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Easing The Pain

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:

Ingredients

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

Gin soaked raisin recipe on A Well Styled Life

Directions

  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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143 Comments

  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
      Author
      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
      Author
      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.
    https://www.hammacher.com/product/heated-hand-pain-reliever?promo=personal-care-pain-relief

    • Jennifer
      Author
      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
      Author
      March 6, 2020 / 10:16 am

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

  7. Norma G
    March 5, 2020 / 4:31 pm

    Wow! Apparently Arthritis pain relief is an important subject for so many. I feel blessed that although my Dr.told me about 10 years ago that an MRI and a CAT Scan both show that I have arthritis, I have no symptoms. However, I do have occasional localized pain when doing certain movements that aggravate an old neck/ shoulder injury. I have friends that swear by Turmeric and CBD for arthritis pain. I’ve been taking Glucosamine/Chrodroitin supplements for over 25 years and tribute my painfree movements to that, whether it really works or not, I will continue using it.

  8. Gayle Murphy
    March 5, 2020 / 2:11 pm

    I am astounded by the response to this post. It is absolutely wonderful. I am blessed. I don’t suffer with this, but I have read all the comments up to here and I am just so pleased to see such an outpouring of caring and advice. Makes me feel good about the world, and that’s in short supply lately. Jennifer, you bring out the best in people.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      March 6, 2020 / 9:23 am

      I feel so blessed. My readers are the very best, Gayle!!

  9. Kim
    March 5, 2020 / 1:38 pm

    I also suffer from Basal Thumb Arthritis. I take Turmeric that I get from my Nutritionist. I have also done the Apple Cider Vinegar drink with 1/4 tsp of Turmeric, Ginger, Cinnamon and Nutmeg and a squirt of honey. This will help with inflammation and weight control if you can tolerate the drink. Put in 8oz of water hot or cold. The best remedy has been low dose Naltrexone and the Turmeric. I am on 2mg daily for small joint arthritis and Hoshimotos. Helps with other autoimmune diseases but good luck finding a physician to prescribed.

  10. Paula
    March 5, 2020 / 1:06 pm

    Reading your blog post and all the replies, what a wealth of information!! Thank you Jennifer for starting this conversation and I’ll be watching for follow ups!!! 🙂

  11. Connie
    March 5, 2020 / 10:55 am

    My daughter is a nurse with psoriatic arthritis who swears by Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides. It comes in a white 24 oz tub and has a blue label with a cow sketch picture. She buys it at the Roseville Costco. I just started using it myself, so I’m still in a “let’s hope” phase. It does make sense to replace the collagen in your joints. I’m going to try the gin raisins too!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      March 5, 2020 / 12:54 pm

      Thank you Connie!! I’ll try some too.

      • S Doyle
        April 28, 2020 / 5:57 pm

        I recently heard about collagen pills for joint pain, but the cream would be much better. I hope I can find it at Costco in Canada

  12. Mollie M.
    March 5, 2020 / 9:31 am

    My goodness, so many suggestions to relieve arthritis! I have osteoarthritis all over, especially in my shoulders and hands. I cannot write anymore. I do not take anything really for it, but maybe an Alleve now and then, but only one in the morning. I will try the raisins in gin. Arthritis makes you very tired and that really bothers me. Thank you everyone for all of the suggestions!

  13. Leslie Larkin
    March 5, 2020 / 9:16 am

    Hi Jennifer, I sympathize with you as I have severe Osteoarthritis and Fibromyalgia. (Both knees replaced before age 60) Anyway, have you tried Voltaren gel? it is a prescription NSAID gel that has worked for me. Also, I changed to a Whole Foods Plant-Based Diet, which has been a tremendous help for me. Best of luck!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      March 5, 2020 / 12:49 pm

      I wondered if those topical gels worked. Thanks for the recommendation.

  14. maryellen walsh small
    March 5, 2020 / 9:10 am

    I keep Mason jars filled with things to put on my cereal or yogurt. Drunken raisins every day. They work so subtly that you don’t think they are working until you travel or forget them and then the pain comes back and you know they work. The gin evaporates when you leave the jar cap off the first week. Also in Mason jars I have dried tart cherries along with sugared ginger slices which I tear into bits as a sweetener. Also walnut bits, , sliced almonds, dried blueberries, dried coconut, flaxseed…
    So all these Mason jars full of goodies are at the ready as cereal or yogurt toppings. The one I never miss is the raisins with the tart cherries my second most useful for pain.

    There’s a spice mixture called Ras el Hanout, which is a Moroccanspice ..that you can get on Amazon. Has tumeric, ginger, cinnamon, fennel, anise, cardamom and on and on. I thought I was only only one who knew this and then saw someone on the Great British Baking Show use it. I put it into soups, pastas, veggies. The one I bought is from Zamuri Spices but have not tried others and will.

    • Mary Ann Simpkins
      March 5, 2020 / 9:57 am

      One question….Do the Gin soaked raisins need to be refrigerated once they’ve absorbed the alcohol? Or can they be left out in the covered jar at room temperature?

      • Jennifer
        Author
        March 5, 2020 / 12:50 pm

        I left mine out. I thought the gin would kill anything, but I’m not sure. Does anyone here know?

    • Jennifer
      Author
      March 5, 2020 / 12:32 pm

      Thank you, thank you, Maryellen! Having them all lined up sounds so smart. I think the drunken raisins and dried cherries will be awesome with my Kumquats on yogurt:) I can’t wait until they’re ready to use.

  15. Marian
    March 5, 2020 / 7:50 am

    Have you ever gone to a medical marijuana shop? I have not and I do not have severe arthritis but I have heard that there are amazing salves. If I was in chronic pain, I’d try one of those pharmacies since it’s legal where we live. And your experience would make a very interesting blog post!

    • Jennifer
      Author
      March 5, 2020 / 12:25 pm

      I will be checking it out and share my experience, Marian

  16. Karen S
    March 5, 2020 / 7:45 am

    https://missionfarmscbd.com/
    Relieve CBD Roll-On from Mission Farms in Bend, Oregon
    I roll it on my hands every night and massage in. The goat milk soap
    from Bend Soap Co and their products I like for what is not in them.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      March 5, 2020 / 12:24 pm

      Good to know, thanks Karen

  17. Julie
    March 5, 2020 / 7:43 am

    not related – where did you get that blue sequin skirt?

  18. MRSBEN2
    March 5, 2020 / 7:14 am

    I’m similar to Bette (above with osteoarthritis in the spine) together with a few fractures (sustained a little over a year ago when skiing) so have cycles of excruciating pain and symptoms of inflammation. That said; have found acupuncture treatment the most beneficial for myself as am not a ‘pill popper’ … ☺…. and wishing you success Jennifer in your journey of finding what is right for you.
    -Brenda-
    P.S.: On another note and in respect to old remedies; for those who might be experience cramping in their muscles (often nocturnal in feet/calves/legs ) ; a tbsp. of pickle juice works for me. (As not a fan of Dill pickles, I just use that from ‘sweet’ Mixed Pickles or Gherkins.) Have recommended such to others and they agree. (Actually have a friend who keeps a small jar of just the juice (no pickles) in her night table as works almost instantly plus saves her a trek down a long flight of stairs to the refrigerator.)

    • Nancy
      March 6, 2020 / 6:18 pm

      Nancy

  19. Mary Lou S.
    March 5, 2020 / 7:12 am

    Hi Jennifer,
    My son has bouts of gout and says unsweetened cherry juice (the kind from the health food store) helps tremendously. Here in Colorado people say CBD oil helps with everything, I bought some of the balm for my bunion. Don’t know if it will help but it’s worth a shot.

  20. jodie filogomo
    March 5, 2020 / 7:10 am

    Have you tried CBD at all?? My mom is going to try some for her hip issues. Can’t hurt I figure.
    Xoxo
    Jodie

  21. Jo
    March 5, 2020 / 6:51 am

    Hi Jennifer, I have the exact same problem with my thumb joint, so I empathize with your pain. I have had amazing results with a recipe from People’s Pharmacy. Mix one cup of grape juice with one tablespoon of Certo. (Certo is pectin used in canning; you can buy it at the grocery store. Pectin also comes in powder form, but is difficult to dissolve.)
    I thought it sounded crazy, but the relief was immense. Good Luck!

  22. Betty
    March 5, 2020 / 6:51 am

    Hey Jennifer. I have a remedy that has not been mention by other readers….yellow root. This is a Native American remedy for inflammation in joints. I was experiencing pain in my thumb and shoulder. A friend told me about this and after using it I had relief within 24 hours. It can be found in some grocery stores as a bundle of small sticks which you use to brew tea. Sometimes you can find the tea sold in quart jars. For travel, I went to a health food store and found capsules with the same ingredients found in yellow root. I found quicker relief using the tea. I would drink 4 ounces every morning. Yellow root has really helped me.

    • Janet
      March 5, 2020 / 2:53 pm

      Wow! Fabulous suggestions! I wonder what the raisins do?

  23. nora huber
    March 5, 2020 / 5:17 am

    Friends in my exercise class are believers in cherry juice. I have just started taking it. No change so far for my knee arthritis. You have to buy the tart cherry juice. The other kind won’t do it. I also use Bio-freeze roll on. It does work but lasts only 3-4 hours. I’m also researching some cbd topicals. I live in N.Y. so can’t get anything with cannabis. This was a very helpful column. Thanks.

  24. Karen Aagesen
    March 5, 2020 / 5:06 am

    I have severe arthritis in my neck. My dr prescribed Mobic, said it was the good without the bad stuff in Advil. It helps. I also see a Physical therapist who does dry needling, which has completely relieved me of the headaches I was waking up with. Maybe that would help your thumb?

  25. Elizabeth Smith
    March 5, 2020 / 4:32 am

    I also had surgery a few years ago on thumb joints of both hands. I was at the point of not being able to hold anything without dropping or spilling. The tendon replacement for the joints has worked miracles. I’m back to normal movement and no pain within a few weeks. Like you, I tried everything to postpone the inevitable so probably waited too long.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      March 5, 2020 / 7:28 am

      I did discuss this with my hand doctor last week and it’s probably in my future. So glad to know it really works.

  26. Shannon Moore
    March 5, 2020 / 4:30 am

    CHERRY JUICE! I have a coworker with excruciating arthritis hand pain. She began drinking unsweetened cherry juice with ginger ale and it helped her pain tremendously. She stopped for a short time, and the pain came back full force so she knows it works.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      March 5, 2020 / 7:25 am

      Two votes for cherries! I will get some juice today. Thanks, Shannon

  27. Bette Rosenfield
    March 5, 2020 / 4:27 am

    I have osteoarthritis in my spine, among other places. My insurance paid for 2 months of pt a year ago. I couldn’t believe how much it helped. At the end they gave me a set of exercises and resistance bands. I am still faithfully doing them every day a year later. All the difference in the world.

    • Jennifer
      Author
      March 5, 2020 / 7:24 am

      I am doing PT for my back and you’re right, it makes a big difference! I wish insurance would pay for me to go every day.

  28. Brenda Kinard
    September 3, 2018 / 11:18 am

    I have been taking them for arthritis in my left knee. They have been a miracle for me. No pain or stiffness. Best thing I found!!

  29. Marney
    July 9, 2018 / 9:16 pm

    I had problems when I took turmeric and ibuprofen. I’m going to try the golden raisins w gin. They guy at the liquor store said the dry gins have more juniper. I also eat two cups of jello ever day and after several months, it has improved my knee issues. SAM-E helps after two weeks and also helps w mood and liver. Costco and Swanson’s are the most affordable – use 400 mg. I want to try the MSM again too.

    • July 9, 2018 / 9:21 pm

      They’re safer and have no side effects. I take Sam e as well and think it helps! Good luck and keep me posted

  30. December 20, 2017 / 8:54 pm

    I have been thinking of trying drunken raisins to see if it would offer any help for the arthritis in my knees. I am looking forward to finding out how they did for you. My Dad, who never drank alcohol when he was younger, has for the past year or so found that one small shot (glass), I didn’t ask if it was a whole or partial shot glass, of gin (no raisins) at night helps his arthritis knee pain so he can sleep. He actually tried the same amount of vodka instead a few times, and it didn’t help at all. He says the gin does help. Makes me wonder if it’s something in the juniper berries, and not the effect of the alcohol. He is 89 years old. I’m thankful he found something that helps him.

    I noticed many commenter’s recommendations for tumeric/turmeric, and also ginger, here. I don’t work in any medical field, but I am a user of one of the newer blood thinners. The blood thinner I use had regular advertising that it was not affected by foods, they may have been referring to salads and vegetables. I have since found mention of ginger, and just now when I checked about tumeric/turmeric, I found it may also have some possible interaction with blood thinners. Grapefruit,
    and any grapefruit products also have an interaction possibility with my blood thinner according to my cardiologist.

    I don’t want to overstep any mind-your-own-business bounds, but I would strongly suggest to anyone who uses blood thinners and are considering using ginger and/or tumeric/turmeric as a pain reliever to please call your doctor and/or pharmacist and ask if there are any dangerous interactions between these (what I always considered to be simple spices) and the specific blood thinner that they take. It’s easy to ask questions, to be safe. I find my pharmacists to be excellent sources of information, are easier to get a chance to speak with, and know exactly what accurate interaction information to refer to. I wish the pharmaceutical companies and doctors would make a greater, more intense, effort to clearly inform consumers about common foods, drinks, spices that may have interactions with various blood thinners.

    I hope that all of us suffering from joint pain can find relief one way or another.

    • December 21, 2017 / 9:36 am

      I totally agree Susie! My pharmacist is a wealth of wisdom. Often more complete than my physician, which makes sense, drugs are her specialty. My husband is also on a blood thinner and avoids grapefruit etc. I think it’s the juniper berries, perhaps in conjunction with the sulpher in golden raisins. I have an update coming out in my experience in a few days. Thank you for sharing. We all learn from each other!

  31. Kathy
    August 13, 2017 / 12:21 pm

    I’m not fond of raisins, but I love gin. If this is okay for diabetics, I’ll get right on it. I’ve already had surgery for arthritis on one foot and would like to avoid it on the other. My husband has already started looking up recipes with turmeric. He’s a keeper.

  32. Ginger Hamilton
    August 12, 2017 / 2:32 pm

    I was diagnosed with RA 5 months ago. The doctor put me on an anti inflammatory diet. No wheat, dairy, sugar, corn, or meat. I am allowed FIA, turkey and fish. Turmeric gives me an upset stomach. I put ginger in my smoothies. I was on steroids for 2 months before the methatrexate started working. Alleve doesn’t work for me. The RA is in my hands, mostly in my right thumb.

    • August 13, 2017 / 12:36 pm

      I hope you are getting relief from the pain, Ginger. It can be so debilitating especially in the hand! I have heard that corn and sugar can be a problem so may need to alter my diet.

  33. KAren
    August 9, 2017 / 5:41 am

    Hi, This is an interesting topic. I use Roll on bio freeze. it helps my hands and other areas of my body. I also use Great Lakes collagen in my coffee. I buy it from Amazon. A tablespoon a day seems to do wonders. What I want to know is if you combine all these treatments, would it be to much of a good thing. Is that possible?
    Karen

  34. Renita Ferguson
    August 7, 2017 / 4:44 pm

    I too have horrible arthritis (Rheumatoid) pain from time to time. I learned that I had food allergies and by eliminating the offending foods, I was able to control a good deal of the pain and inflammation I was experiencing throughout my body! Relief for me means staying away from all dairy, tree nuts, wheat, gluten and some of the “nightshade” vegetables like white potatoes and peppers. It’s tough to discipline myself to eat this way but well worth the effort when the pain stays away! You might want to try writing down your daily intake of foods in a journal and then making notes of how your thumb feels each day. You would be surprised how common food allergies are and yet most doctors won’t tell you there is any connection to pain in the body! Good look using the gin-soaked raisins…hoping it works for you!

    • August 7, 2017 / 11:27 pm

      I think that’s what I’m going to have to do Renita. Gluten free is not enough do there must be other allergies I’m not aware of. My doctor has been of no help with this at all! But my readers sure have. Thank you!

  35. Wendy
    August 7, 2017 / 8:18 am

    Tomatoes and peppers (and other members of the “nightshade” family of vegetables) can cause arthritis flare-ups. As much as I love fresh tomatoes, it only took a week of feasting and a month and a half of painful hobbling to realize that the correlation was real. So now I limit my intake of tomatoes.

    • August 7, 2017 / 11:28 pm

      Oh no Wendy! I love tomatoes! I’m going to have to watch and see what causes it to flare up.

    • Debbie
      March 5, 2020 / 4:54 am

      Let me offer an alternative to “no” nightshade veggies, including peppers and tomatoes: I spoke to southern Italians about their lack of large numbers of folk with severe arthritis. They indicated, in two cases, that Italians have always skinned and removed seeds from eggplant, peppers and tomatoes. The acid is under the skin ( unfortunately, likely most of the vitamins too) and in the seeds.
      So, buy Italian or ? canned tomatoes with no skin or seeds and prepare peppers, eat your eggplant similarly. New habits!

      • Jennifer
        Author
        March 5, 2020 / 7:29 am

        Good to know! Thanks Debbie

  36. Summer Hartzog
    August 7, 2017 / 6:38 am

    My uncle shared this remedy with my mom years ago and they both swear by it!

  37. Rose
    August 6, 2017 / 2:11 pm

    Forgot – A friend drank apple cider vinegar – she would show us how well she could now move her hand/fingers.

    • August 7, 2017 / 11:30 pm

      The lady in Whole Foods mentioned cider vinegar to me today. It’s a rough taste to get used to 🙂

      • MRSBEN2
        March 5, 2020 / 9:11 am

        @Jennifer: Try one part apple cider vinegar with two to three parts warm water and add about 1 tsp. of liquid honey to it. Actually once you get use to it, it is quite pleasant to drink but do not overdose on it as understand it can thin your blood. -Brenda-

        • Jennifer
          Author
          March 5, 2020 / 12:33 pm

          Good to know, Brenda, Thanks.

  38. Rose
    August 6, 2017 / 2:07 pm

    My grandmother – 40 years ago – always started her day if her fingers/hand were sore/stiff by holding her hand over a hot burner on the stove. The dry heat really helped with reducing the pain/stiffness.

    • August 7, 2017 / 11:31 pm

      Wow, she was a tough gal. Amazing she figured that out!

  39. Tammy
    August 5, 2017 / 9:36 pm

    Really want to know how it goes for you. I have arthritis in my lower back, makes it really hard to walk and I’m only 55. I’ve had injections many times they now want me to take a combination of 2 narcotics. I refuse to take them because I do not like that feeling. I also am not a big drinker, wine on Thanksgiving and Christmas, so I’ll probably get drunk on those nine raisins. That might be a good thing, won’t feel the pain. I’m also going to look into some of the other suggestions as well. Thank you, ladies.
    .

    • Joanna
      August 6, 2017 / 11:21 am

      Please don’t take the pain meds. A co worker ( lovely lady ) had back problems and ended up addicted to them. It’s very sad.

  40. Eileen
    August 5, 2017 / 3:49 pm

    When I quit grains and dairy, and started consuming 1 cup daily of homemade organic bone broth, all my joint pain disappeared. I think the elimination of grains/dairy quenched the inflammation, and the nutrients and collagen in the bone broth help rebuild healthy tissue.

    • August 5, 2017 / 8:38 pm

      I’m thinking I have to get rid of the dairy Eileen. I do love good cheese but it’s not worth eating if it causes my pain !

  41. Sandy Andry
    August 5, 2017 / 3:04 pm

    If you read the book “Wheat Belly” I believe you’ll see that grain is the problem source for many issues. There are also many people I know who are using a product called “Plexus” which helps gut issues. I had a trigger thumb problem but refused to have surgery or take medication. It’s gone away with proper diet and with using SIRI on my phone instead of my thumbs to text. I believe there are always holistic remedies to use instead of relying on medication. Best of luck to you. I enjoy your blog and advice.

    • August 5, 2017 / 8:40 pm

      Thanks Sandy! I’m hoping to find a non RX remedy. My brother insists I read Wheat Belly, so it’s on the way from Amazon!

  42. August 5, 2017 / 2:16 pm

    Hi Jennifer, I’ve had arthritis in my thumb on my left hand for years. There were times I could hardly stand the pain. I began wearing a copper ring on my finger and a copper bracelet on that wrist, It took a while and now I rarely have any pain in that joint. But if I remove it the pain is back within a week or so. Others I know say it doesn’t work for them. My son was bothered with pain in his wrist and I bought him a copper bracelet. He is now a believer also. Works for me! Good luck with your raisins. I say whatever works!!

    • August 5, 2017 / 8:41 pm

      A copper bracelet would be so easy! I’ve never heard of the connection so I’ll check into it. Thanks Darla!

    • Sally Plunkett
      August 17, 2017 / 6:47 am

      I use a magnetic bracelet that my husband ordered from Amazon. It helped me so much, I order one for my mom and she swears by it also. I ordered a prettier one from Amazon that looked like turquoise but it didn’t work so I sent it back. I’m sure it doesn’t work for everyone but this helps me. I’ve tried the gin soaked raisins and they did not help me. I think you just have to keep looking and trying things til you find what works for you.

      • August 17, 2017 / 2:35 pm

        I agree, Sally. We are all so unique we will have individual results!

  43. August 5, 2017 / 1:47 pm

    Wow! What a ton of great information! Personally, I was just going to put a raisin in my martini but now….

    People really seem to be helped by removing gluten and using turmeric. Lots to look into. I’ll be interested in what works for you.

    • August 5, 2017 / 8:45 pm

      I am bowled over by the wisdom my readers are sharing. I love my readers! I’ll be taking Tumeric for sure, just to start!

      • Anon
        March 5, 2020 / 9:45 am

        Costco has it.

  44. Karen H.
    August 5, 2017 / 1:22 pm

    I’ve never heard of gin soaked raisins! I can recommend Turmeric w/ pepper in capsule form. It is sold at Costco. I noticed a big difference in less than two weeks. Please nix the Advil as that just causes more serious damage. Hope this helps.

    • August 5, 2017 / 8:47 pm

      Thanks Karen! I know the Advil is so bad for me, but the pain is brutal. Off to Costco tomorrow. I’ve been cooking with Tumeric but clearly it’s not enough.

      • Karen H.
        August 6, 2017 / 10:34 am

        Hi Jennifer, I’ll look forward to hearing how the turmeric supplement works for you. ????

  45. LIsa
    August 5, 2017 / 11:39 am

    I have arthritis in both thumb and index finger joints–it can get hugely painful. I had been seeing a physical therapist who practices myofascial release for a back issue, and recently asked if she could help with my hands. Result: almost total freedom from pain, AND you can learn to use the technique on yourself.

    It can be hard to find. PT with training in MFR, but it’s worth the effort. This kind of PT has rescued my degenerating 70 year old back, too.

    • August 5, 2017 / 8:50 pm

      Oh my Lisa! This makes total sense. I don’t think my insurance will cover it but I’m going to ask. I’m so disappointed with my primary care Dr response to my pain. It’s unacceptable.

      • Lisa
        August 6, 2017 / 9:43 am

        Definitely worth trying if the alternatives are cortisone shots, lots of pain meds or surgery.

  46. August 5, 2017 / 11:18 am

    I used Dr. McDougall’s Free Plan. It really helped my inflammatory arthritis, bad knee and some other problems. I’m still eating the plant based way that he prescribes, although not quite 100%. I started March 1st & have lost 19 lbs, since then, too.

    https://www.drmcdougall.com/health/education/free-mcdougall-program/

    There’s other Arthritis Video success stories, but this is my favorite:
    https://www.drmcdougall.com/health/education/health-science/stars/stars-video/paula-rheumatoid-arthritis/

    • August 5, 2017 / 8:51 pm

      Thank you Chris!! I’ll check this out. I don’t eat any meat but my diet is not totally plant based either.

  47. Donna
    August 5, 2017 / 10:54 am

    I am going to try this. After they have soaked in the gin on the counter do you put them in the refrigerator and long is the shelf life?

    • Deede
      August 5, 2017 / 4:52 pm

      I kept mine in the refrigerator…

    • August 5, 2017 / 10:17 pm

      I keep mine in the fridge.

  48. Laurel
    August 5, 2017 / 10:40 am

    Another great topic. I look forward to hearing if this works. And I appreciate the other ideas from readers. My hands and feet hurt more with time, and I know I feel better when I eliminate sugar. I am going to google the anti-inflammatory diet and look at gluten, too, although I eat very little wheat.

    • August 7, 2017 / 11:23 pm

      I’m so grateful to all my readers for sharing this great info!! I’m going to try many if these suggestions. Good luck Laurel! Keep us posted too.

  49. Adrian
    August 5, 2017 / 8:14 am

    I have degenerative joint disease also. The base joint of both thumbs has been removed (about two years apart). My doctor then made a tightrope between the thumb and index finger. My doctor is with the Hand Clinic in Metairie (suburb of N.O.) Dr. ERic George. After PT I have regained full use of my hands with NO PAIN!!! Dr. George is one of the best in the South if not the country.

    Adrian

    • August 5, 2017 / 9:08 am

      I’ve never heard of that surgery Adrian. No pain is amazing. I’m so happy for you!

  50. Debbie Davis
    August 5, 2017 / 8:09 am

    Hi Jennifer,
    have a friend who has had amazing results from the gin/raisin mixture and swears by it. I have arthritis pain in my knee and have started acupunture which resulted in much less pain in my knee than before. Good luck managing your pain!

    • August 5, 2017 / 9:10 am

      I’m really hopeful about it Debbie. They taste a bit nasty but if they work…I should try acupuncture too!

    • gayle
      March 5, 2020 / 5:46 am

      I have used the raisins but forgot about them, thanks! I, also, had acupuncture for my knees, it helps while you are having the treatments but has no lasting effect. My doctor said that is typical. I have a list of things that I have learned here today!

  51. August 5, 2017 / 8:07 am

    I have a dear friend who has arthritis too so I do want to hear the results and my fingers are crossed for you that this works!

    • August 5, 2017 / 9:12 am

      I’ll keep everyone posted. My unpainful fingers are crossed. Plus my readers are offering such great info!!! I love my readers 🙂

      • Betty
        March 5, 2020 / 8:47 am

        Hi Jennifer! I have another remedy that works for me….yellow root. This is a Native American remedy for inflammation in joints. I have had trouble with joint pain in my thumb and shoulder. A friend recommended yellow root and it works for me. It can be found in some grocery stores. One form is buying the root (looks like a small bundle of sticks) and brewing tea. Sometimes quart jars of ready made tea can be found. Since carrying ready made tea is difficult when traveling, I found capsules at the health food store that have some of the same properties as yellow root. I hope this will help.

        • Jennifer
          Author
          March 5, 2020 / 12:26 pm

          I’m heading to Whole Foods today to see if they have any. Thanks!!

  52. August 5, 2017 / 7:32 am

    Hi Jennifer, for the last year I’ve suffered with cervical neck pain, (they say from arthritis) migraines, and recently started seeing my wrists and knuckles swelling and becoming painful. I didn’t realize gluten intolerance could affect more than just the gastrointestinal system. It’s highly inflammatory for many people. I have been off gluten for 6 weeks and seeing changes in all my joints and the migraines are easing up. People don’t realize that they may be “sensitive” or “intolerant” if they are not having gut issues. Anything that is “chronic” may be caused by inflammation, and gluten is one of the biggest offenders. I’m also off dairy, corn, and soy. Please Google this information and give it a try. I didn’t really eat bread before, but gluten is in so many processed foods, pastas, and even shampoos. If you are intolerant your life and arthritis will only get better.

    • August 5, 2017 / 9:14 am

      I went off gluten 3 years ago and my chronic sinus infections disappeared! I am a believer. I know dairy can have the same inflammatory properties so I need to try that too! Thanks for sharing and reminding me Debra. I’m glad you’re seeing relief.

  53. DJ
    August 5, 2017 / 7:28 am

    Dr. Oz had the Gin and raisins episode several years ago. I have been using Turmeric and Joint Juice for my knees and find it has been working for several years.

    • August 5, 2017 / 9:15 am

      I haven’t heard of joint juice. I’ll google it, thanks DJ!

  54. B. Early
    August 5, 2017 / 7:00 am

    My physical therapist suggested CryoDerm Cold Therapy Roll-On. It’s an over the counter menthol based product. I use it on my thumbs, big toe and knee. It helps me get to sleep.
    Inexpensive too.

    • B. Early
      August 5, 2017 / 7:03 am

      P.S. Amazon has it.

    • August 5, 2017 / 9:16 am

      Great tip! I’ll look for it. Thanks so much.

    • August 7, 2017 / 11:21 pm

      Sounds great!! The menthol would help with my burning feeling. Thanks!

  55. Donna
    August 5, 2017 / 6:57 am

    Drunken raisins indeed! There are lots of remedies that are non-toxic. I would be concerned about too much Advil (or a similar product) wreaking havoc with the stomach and the liver. Turmeric and cherry juice are all good for joint pain. My husband takes a product called SynFlex every day for pain from an old back surgery. There are some foods, wheat and dairy among them, that cause inflammation in the body. Hope you have luck with your raisins…joint pain is not fun.

    • August 5, 2017 / 9:19 am

      I didn’t know about Cherry juice. The Advil was making me bruise too easily and my Endrocronologist wanted me off it. It’s a fine balancing act. I’ll look into the SynFlex. Thanks Donna!

  56. DEEDE
    August 5, 2017 / 6:56 am

    Well…I am a believer in gin and raisins…I have taken the 9 drunken boys for pain in my knee….and it went away…I don’t use the raisins now because I have no pain but for me, this did work…Success to you as you try this…

    • August 5, 2017 / 9:19 am

      I’m so excited it worked for you!! Thanks Deede!!

  57. Allison
    August 5, 2017 / 6:37 am

    Fish oil has anti inflammatory properties. I use Carleson’s ( 1 tblsp) Capsules are good but you have to take a lot to get the same benefits from one tablespoon. It is lemon flavoured so can be tossed into a smoothie. A diet that removes sugar, white flour, red meat and is mostly plant based is a good start. I have been exploring anti inflammatory diets lately due to personal health issues, there is little evidence based information on them yet thousands of years of ayervedic medicine has shown that including ginger and tumeric in the diet can have an anti inflammatory effect on the body.
    Gin was widely imbibed by the British colonials in India mixed with quinine water ( tonic water) to ward off malaria. Tossing in a few raisins won’t hurt but I prefer a squeeze of lime in my G&T’s.
    Sour cherry juice is also reported to be good for arthritis as is apple cider vinegar. Good luck!!

    • August 7, 2017 / 11:18 pm

      Lol! I prefer Lime in my GT too Allison I bought cherry juice today as well. There’s so much wisdom in my readers, I’m so appreciative! I’m trying a lot of things and hope something helps.

  58. August 5, 2017 / 6:06 am

    One of the best things for arthritis is to eliminate gluten. It’s tough at first but helps inflammation tremendously!

    • August 7, 2017 / 11:14 pm

      I am gluten intolerant so I agree totally!!

    • August 7, 2017 / 11:14 pm

      I am gluten intolerant so I agree totally!! I’m guessing something else is going on too.

  59. August 5, 2017 / 5:46 am

    A couple of months ago I began to drink one cup of tea with tumeric and cinnamon in it. It is hard to know for sure, but I think it has helped with my joint pain. I drink it iced unsweet and the brand is a tea from India. It tastes really good. If I feel like this is not working, I may turn to the raisins…but I am not a fan of gin. I will be curious to see if it helps. So sorry about the pain though and how bad it has become.

    • August 7, 2017 / 11:20 pm

      That sounds yummy Pam!! What’s the brand?

  60. Patty Norman Cunningham
    August 5, 2017 / 5:43 am

    I also have an arthritic thumb joint and Degenerative Disc Disease. The Dr prescribed PT which only helped on the days of therapy. I chose not to take the anti-inflammatory Rx after I was told I’d have to have a blood test after 30 days to make sure my liver and kidneys weren’t being damaged. I have just started taking 1500 mg of Tumeric and a Ginger supplement. I’ve been told it could take up to a month to see results. So, in the meantime I’m going to be soaking some raisins!!! Keep us updated on your results.

    • August 5, 2017 / 9:04 pm

      And I’m going to start taking that Tumeric and Ginger supplement too. Let’s compare notes in a month Patty. Seriously!!

  61. Janet
    August 5, 2017 / 5:11 am

    Yes, let us know how it goes. I am a big believer in an anti-inflammatory diet. Also, check out the acid/alkaline balance connection. I have a book originally written in the 50s called Arthritis and Folk Medicine that made a lot of sense to me when it explained how our modern diet is not in balance with nature which can lead to arthritis. Good luck!

    • August 5, 2017 / 9:03 pm

      Can you share the name of that book please Janet? I’m open to all suggestions.

  62. Julie Fkavin
    August 5, 2017 / 5:00 am

    Jennifer. It sounds wacky but it’s probably not! The Queen Mother did great ….l???? Gin was her staple and she lived a very long and merry life!

    Personally I was horrified to find the slight bulge in my right hand thumb and the defined bone on the inside top of my right foot ( I had always thought it rather elegant….like well defined…)

    .were early signs of arthritis. Really? No!

    I have found taking turmeric with milk and cinnamon with honey before bed and tumeric tablets in the morning has helped a lot with the inflammation.

    But hey, if gin helps …..bring it onxxx

    • August 5, 2017 / 9:01 pm

      I’m with you Julie!! Could you please share your recipe for the Tumeric, milk, cinnamon and honey drink! I’d love to try it!

  63. Sharon
    August 5, 2017 / 4:58 am

    Jennifer, I’m actually having surgery on my hand on Mon. They are doing carpal tunnel surgery AND removing my arthritic thumb joint and replacing it with a tendon from my arm. My dr, is part of a world renowned orthopedic facility (Andrews Institute), so they know what they are doing. I have total faith! Good luck with your gin and raisins!

    • August 5, 2017 / 8:58 pm

      Good luck Sharon! Please let us know how it goes. Sending good thoughts your way.

    • Cheryl
      March 5, 2020 / 6:18 am

      I had the tendon surgery about 10 yrs ago. At that time it hurt to simply hold a pen. It worked very well! Still gets sore at times but I am very happy I did it.

  64. Cynthia LeBlanc
    August 5, 2017 / 4:55 am

    Tumeric, both fresh in morning smoothies, and in supplements has helped tremendously for me. I also add fresh ginger into my smoothie. The aching in my feet and hands are gone. I also have a particular juice that’s full of anti inflammatory stuff.

    • Anita
      August 5, 2017 / 6:22 am

      What is the inflammatory drink?

      • August 5, 2017 / 8:57 pm

        I would love to know too!

    • August 5, 2017 / 8:56 pm

      Tumeric is so popular with my readers! I’m going to have to do mire than just cook with it.

  65. August 5, 2017 / 4:50 am

    HI Jennifer, I read that James Coburn suffered a lot from arthritis and that the only things he thought helped him was MSM (methylsulfonylmethane). I am now trying it 0 three pills a day with meals. Check it out on the Web…. good luck!

    • August 5, 2017 / 8:55 pm

      I just read about it Georgia. That and a cream form. I’ll be checking it out. Thank you!!

  66. Jamie
    August 5, 2017 / 4:39 am

    I remember hearing about this years ago from Paul Harvey on the radio. Lets us know how it works.

      • Deb Campbell
        March 5, 2020 / 4:56 am

        A few years ago I read about a Juniper Berry cream/gel. I have been unable to access it tho. Have asked various spa owners if they have it – none yet. I drink a turmeric tea.

        • Jennifer
          Author
          March 5, 2020 / 7:31 am

          I take Tumeric and Curcumin capsules every day for pain and inflammation. I’ll have to try the tea too.

    • Jo A Pralle
      March 5, 2020 / 4:21 am

      Try tart cherries. I take 1 -3 a day depending on my discomfort. Remarkable relief.

      • Jennifer
        Author
        March 5, 2020 / 7:22 am

        I will try it, thanks Jo!

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