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Posted by: ilovemycat, Thursday, May 2, 2013, 5:05pm
I have been having an issue with my fingers (and most recently my elbows) over the last few months....Whenever I wake up from a nap, a nights sleep or often in the middle of the night my fingers are swollen and so painful that I cannot move them...All of my xrays and lab work turns up absolutley nothing and I am getting very frustrated, as along with severe fatigue I am having a hard time getting through the day....I almost hate to go to sleep, because I know I will wake up to horrible pain...Any clues????
Posted by: Chloe, Thursday, May 2, 2013, 5:50pm; Reply: 1
Quoted from ilovemycat
I have been having an issue with my fingers (and most recently my elbows) over the last few months....Whenever I wake up from a nap, a nights sleep or often in the middle of the night my fingers are swollen and so painful that I cannot move them...All of my xrays and lab work turns up absolutley nothing and I am getting very frustrated, as along with severe fatigue I am having a hard time getting through the day....I almost hate to go to sleep, because I know I will wake up to horrible pain...Any clues????


Some thoughts but don't know the solution or the cause.  You could be sleeping on your arm or
hand, cutting off blood supply.  You could have sluggish circulation.  Do you exercise?  You must
move lymphatic fluid with exercise or else your circulation slows down to a crawl.  Being a type O, your body thrives on regular exercise.

You could have lectin damage from having ingested what will now be considered toxic foods on
your diet.  Deflect for O comes to mind.

Is your sodium level high?  Are you eating wheat or foods that might make your body hold onto
toxic fluids?

Try some exercise....hand weights....swinging your arms over your head.....going for a walk.
Don't know if you have any other health issues beyond this.  Are you taking any medication?

Are you dehydrated?  Try drinking a squeeze of lemon into a glass of water plus a tiny pinch of
good sea salt first thing in the morning.  Drink a glass of water (consciously) every 2 hours to
see if you're eliminating any of this fluid build up.

Do you take any supplements?  How compliant are you on your diet?

Sorry for all the questions. I'd like to be helpful, but symptoms are just symptoms without more
information.

Hoping others will come forward with some thoughts or suggestions.

Posted by: Lola, Thursday, May 2, 2013, 5:51pm; Reply: 2
are you following the arthritis advice?

have you already done a secretor test or do you assume you are a secretor?

http://www.4yourtype.com/prodinfo.asp?number=ED063S
Posted by: ilovemycat, Thursday, May 2, 2013, 5:59pm; Reply: 3


Yes I do exercise, I try for at least an hour on the elliptical a day, though some days I just dont have the energy  :)

I also do take medication; Cymbalta, Exalgo and Hydrocodone for breakthrough pain, and gabapentin to help me sleep....I have been having such a hard time getting through every day, that I have not been so good about sticking to the diet....It is very possible that I am dehydrated, as I know I don't drink enough water....I don't think that I am sleeping on my hands, as every time I wake up either through the night or in the morning I am not on them and my husband says he's never seen me sleeping on them...
Posted by: Chloe, Thursday, May 2, 2013, 6:17pm; Reply: 4
Quoted from ilovemycat


Yes I do exercise, I try for at least an hour on the elliptical a day, though some days I just dont have the energy  :)

I also do take medication; Cymbalta, Exalgo and Hydrocodone for breakthrough pain, and gabapentin to help me sleep....I have been having such a hard time getting through every day, that I have not been so good about sticking to the diet....It is very possible that I am dehydrated, as I know I don't drink enough water....I don't think that I am sleeping on my hands, as every time I wake up either through the night or in the morning I am not on them and my husband says he's never seen me sleeping on them...


Good job on exercising. :) Without enough fluid in your body, before and after an hour spent
sweating on the elliptical, it's likely you're getting very dehydrated....Maybe focus more on eating foods from your beneficial list as well as upping your fluids.  Make sure to eat veggies and fruit as they contain electrolytes like natural potassium/sodium, which will help control fluid balance.  Bananas contain potassium.  A good fruit for an O.

I suspect one of your meds could be giving you side effects.  You might want to google each
one of them and compare your symptoms to the side effects list.  Also you could call your
pharmacy and ask a professional if any of these drugs could be the cause your sore, swollen fingers.  Sorry for your suffering.  Hope you get to the bottom of this.

And yes, if I were you, I'd focus on drinking a lot more water with some lemon/sea salt and see if this helps.  Feel better and please let us know if you feel any improvement on a more compliant diet.  Sometimes when you feel rotten, it's difficult to eat well....but this is the time when
eating well is going to be your healer..... your real medicine.

Posted by: ruthiegirl, Thursday, May 2, 2013, 6:47pm; Reply: 5
What has your diet been like? Are you new to BTD or have you been following it for a while?
Posted by: Jane, Thursday, May 2, 2013, 7:05pm; Reply: 6
Sounds like some form of arthritis????  Hope you find a solution soon.  Sounds very painful.
Posted by: Adopted4, Thursday, May 2, 2013, 7:17pm; Reply: 7
It could be gout related; high uric acid. Even if doctors tested for it and didn't find anything wrong, you would probably benefit from cherry juice concentrate. I have had gout in my ring finger and right big toe, and just running out of it for a few days will usually result in some stiffness and discomfort in those places. The reviews of the supplements I've taken in the past have often included those that have used it for general joint discomfort, not just gout.

I have had a history of joint problems as well as in my dad, and it seems like a worthwhile supplement to use regularly. It doesn't have to cost much either, unlike 100% cherry juice.

I hope you find relief soon.
Posted by: ABJoe, Thursday, May 2, 2013, 7:39pm; Reply: 8
Quoted from ilovemycat
I also do take medication; Cymbalta, Exalgo and Hydrocodone for breakthrough pain, and gabapentin to help me sleep...

Under side effect for Cymbalta:
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing

Bold is mine...
Posted by: ilovemycat, Thursday, May 2, 2013, 8:55pm; Reply: 9
I just received a copy of my rheumy's report, and states that everything was normal (he even tested my vitamin D level which was at 33) except a "slight periarticular marrow lucency"....He didn't mention it in my visit, so I'm guessing it's no big deal, but anyone know what this is?
Posted by: ABJoe, Thursday, May 2, 2013, 9:15pm; Reply: 10
Quoted from ilovemycat
I just received a copy of my rheumy's report, and states that everything was normal (he even tested my vitamin D level which was at 33) except a "slight periarticular marrow lucency"....He didn't mention it in my visit, so I'm guessing it's no big deal, but anyone know what this is?

periarticular /peri·ar·tic·u·lar/ (-ahr-tik´u-lar) around a joint.

Red marrow is found mainly in the flat bones, such as the pelvis, sternum, cranium, ribs, vertebrae and scapulae, and in the cancellous ("spongy") material at the epiphyseal ends of long bones such as the femur and humerus.

lucency  Type: Term  Pronunciation: lū′sent-sē
Definitions:
1. In radiology, a region in an image caused by an absorber of lower x-ray attenuation than its surrounding tissues; in general, the opposite of opacity.

It appears that the red marrow around the joint(s) is showing a higher "transparency" (for lack of better term) than "normal".  It seems like this is the start of arthritis, although probably not bad enough to create an alarm for the Dr.  Eating right 4 your type is anti-inflammatory, so it will probably help reduce or reverse this if you were to implement it...
Posted by: wanthanee, Friday, May 3, 2013, 12:15am; Reply: 11
Quoted from ilovemycat
I have been having an issue with my fingers (and most recently my elbows) over the last few months....Whenever I wake up from a nap, a nights sleep or often in the middle of the night my fingers are swollen and so painful that I cannot move them...All of my xrays and lab work turns up absolutley nothing and I am getting very frustrated, as along with severe fatigue I am having a hard time getting through the day....I almost hate to go to sleep, because I know I will wake up to horrible pain...Any clues????


:D I am sorry if this is a different subject.  ;D

I’m not sure if this works but it seem very interesting.  Please try to eat the fruits that contain vitamin C while you are watching funny movies or reading a funny book.

Curative powers
In chronic pain due to heart disease and arthritis writer Norman cousins developed a wellness regimen that was part vitamin C and part positive attitude. He actively practiced love, faith, hope-and laughter induced by Marx Brothers films. “ I made the joyous discovery that ten minutes of genuine belly laughter had an anesthetic effect and would give me at least two hours of pain –free sleep.”  Said Cousins, who wrote about his humor therapy in numerous books.
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Why laughing makes us feel better
One theory is that early man used it as a kind of shared expression of relief at the passing of danger.
Another theory, concocted by Sigmund Freud, is that laughter releases tension and “psychic energy”-and is there by a way to cope when we’re sad, upset or angry. Freud called it his “relief theory.
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Laugh yourself thin
Ten minutes of laughter burns about 50 calories. Laugh that much three times a day and you’ll burn off about 3.5 pounds in three weeks.

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