I have been diagnosed with advanced arthritis as of January 2015. The worst spots are in both hands in the thumbs and index fingers. The doctor literally told me to not do anything using my hands for few days. I honestly prefer euthanasia than to listen to this doctor. Also, this is literally impossible without being unconscious for a few days for me.
I find that the cold and dryness are the WORST for my hands, and in fact, over the summer, I would only use a/c for the feet on my car because just the vented cool hair from my car would cause quite a bit of pain.
I enjoyed the summer without these pain, and winter is around the corner and as the weather cools down, the arthritis returned with revenge. I often sit on one hand at least during lectures to rotate which hand to write notes with and to warm up the hands.
Something I noticed is that while it really hurts my hands to do anything including nothing, playing a mediocre amount(1~3hrs in a day) of violin seems to ease the pain for a few days.
Basically my hands start becoming relaxed and well warmed-up from playing, the pain goes away. I also found that playing a LOT (5~10 hrs in a day) made the pain worse for the next few days.
How do others cope with their seasonal pain with arthritis?
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