Your Favourite Things: From Compression Gloves to Iron Fish
Within the Psoriatic-Arthritis.com community, there are always recommendations for products and/or services that have worked for you, outside prescription medication. In the interest of sharing these suggestions with a wider platform, this is the first of many “Favourite Things” articles you’ll be seeing on the site. In these, we’ll recap some of the top recommendations we’ve received from you, our community members!
Even though we’ll be linking out to the specific products or services that you have suggested, we are not affiliated with these products and we don’t receive any financial compensation from the companies for sharing them. We hope you enjoy, and as always, keep those suggestions coming! Without further ado, let’s recap the top 5 products for Spring 2017 that you say help you manage your psoriatic arthritis symptoms.
IMAK Compression Wear
IMAK Compression arthritis gloves are used by a number of you for hand and finger joint pain. Compression gloves and stockings can be a useful tool for reducing swelling and providing joint support. In addition to arthritis gloves, IMAK also sells compression arthritis socks (cool!) and shin splints. IMAK has also launched a line of products to improve ergonomics (IMAK Ergo) and a line to prevent repetitive injury strains (IMAK RSI).
Sunbeam Heating Pads
If you haven’t already discovered, heating pads and blankets can be an easy way to provide temporary joint pain relief. Sunbeam offers a number of heating products, including back wraps and shoulder wraps. Take care not to burn yourself, and be especially careful if using on areas of skin where you have also applied topical steroid creams.
Lucky Iron Fish
Anemia can be a common symptom of chronic arthritis, and those with anemia can experience additional fatigue and weakness. The underlying association between arthritis and anemia is not well understood but likely has to do with chronic inflammation impeding the body’s ability to produce red blood cells. The Lucky Iron Fish is (you may have guessed) is a ‘fish’ made of iron that you boil in your water for soup, tea, etc. that can significantly increase your iron intake. Bonus: Every fish you buy helps send a Lucky Iron Fish to developing communities where iron intake is inadequate. That’s what I call a win-win!
One community member’s suggestion for preventing finger/wrist pain from typing is to switch things up with the MyScript Stylus. You can use the stylus to write on any touchscreen device and the app converts the writing to text. Repetitive movements can cause pain and irritation for those with psoriatic arthritis, especially the subtle wrist and hand movements used when typing. Switching back and forth between text and stylus may be just the thing to prevent over-use each day.
Biofreeze is a topical analgesic that can help reduce arthritis pain by blocking pain receptors with the cooling effects of menthol (that’s the research in a nutshell!). You can purchase Biofreeze in a number of different application types, from roll-ons, to gels, to aerosol sprays. Bonus, if you’re a healthcare professional you can sign up for some free samples! They do say though that if symptoms persist for more than 7 days you should consult a doctor, which is a little ironic (I’d like also to add that if your symptoms DON’T persist for more than 7 days, please contact ME and tell me your secrets!).
One community member soaks her fingernails and toenails in a Listerine/water mixture and swears by it for reducing nail involvement. Sure, why not?!
Have any of your tried the above products? What are your reviews? If there’s something you’d like to see here in a future article, send it our way. Wishing you all a pain-free day.
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