I thought I would revive this thread for a short time after talking with a hand surgeon. The reason I saw him was to discuss a procedure to deal with my Dupuytren's Contracture. He is not only a doctor but also a professor in the area of hand problems/injuries, and has been part of a pioneering treatment in dealing with this disease which involves injections rather than surgery.
However, putting that aside, the problem with my other finger is probably osteoarthritis, which is not really what I wanted to hear, although it confirms my GPs initial diagnosis. What was most interesting though was his comments about all the "natural" remedies that the health food industry promotes with such vigour. I think his opinion of them can be summed up in one word - useless.
He has a rather dry sense of humour and he suggested going into a health food shop and saying "I have these aches and pains in my joints what have you got that might help?". "No problem" they would say. "Take some of these, and some of these, and some more of these and you'll be fine". Then say "Oh, and by the way, my hair is going grey and is falling out. Do you have anything for that too?"
His point was there is nothing you can do about the aging process. The best we can do is keep fit, walk a lot, eat well, and maintain a positive attitude. And hope for the best
. And, of course, keep smiling through the pain!
Would anyone like to add to this, or perhaps refute those comments about the health food industry?
When I was ten, I thought my parents knew everything. When I became twenty, I was convinced they knew nothing. Then, at thirty, I realized I was right when I was ten.