Nutritional supplements may help too. Try Athred. It’s a
patented product. Used to be available only in one product, now
is more available in regular stores. The powdered product will
be called something else “Joint Free” is one brand, but read the
label and look for Arthred. I’ve been taking it for over a year
for my wrist/elbow and it helps a lot.
You might also try shark cartilage, which is widely available.
I assume you wear/wore braces as well? It’s horrible, as
jewelers, to lose the use (or partially lose) of our hands.
When I was having trouble I joked that nobody wanted a one armed
jeweler. Even having trouble doing “daily living skills” is
frustrating, much less losing one’s livelihood.
I didn’t have a problem as serious as yours, Jesse. I am pretty
much all better now. I tried a lot of different things, not
sure what finally worked. Some time away from jewelry in a
different job may have helped. I still keep up the Arthred, use
a pen mouse (mentioned in previous post), don’t sleep on my
hands, and take breaks while working at the bench. I also just
don’t do certain things any more, out of concern that they will
trigger a bad relapse. It seemed like the problems would never
end, and I dispaired that I would have to give up the bench
completely, but I didn’t…and I’m okay now.
Not the most inspiring tale ever, but my hands are okay.