great, Fif you are diamond

  • jamieA
    jamieA Member Posts: 481

    Hi @shuttle5788

    I've a similar issue with my hands. One of the simplest things I was given by the occupational therapist I saw was two tubes of dense foam. They are a bit like a dense version of the stuff you insulate water pipes with only denser and harder. They slide onto the handle of knives and forks and allow me to grip my cutlery when eating. I've also bought a number of devices that help in the kitchen - Stand mixer, one cup hot water dispenser, jar lid opener, electric can opener etc. If you do a search on kitchen aids - or even just aids - you'll get a number of threads with good advice.

    I also wear compression gloves.