Osteoarthritis in both hands

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I have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in the thumb area.  This pain has been slowly creaping up on me for the past 3 years.  The pain has now gotten to the point I can barely pick up anything without horrific pain. My Rheumatologist had me do physical theraphy last year which did nothing.  I recently started on 15mg of Meloxicam and Lidocaine patches which have done nothing.  I am also wearing a splint.  Is there any other meds out there that may help me like Cymbalta etc...  I was thinking of getting Cortisone injections to atleast try and see if they work.  I have been told they are very painful but if they work I would be willig to try.I am 53 and this is starting to interfere with everything I do. I just don't know what step I should take next.  I in no way want surgery.  Any advice is greatly appreciated.

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    I have osteoarthritis quite bad in my right thumb and i have been getting small twinges in my left so i know its on its way. I too have pain picking things up, even moving my thumb is pretty painful. Im waiting to see a specialist. My mum had it bad in both hands and she had the injections which didn't work. I have had the injections in my feet as i have arthritis and plantar fasciitis. Unfortunately it only works for a few days and the pain is back. So in my experience i would't have steroid injections again because in the long run they could do more damage as ive had 4 in my heel and the pain worstens every time it came back. I know everyone is different and there may be someone out there who this has worked for. I hope you find something that works for you. All the best

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      Hi samantha i went to see the hand surgeon and was told i have oa and de quervains tenosynovitis in both hands. The right hand being more painful. I had a cortisone injection for the de quervains earlier and if that doesn't settle i will have an operation to relieve the pain then a further op for the arthritis as xrays have shown bone spurs in both hands, ive got a long way to go but im slowly getting answers and treatment. Will post future results

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    I've got OA in both in knee's. Was off work for 6 months some morning's I could barely walk to the toilet it was so painful. Got loads of calf pain, cramps, general aches. Went to see another gp at my practice and asked if he thought I might have Fibromyalgia but I was only showing certain symptoms. He put me on 60 mg of cymbalta to see what happened. After 6 weeks he upped this to 90mg. Definitely helped with the cramps, calf pain and aches. It's also a good anti depressant which helped my head space. Year later I'm still on the same dose. Although I'm still in pain I can control this with other painkillers. It's not a miracle cure but certainly helps get you through. Good luck xx

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    I had the injection in my right thumb base, it was  extremely painful and unfortunately did very little good I'm afraid.  I am now waiting to have it done again under Xray so that they will ensure it goes in the right spot.  

    I don't really know what to advise you, but I decided to go for it as I was so limited as to what I could do.  Good luck x

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    Surgery is the way to go ..... why?...... meds have their own problems, creams like capiscan and voltraol work for a while, steroid injections don't last long and are very painful..... had surgery twice now onfingers and pain free...... go for it to be pain free, what's stopping you the pain will only get worse as you get more bone on bone 

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    Hi Samantha,i also suffer with osteoarthritis in the fingers and thumbs and wear splints but do nothing for the pain,i also went for physiotherapy but did nothing and gave me exercises to do which were too painful to do,i'm afraid there is only pain killers and ibuprofen gel which don't do much good ,i had to give up my job as i couldn't carry on as too painfull i was a domestic in a emi nursing home and was going home in so much pain so i'm afraid can't give you any advice and would also appreciate any advice as what else we can do .

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    I just had a cortisone injection in my knee and it did not hurt at all.  I don't know about the thumbs but it would probably be worth it.  I know I will need a TKR soon but the cortisone really helped.  I go in two weeks for another one and I and the pain is starting to return, although not anywhere llike it was before the shot.

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