Easing The Pain

Happy Thursday ladies. Today, I’m updating a post from a few years ago because I see the error of my ways. You may not be able to teach an old dog new tricks but you can remind them of ones they knew;)

Several years ago, arthritis in my thumb began inching toward excruciating. My doctor prescribed a hand brace and copious amounts of Advil to reduce the pain. The results were not terrific. Some days my entire hand burns and I have trouble using it at all so I decided to try an urban myth that promises great relief. Gin-soaked raisins.

I know that cortisone shots can relieve inflammation and reduce pain, but I’ve heard they may also degenerate the thumb joint, so I decided to not go that route.getting a steroid shot into thumb joint with xray machine

Update- I have gone that route.hand xray of cortisone shot

I have to admit, that shot was an amazingly uncomfortable excruciating procedure and no amount of numbing spray could make it tolerable.

Several years ago, a friend recommended something she swears by, which I thought sounded insane. The theory is that a daily regimen of ingesting gin-soaked raisins will help ease the pain of arthritis. I thought she was kidding but a quick look around the internet turns up many recipes and testimonials about its effectiveness.

Gin soaked raisins on A Well Styled Life

It sounded so unlikely I checked it on Snopes, the definitive internet fact-checking resource for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation. Snopes could not disprove it so I decided to give it a shot!

Here’s my gin-soaked raisin recipe:


  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1 -2-cup gin (enough to just cover the raisins)

Gin soaked raisin recipe on A Well Styled Life


  1. Before you get started, make sure your gin is made with real juniper berries. This is a critical component.
  2. Put the golden raisins in a shallow glass container and add enough gin to just cover the raisins.
  3. Cover the container with cheesecloth and allow to stand until the raisins absorb the gin and the remaining liquid evaporates which usually takes about one week.
  4. Each day, eat NINE of these “drunken” raisins.

I let my raisins sit for 2 weeks, not to make them stronger but because they looked gross. Some of my raisins didn’t plump up. They actually looked pretty nasty so I assume they were too dried out to start with and I tossed them.Gin soaked raisin recipe

Gin soaked raisins are an acquired taste but if they help the pain, they’re worth it.

Update, this did help alleviate some of my arthritis pain so I gradually stopped taking them! Very dumb. I’m back in a thumb brace, waiting for the cortisone to kick in and preparing my next batch of gin-soaked raisins.

Have you tried this?

How do you treat your arthritis?


Thanks for reading ladies and have a great day!


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  1. ssusaan denton
    March 19, 2020 / 10:28 am

    I too have BAD thumb joint pain & went to the doc last year where he gave me a shot/a big ‘honkin’ brace. I want to get a smaller 1 so I can type. Can you send a link to the 1 you have to me?

    • Jennifer
      March 19, 2020 / 11:17 pm

      This was the brace sold by my doctor’s physical therapy department. It was not custom made, but also not the best fit. Ask your doctor for a smaller option.

  2. Deborah S
    March 11, 2020 / 5:34 pm

    My husband and I both take Turmeric & Curcumin for ours. I start hurting when I DON’T take it!

  3. Linda
    March 9, 2020 / 6:54 pm

    My knees. Oh, my knees. Heat therapy helps. I take naproxen but don’t want to (it helps a little).

  4. Barbara Daley
    March 7, 2020 / 9:12 am

    I have been using cbd oil that my son sent me and I find it does help. I’m unable to take NSAIDS and Tylenol doesn’t help a lot so I’m grateful for the oil. My arthritis has now spread to my other hand and I have some restricted motion in both hands so this was really a Godsend. Hoping you find relief soon.

    • Jennifer
      March 7, 2020 / 9:44 pm

      I can’t take Advil, etc either. I’ve ordered some cbd to try also

  5. Laurie
    March 6, 2020 / 5:19 am

    An infrared mitt warms and soothes my hand and reduces inflammation, similar to the “red light” therapy found at a spa or cosmetic boutique. I have arthritis in the carpometacarpal joint of my right thumb, so common in ‘ahem’ mature women. I wear Dritz compression gloves when I sew and have tried many topical gels, hand yoga, pain relievers, and a cortisone injection. This mitt is the easiest and most effective therapy so far.

    • Jennifer
      March 6, 2020 / 10:17 am

      Thank you for sharing this, Laurie! It sounds great.

  6. Rose
    March 5, 2020 / 5:31 pm

    It really is interesting to hear what works and has helped others.

    Something I read recently on another blog re RA – the person drank alkaline water and it really helped her.

    My husband is now taking an infusion/biologic and he is noticing an improvement re his hands.

    • Jennifer
      March 6, 2020 / 10:16 am

      I have read that acidic foods increase inflammation. I’m going to learn more about it

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