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    I'm not sure this is the right section, or if there is even a section for this question, but hey, I figure a few of us are in a similar age bracket, so the issue could be pertinent. For the past year or so - perhaps a little longer - I've noticed my hands getting more and more arthritic, and it takes me at least 30 minutes to get warmed up enough to play anything meaningful. Even then some scales and positions are on the verge of being painful.

    Do you guys experience anything like this with age, and if so, do you just chalk it up, or maybe use heat, or ice, or some other Ben-Gay like product? Just curious, nothing urgent or critical..:)

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    Try high-dose fish oil
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    Thanks, Mike! I'll try the local GNC.

    Update - I got 1000mg capsules; hopefully thats a good dose if I take 2 a day.

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    And don't take it before your morning coffee.... You'll see why if you do. I find taking it before bed works best for me because I don't knowingly burp when I'm asleep..... It might even help lower yer blood pressure if that's an issue for you...
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    Quote Originally Posted by badxmpl View Post
    And don't take it before your morning coffee.... You'll see why if you do. I find taking it before bed works best for me because I don't knowingly burp when I'm asleep..... It might even help lower yer blood pressure if that's an issue for you...
    Very interesting, thanks! And BP is definitely an issue for me, I even take BP meds - a a couple of other heart meds after my heart surgery a couple of years back. So I guess this is a good thing all in all.

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    Also try some Tart Cherry Juice extract. Not the powder capsule kind but the concentrate. I've got bad arthritis in my shoulders and neck and the Cherry Juice works wonders. I put in a spoon full in some water in the morning. I also take Fish oil. The combo is a god send for me.

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    Hi Srini,
    Hey, I'll be 61 in a few months and yeah, my hands getting more arthritic too.
    I also take a couple of heart meds. Sucks getting old eh?
    Asprin helps. I also use a Ben-Gay like product called ALCiS. A bass player turned me on to this stuff a few years ago.
    The active ingredient in ALCiS is Trolamine Salicylate, (10%)
    ALCiS is designed for temporary relief of minor muscular and joint aches and pains associated with overexertion, strains, sprains, muscle tension, and for temporary relief of minor to mild arthritis pain.
    Oh, it doesn't stink like Ben-Gay either.
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    Thanks so much, jag and Retro. I'm going to definitely look for the cherry extract as well as the ALCis. Getting old sure ain't for sissies, eh? For now, things don't seem too bad, though my playing is nothing like even three or four years ago. I did have to take a major break from playing after the sternotomy because I simply couldn't press the strings down without searing chest pain. It took about six months before I could slowly start playing again, so for a while I wondered if it was just the result of surgery, and whether things would get back to normal soon. Well, two years on, and it still takes me about 30 mins or so of slow deliberate playing to stretch out enough where I feel relatively comfortable playing. Then about 20 or 30 mins later I'm loose enough to play, but not for long, because fatigue sets in.

    What a drag! I have to work around all that when I record, so I'm forced to come up with stuff that doesn't hurt too much to play.

    But now, from what you guys are saying, I just need to take a few supplements and some topical stuff. The funny thing is that I read somewhere online once - when I thought I'd have to quit because of the discomfort - that they tell people with RA to actually start playing a musical instrument to strengthen their hands. This means that we are the lucky ones because we already do something we love to ward off arthritis. Sort of like David Sanborn being advised by his doctor when he was a young boy with asthma, to learn to play the saxophone to strengthen his lungs!

    Thank you so much for your input. I'll be sure to follow everything as much as possible.

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    Hey you can always play slide!

    But really, just do what these guys are tellin' ya, and you'll be doing the best you can. And do a lot of nice warmup exercises on the guitar. In between playing sessions, it's good to get some squeezy toys and work out your hands on those in your down time. Those things help for me. I'm 66 now and I'm doing quite well with the finger dexterity thing but that could just be a personal blessing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Srini View Post
    when I thought I'd have to quit because of the discomfort - that they tell people with RA to actually start playing a musical instrument to strengthen their hands. This means that we are the lucky ones because we already do something we love to ward off arthritis. Sort of like David Sanborn being advised by his doctor when he was a young boy with asthma, to learn to play the saxophone to strengthen his lungs!
    Srini
    Now I like me the sounds of that right there! To be honest whenever I see a guy in his 70's still kicking it on the guitar (as many do) it gives me great hope. We can all be rocking into or elder years and having fun!

 

 

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