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This sounds weird, probably, but I'm wondering if there are special every-day (but specially-made) items for osteoarthritis sufferers.  I have OA in my hands, bad (recently diagnosed - I am 53).  The pain can be so bad.  I just started a new job in an office where stapling is an oft-done activity.  I staple papers together a lot, and it just kills.  Are there things like staplers that are made for weak or sore hands? and if so, any recommendations?  Thank you! 

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    Imogene2, I don't have any info for weak or sore hands but I do have some advice.  My fingers were all so riddled with OA and they are all a little bent and crooked but they used to get so swollen at the knuckles and the colder and damper it was the worse they would get.  I was having horrible trouble with my stomach for many years and it was getting worse.  I had been on strong stomach pills for a few years and eventually tried going gluten free to see if it would help...well, I no longer have stomach meds at all and the OA in my hands has completely cleared up.  I also had it in one elbow and it has also cleared up.  I have advanced OA in my lower spine and it has gotten much better where I can even go on my treadmill carefully everyday.  Hope this helps some. 
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    Hi, today I was prescribed Belbuca which is an opidoid.  I was suffering so bad that when i met with my pain clinic today they changed me from Brutrans seven day patch to Belbuca 150 micro grams.  I know I will feel better shortly.  I mistakenly said that Brutrans was morphine but it definetly is not!.  explained by the Doctor today.
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