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I'm having some horrible arthritis pain in my fingers especially in my little finger on my left hand. I have been taking ibuprofen for arthritis pain and rubbing aspercreme on my fingers and it hasn't helped at all. I really don't want to take celebrex for it is there something that i can use that is natural to help it like a cream or an oil? Sometimes i'm in excruiating pain because of it.
 

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Did you try icing it with a bag of frozen vegetables or applying heat? I had bad arthritis at the base of my thumb and had an operation where they replaced the cartilage and it completely cured the pain. Good luck and I hope you get better. Linda
 

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Sorry to hear this, Debbie. I am sorry that I don't have any advice for you but I sure hope somebody else does. Hope you feel better soon because you need that little finger to type! :biggrin:
 

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I have arthritis in my neck and spine that got so painful, I went to a chiropractor and it helped a lot. I take two Alleve once a day. (lasts 12 hours.) It has helped tremendously. Alleve is Naprosyn which used to be prescribed for arthritis but now you can get it over the counter. If you can take it, I think it does a better job of controlling the pain and inflammation. I hope this is helpful..
 

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I hope you find some relief---I know it is painful.
I have cut out all the night-shade veggies from my diet (although I love them) and over time it has helped more than anything else. Diet does make a huge difference!
 

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I use BioFreeze on my creaky joints. Some nights I wish I could take a bath in it, like tonight!

It can be hard to find, usually in a docs office. Think pain management type docs. Sometimes a cortisone injection in the joint can help for a while.
 

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I had a flare up on my index finger not so long ago. I took Piroxicam (Ibuprofen) but it did not help much. I also used Tiger cream. It contains camphor, so if you are allergic to camphor it might not be for you. Diet can help. Try to remember what kind of food you ate just before the flare up. Rosemary, Chamomille, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Geranium, Ginger, Lavender, Cypress, Black Pepper, Nutmeg mixed in vegetable oil are all oils that can be used to treat arthritis.
 

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Aww, Deb. Sorry, honey. I'm not trying to be the least bit funny as I ask you how do you sleep? If you sleep on your hands at all {fetal position, or, both arms and hands under your pillow} you could be cutting off circulation. Sounds ridiculous, but, I was doing it. And, I'd wake up with swollen hands, or, one swollen hand. Boy, did that hurt. It went on for a while.

I just wanted to bring this to you attention. Hope you're not doing it, too.
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I have Lupus and Fibromyalgia and I second the Bio Freeze! You can get it either as a gel or in a roll on (kind of like roll on deodorant). I have used both, but I prefer the roll on if I have to apply it myself. Also a nice hot bath or icing it, either one may help. My mom loves the Alleve, but it doesn't help me. Everyone's body is different, you just have to see what works best for you. I'm so sorry you're hurting.
 

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I use BioFreeze on my creaky joints. Some nights I wish I could take a bath in it, like tonight!

It can be hard to find, usually in a docs office. Think pain management type docs. Sometimes a cortisone injection in the joint can help for a while.
You can order BioFreeze online. That's where I usually get it, although I first used it after my daughter's girlfriend's mother told me of it. She's a masseuse and recommends it to her clients all the time. I use the spray on bottle.
 

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Do you carry heavy things using your fingers? Try looping grocery bag handles over your wrists instead of carrying them with your hands. Carry your purse over your shoulder. Sometimes not aggravating the bones and tendons with extra work can help.
Sorry you are suffering.
 

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Interesting about the nightshade foods... A woman I work with has many food allergies and used to get all sorts of inflammations and rashes until she started modifying her diet (cutting out certain foods known to cause problems). She is now perfectly healthy and happy! It would certainly be worth a try....and a natural, healthy alernative. (I always get nervous if someone must depend too heavily on some drug as they always seem to come with a raft of unwelcome side affects...liver damage, etc)
 

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Thanks everyone, i'm going to check the drug store around here and see if they have bio freeze and if not than i'll order it. I was talking to my mom last night and telling her about my fingers and she also uses bio freeze and told me my aunt doesn't have to order it, in Maryland it can be found in the drug store so i figure i'll check the drugstore first.
 

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Debbie I hope you find Biofreeze and it works for you. Let me know how you like it, I have a stiff neck and would love to try it

Paula i found some biofreeze at Walgreens today and it seems to make it more bearable. I'll let you know more about it after using it for a week or so.
 
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