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Old 29th June 2013 | Show parent
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Be sceptical about doctors and the pharmaceutical industry, also be sceptical about people who claim to be able to cure or prevent things like RA through diet and lifestyle.
My point exactly. Don't trust anything - check everything out for yourself. That's what I mean about finding your personal truth. Don't let somebody else tell you what to believe, because what you choose to belief does affect your actions and your outcome. What you believe affects your reality.

**** happens - but there is always something you can do.

Last I saw some figures, about 20% of deaths are medical misadventures. The professional health industry does not get everything right. And like most science, they laugh at the ignorance of their peers who are 10 years behind the ball. Not realising that in 10, 20, 100 years the science of the future will laugh at what is being done today in the name of science.

You can google yourself and find stories of people who say they cured their RA with diet. Maybe it is something as simple as giving up milk. If that is their personal truth and it works, that sounds like a good choice they made. That may not be your personal truth, so don't think for one minute I am suggesting that if you give up milk you will cure your RA.

What I am saying is, don't trust anyone who says you can cure RA. And don't trust anyone who says it is incurable. If you want to, see for yourself and make your own choice. You can choice to curl up and die, if that is your choice. I'm just saying you have options.
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Don't let somebody else tell you what to believe
Got it!

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Old 11th March 2016
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I have a 1953 martin d28 I have been playing for all these wonderful years with friends, I am now 78 , with arthurites in my right hand,painful untill after operation here in Las Vegas Nevada. I can now strum with no more pain . The reason why I'm saying this , because I clap at performances instead I don't put hands flat. To clap I clinch my right hand toclap this way , i loved watching bb and I noticed bb clapped this way. I wondered if bb kinghad it in his right hand.
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Hey, I find your post courageous. I have RA and have been playing guitar since I was 10 (now 53). I know my playing days are numbered. It is like watching someone you love die. If this is too "negative" for someone, tough. Everyday of even tinkering for a bit, is a gift. I am thinking keyboards may be next for me, since the touch is lighter. Good luck, and peace to everyone.
Think about slide guitar. I'm a pro blues guitarist. Now at age 71 I was diagnosed as having RA. I had been noticing pain in my wrists, forearms, legs and neck and that's when I went and got tested. At this point I can still play electric with light gauge 9-1/2's, but acoustic playing is tough. I had never really bothered to learn to play slide guitar, but with the onset of less strength and range of motion with my fingers, slide guitar is where I'm headed I believe.
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Les Paul suffered from arthritis. I have a touch of it too now in base of my thumbs. I take miniatous dose of prednisone and when a flareup occurs I up dose to 5mg. The battle is to minimize inflammation and the drug industry makes dozens of anti inflammatory drugs. See a specialist and get a prescription.
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I think most people here are confusing Osteoarthritis (OA) with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). Although they both have the word "arthritis" in their names, they're very different diseases. OA, the most common form of arthritis, is mainly age related and caused by "wear and tear" on the joints. RA is a relatively rare systemic autoimmune disease that primarily attacks the synovium, but also often attacks the internal organs: the heart, lungs, eyes and vascular system. These extra-articular manifestations are what lead to the increased mortality rates seen in Rheumatoid Arthritis. As others have mentioned, RA usually occurs at an earlier age and can strike children (Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis) and even infants. Not to say that OA isn't bad, but RA and the drugs used to treat it, mostly immuno-suppressants, are much more serious.

I may be wrong, but I'm almost positive that, with the exception of Red Rhodes, none of the musicians mentioned in this thread actually have Rheumatoid Arthritis. It's pretty obvious that Keith Richards has Osteoarthritis. If he had RA with hands that looked that bad he probably couldn't tie his shoes, let alone still play the guitar. From the Barry Gibb link above, that doesn't sound like RA either; you don't get RA from "playing too much tennis". EVH, Bob Dylan, Bert Jansch - from the information that's out there, all would appear to have OA too. Daniel Johns has Reactive Arthritis, something entirely different.

The link below is to a Rheumatologist's blog where he discusses Keith Richards' hands:

http://http://www.ronankavanagh.ie/musicians-health/learning-from-keith-richards-fingers-why-musicians-get-sore/

And if anybody wants to learn more about Rheumatoid Arthritis, Johns Hopkins has a good overview:

Rheumatoid Arthritis : Signs & Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment Information

Peace.
I agree about Keith Richards. His fingers are full of OA, not RA.
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I’m a pianist. I have some arthritis. I can also play a little guitar. Three years ago I took a gig on guitar and started playing a good amount. Then I developed trigger finger. David Crosby had it too.
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Les Paul suffered from arthritis. I have a touch of it too now in base of my thumbs. I take miniatous dose of prednisone and when a flareup occurs I up dose to 5mg. The battle is to minimize inflammation and the drug industry makes dozens of anti inflammatory drugs. See a specialist and get a prescription.
Les Paul had a major car accident he barely survived that crushed his right arm and elbow among a lot of other bad injuries. He asked the doctors to set it so he could play. I think his elbow joint wouldn't move much after that.

For myself i had to stop playing for 2 years when my left elbow tendinosis (aka tendonitis) became unmanageable. I started up again after that time and was fine for a year or two, until my hands started going numb from carpal tunnel syndrome. i was supposed to get the surgery last March, then Covid happened. I've been getting cortisone shots to manage it every 9 months or so. But I can't really play for long before things tingle and go numb.
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I too had to put the guitar in the case for over a year due to tendenitis in my right elbow. I used to flatpack (fiddle tunes) and I've never been able to come back from the tendonitis. Clearly it was caused by bad habits I acquired from years of playing my Stratocaster. I'm in my sunset years and have realized I'm never going to fix the bad mechanics so playing fast is no longer an option. Not that playing fast was ever my thing but being able to do it when needed was part of my tool kit and those days are over.

Be careful with the cortisone.
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I too had to put the guitar in the case for over a year due to tendenitis in my right elbow. I used to flatpack (fiddle tunes) and I've never been able to come back from the tendonitis. Clearly it was caused by bad habits I acquired from years of playing my Stratocaster. I'm in my sunset years and have realized I'm never going to fix the bad mechanics so playing fast is no longer an option. Not that playing fast was ever my thing but being able to do it when needed was part of my tool kit and those days are over.

Be careful with the cortisone.
I think for me the tendonitis in my left arm was a combination of being very aggressive with string bending, i mean very. Also i was playing a lot in a group with a bassist who A) played very loud, B) Couldn't hear themselves sing so I had to keep turning down. Which made me grip and play even harder.

The carpal tunnel according to my hand specialist is most likely genetic. But I imagine 35+ years of playing abuse didn't help.
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