I remember vividly, the pain my mother felt in her shoulders and fingers because she labored physically in the garden - landscaping and even moving rocks by hand. She'd say in Armenian: My hands are trembling...they're numb. Then her shoulder would hurt in agonizing pain.
I sit at this computer when I'm not traveling and I think it's taken a similar toll on my fingers, wrists, and shoulders.
Despite eating healthy and even training (through the pain) to run in the March 2011 Los Angeles Marathon (26.2 miles), arthritis is a constant companion.
I began seeing an acupuncturist and am amazed how her work is eliminating the stinging pain I'd feel in my joints. She mentioned yesterday that she practices the Chinese form of acupuncture which gets at the nerve; whereas the Korean style is more gentle. It hasn't reduced the swelling but the lack of pain allows me to move my thumbs without pain. Whatever it is, IT WORKS for ME!