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Post by Mary Gonzalez on Sun May 05, 2013 3:09 pm

I had some blood work done a couple weeks ago due to really bad pain in my hands, feet, and various joints of my body for the past year (my old doctor never ran any tests and basically told me to suck it up). On Wednesday my (new) doctor confirmed that the problem is rheumatoid arthritis (being "very positive" for the rheumatoid factor). Obviously this really sucks, even more so that I just turned 18 on Thursday, and my first thought was "how is this going to affect face painting?"

It's only recently started to REALLY affect my hands (rendering me unable to even do push ups at the gym), and I'm afraid of it getting really worse. I already had to stop doing Aztec dance because the pain in my feet was too bad, and I don't want to have to stop painting as well.


Does anyone else have arthritis and still paint? How does it affect your painting, if at all? I need confirmation to bring my hopes back up Laughing
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Post by veelux on Sun May 05, 2013 4:04 pm

Wow Mary, you are so young to have to deal with that already. I am sorry to hear that. I don't have the same problem but I do have a bad back and I learned my limits and just work within them. I can't do 4 hour events if I have to just face paint constantly. I need to stand and sit or walk around and strech occasionally. You might have to find what works best for you and be concscience of what makes it flare up, and what you can do to make it ease off. There are lots of safe meds that can relieve the swelling and pain. Find your limit and don't push yourself beyond it. Good luck honey, I hope you don't give it up, sounds like you really love to do it.
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Post by Doe on Sun May 05, 2013 10:18 pm

I do. :-(

In the past, I had cortisone shots. Then they stopped working. Then I got a prescription for diclofenac (Voltaren) in pill format. I was amazed at how much it helped. I also have Voltaren gel.

I will say that I am surprised that I have gotten some very effective relief from HIGH dosage, very consistent, use of a glucosamine/chondroitin tablet. I started with a prescription (from a naturopath) and moved on to using the Kirkland/Costco brand. It is surprising how much it helps. I had gotten to the point where I never wanted to write anything - even sign my name - and the thought of shaking hands made me cry.

When I was first dx'd I thought I was done for - I make *all* of my money either acting, teaching acting, teaching stage makeup, photography or facepainting. All of these skills require the use of your hands and feet... and my affliction was worst in my right hand and right foot.

I can go actually go weeks without a flare now. It's just SO MUCH BETTER.

I have friends who take enbrel for their arthritis and find it fairly effective.

I wish you the best!

Oh, studies show that capsacin gels also offer some relief. So does vicodin. ;-)
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Post by TinafromNY on Mon May 06, 2013 12:18 pm

Sorry to hear you got that diagnosis so young. The good part is, there are many meds that can help, but if I were you, I'd do some internet research on foods that have an anti-inflammatory effect. Some foods can help too and are safe, unlike drugs. If you can, stay away from cortisone of any kind. Just my opinion, but my daughter worked as a physicians asst. for an Orthopedic Dr. and says cortisone is always harmful, even after one shot, it damages tissue. Also my brother was on it (orally) for years, may times, for Ulcerative colitis and it gave him cataracts at only about age 40. There are so many other choices, especially natural. The other good news is that millions of people have arthritis and still perform well in their jobs, even if it includes using their hands. See is you can find a Juvenile Arthritis message board for tips, it might make you feel a lot better. Keep your hands nice and warm if you can, during colder or damper outdoor gigs. I have Fibromyalgia myself and although it doesn't actually cause the body permanent DAMAGE, it feels JUST like arthritis. I've learned to live with that feeling and still be a good face painter..you get used to some of the pain and don't think about it as it becomes the norm for you. Not great, I know, but always could be worse!!! I make a few accommodations for it, like I don't lug my supplies up and down my 3 flights of stairs...everything but the paints, I always leave in my car. I wear my Home Depot clerk type back brace when my back aches, wear gloves with the very fingertips cut off when I paint in cold or damp places and pop an advil or something before I go to a long gig. It never goes totally away, but allows me to be a face painter just fine!!! Keep your chin up...you're young and they're making a lot of advances in arthritis, they'll probably make plenty in your lifetime. I heard Tumeric supplements really help inflammation. I never tried them myself but they're supposed to be good, do some research on them. Also, Arthritis is an auto immune disease, your body working overtime. My Fibro gets really bad according to my other allergies level, so if you have other allergies too, try to control them separately and the Arthritis can improve some too!!! Good luck!
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Post by Mary Gonzalez on Tue May 07, 2013 1:58 am

Thanks ladies Smile

When my old doctor didn't run any tests or anything my mom got frustrated and took me to a naturalist lady, which has supplied me witch natural remedies that actually helped me a bit. It used to be to the point where I couldn't walk sometimes because the pain was so bad so I had to crawl to the bathroom or kitchen. Ever since I got on those natural stuff, I haven't had to crawl Laughing

Doe, as for glucosamine, I was actually given a glucosamine cream to use on my hands when the pain got too bad, but it didn't really seem to help :/


My mom told me a while ago that the doctors office called and set up my appointment with the rheumatologist on the 29th. It's a while away, but at least I'll get there. I'm going to be swamping him/her with loads of questions, because I heard I can't even workout at the gym as vigorously anymore D:

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Post by JJJJJ on Tue May 07, 2013 8:27 am

Of course you need to run any and everything by your doctors, but just to let you know: my sister-in-law has suffered with this since age 18. Currently she finds great relief with Enbrel. Also, the advice above about researching foods and eating an anti-inflammatory diet is very good. The typical diet in this country is crap. If you can take a good look at what you eat, and read up, and make positive changes, it can make a huge difference. I changed the way I ate several years ago, and lots of general aches and pains up and disappeared. Key points: avoid sugars and simple carbs. They are huge causes of inflammation in the body. Good luck to you! You can have a great life even with this, especially if you manage it well. I wish you the best!

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Post by silversky on Tue May 07, 2013 9:27 am

Not sure if it would help with your athritis but I take krill oil tablets for my osteopath athritis and I know when I have forgotten for a couple of days as the pain starts again.
As the others have said maybe look at your diet as well as taking advice from the specialist (hopefully he will suggest same) My niece was diagnosed with rheumatoid athritis when she was very young and her mother totally changed her diet to remove all sugars and white carbs , I don't know all the details but I know they were the main two things to avoid. , she is 21 now and still follows her healthy diet which is now second nature to her, and she has it under control. Good luck....
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