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    Been a while since I started a thread!

    In the winter my girlfriend gets very cold hands/feet, she always has. Recently (this winter and last) her finger joints swell and the skin cracks on them.

    When she is cold they ache and when she gets warmer they get really hot and itchy.

    She had a load of tests done last winter and the results came back negative for everything so they sent her off with a prescription for diclofenac.

    I know medical advce is banned on the forums, I'm not asking for that. What I'm loking for is supplements to help rheumatism (what I suspect it might be) and poor circulation.

    I was thinking Gingko Biloba? Maybe arginine or something like that would help also?

    Her diet is pretty good, so I dont think she wold have a deficiency of any type.
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    I have the exact same thing which is a form of dermatitis, in the past lavender gel has helped calm this but in extream weather she may be better to consult a doctor for a cream to soothe the symptoms.
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    Originally Posted by Bebop1980 View Post
    I have the exact same thing which is a form of dermatitis, in the past lavender gel has helped calm this but in extream weather she may be better to consult a doctor for a cream to soothe the symptoms.
    Interesting, so I may be barking up the wrong tree thinking its rheumatism then. I'll look into it, thanks!
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    off topic, my gym has no central heating and its getting awfully cold, this has def negatively influenced my lifting, cant seem to get warmth in the hands even after an hour of lifting, I know gloves are the obv solution but im skint and prefer not to use them, anyone else have the same issue?
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    Originally Posted by khris View Post
    off topic, my gym has no central heating and its getting awfully cold, this has def negatively influenced my lifting, cant seem to get warmth in the hands even after an hour of lifting, I know gloves are the obv solution but im skint and prefer not to use them, anyone else have the same issue?
    Yeh i do as well Khris. Ministry is in a warehouse with no heating and the shutters are usually open so its usually 0 or below in there. Basically its like we are lifting outside haha. Layer up is my advice. I wear 4 layers when im in there. Im going to invest in some subarmour heat gear to trap that warmth in.

    As for the hands you just have to deal with it. Forget gloves.
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    Diclofenac is an anti-inflammatory (often sold as voltarol), I found it was great in allowing my back to recover from injury, but I wouldn't want to take it long term. As a prescription it sounds like a guess and at best treating the symptoms rather than the cause. I'd look for a second opinion.
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    Originally Posted by Elvis View Post
    Diclofenac is an anti-inflammatory (often sold as voltarol), I found it was great in allowing my back to recover from injury, but I wouldn't want to take it long term. As a prescription it sounds like a guess and at best treating the symptoms rather than the cause. I'd look for a second opinion.
    Yeah, I thought exactly the same to be honest mate. Certainly not treating the cause! NSAID's never do.
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    My dad has a pretty sever rheumatoid condition. There is a certain LEAF from a PLANT that he uses to relieve the pain. You may struggle to find it in the shops though. The name escapes me right now. :| its definetely not a WEED though. When he first started using this treatment he went from barely getting out of his chair to running up and down stairs.

    Other than that hot baths, handwarmers and avoiding the cold seem to help. He still uses the standard ibroprofen and paricetimol too but the aforementioned herbal solution is often the best solution.

    Hopefully this is helpful.
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    Originally Posted by comanight2 View Post
    My dad has a pretty sever rheumatoid condition. There is a certain LEAF from a PLANT that he uses to relieve the pain. You may struggle to find it in the shops though. The name escapes me right now. :| its definetely not a WEED though. When he first started using this treatment he went from barely getting out of his chair to running up and down stairs.

    Other than that hot baths, handwarmers and avoiding the cold seem to help. He still uses the standard ibroprofen and paricetimol too but the aforementioned herbal solution is often the best solution.

    Hopefully this is helpful.
    lol. The pain isn't that bad. It's just annoying. I have a few horse chestnuts nearby, I'll feed her the leaves from those.
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    haha well we can be glad of that atleast :P

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