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Mate I probably missed whether you have a manual or hydraulic clutch, but if hydraulic.In anticipation of your clutch hand giving you buggery, I would work towards getting some mechanical advantage into the clutch circuit.If hydraulic, a m/c with slightly smaller piston will make the clutch lighter but will use more lever throw throughout the range, so make sure you can still free the clutch fully for gear engagement and idling etc...Just a suggestion of the problem arises.
Thanks everyone for chiming in with what has worked for them. As for MSM and DSMO, I'm leary of using anything that's not backed scientific testing and validation. I'm also not sure about the "all natural" label. DSMO is short for di-methysulfoxide, and MSM is short for methylsulfonylmetha ne. Those sound like chemicals to me. They must work, if they've helped you all, but I'll proceed cautiously on this.Joe
Great advice overall. Such different opinions and experiences. I stopped w fish oil, but maybe I'll start again. And I'll see my gp and a specialist. It's not really bad, but I'd like to get ahead of it.On top of everything else, I get drug tested at work, so I avoid supplements because you never know what will trigger the test and lead to a lot of drama.Joe
Bulldog9And just where does this get us/you/sign216? Just another option, I suppose but note that I for one, seem to need Mobic and prenisolone, at least according to my Rheumatologist.
Holy shit. The prescribed drug for this, Prednisone, appears to have more complications than the issue it "solves."Good to know.
I asked my pharmacist, and he said that some forms of arthritis are caused by inflammation of the joints, and can be treated w over the counter anti-inflammatories like Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) and Naproxen (Aleve). I asked about aspirin, and he said it's an inflammatory, but the side effects (ulcers, etc) out weight the benefits, esp. in the high effective doses.He cautioned that the anti-inflammatory drugs put stress on the liver/kidneys, so be aware. A search showed that arthritis has dozens of causes however. So...the battle continues.
I commented on this before, but there's so much mis-information out there, well I never could leave well enough alone...From what I've read, there's basically two types of arthritis, rheumatoid and osteo-arthritis. Neither has a cure, short of joint replacement.Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune disease; the body is for some reason attacking the joint lining. It can be treated with corticosteroids to suppress the body's immune system, and anti-inflammatories, to reduce swelling and pain. They both have side effects.Osteo-arthritis, to put it simply, is joint degeneration due to aging, injury, or over use of the joint. It's apparently genetic, as some have thicker cartilage on the joint surface than others. Once the cartilage has worn away (bone on bone) joint replacement currently is the only proven option. It can be treated temporarily with anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS) like Aleve (Naproxen), Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, or aspirin. Not sure why the pharmacist was down on aspirin. I've taken it for years with no side effects. Like any NSAID, it's important to take it after meals, so it's absorbed on a full stomach. I was on naproxen for a year for hip pain and it elevated my blood pressure by twenty points. The Dr was dismissive of my claim on this, but when I quit taking it, the BP went back to normal. So there's that.Here's a partial list of the things I've tried that DID NOT help:Fish oilGlucosamine/ChondroitinMSMHyaluronic acidMega vitamins: A, B complex, C, D, EMega minerals: Cal. Mag. ZincPhysical therapyVarious joint strengthening exercisesI've also talked to several people who've had the cartilage replacement injections and they all wound up getting the joints replaced.So what's the answer? Well for me it's been the several joint replacements (knees, hips), light exercise, stretching, and aspirin. Lately I've tried Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen in combination, taking half dosage of each. This minimizes the side effects and supposedly promotes synergistic treatment effects. Haven't taken it long enough to be sure, but it looks promising. Also you can wear elastic /neoprene supports on the hand, wrist, elbow or knee when out working or riding the bike. This not only helps the arthritis, but keeps the tendonitis under control. That's the other thing that I've developed over the years and can cause extreme pain in the elbow, wrist or hand. You may need to get x-rays to see which one you have, I'm lucky enough to get both.So that's the long version of my first post here. Keep in mind that I'm not a medical practitioner, just 25 years of dealing with arthritis and trying different stuff. Your results may vary.
Frozen,Of all the things you mentioned, MSM was most recommended by others. I admit, it does have a "snake oil" un-researched history.So it didn't do anything for you?Joe
Try the v85TT. One of the reasons I bought it, is the extremely light clutch (not even hydraulic).
I have arthritis in both hands. Iíve broken each multiple times. I also have carpal tunnel in my right hand. Really good gloves, with pre-curved fingers are key. I usually stick with Held but ymmv. I also always mount the largest grips that will fit. Grip Puppies really help once you get used to them. So far, I can manage it with gloves and a couple aspirin before a ride but cruise control is a HUGE help as unlike the OP, my right hand is worse than my left.
Well of all the the things I've tried, the DMSO was the most promising, but in the end, not so much. I was totally freaked out about getting arthritis when it first happened, I wanted to think there was some miracle cure that I could take and it'd go away. Well it didn't happen. Maybe it was lifestyle, genetics, I don't know, but none of that stuff worked for me. The thing of it is, if there was a miracle cure for it, don't you think somebody would be making a million bucks off it by now? I'm sorry but my experience is that arthritis is a bum deal, there's no cure, and you have to deal with it as best as you can. My brother has no problems and I have it bad. That's life!
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