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MrRon

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09-13-2015 05:55 PM

This is not about clamps (cramps in the UK), but about a problem I am having with cramping in my fingers. You see, when I am working in the shop, I often have to apply much force using my fingers to hold an item, or grip a hand wheel, or any action which requires a strong grip. By the end of the day and when I go to bed, my fingers will “lock up”. I have to physically un-lock my fingers and try to relax them. Does this happen to any other LJ’s? and if so, what do you do to relieve the problem? I’m 80. It also happens to my legs when I am standing for a long time.


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SirIrb

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#1 posted 09-13-2015 06:00 PM

Doesn’t happen to me much but I will say that for a nonconstant period of time, maybe 2 weeks, the most the human body can take ibuprofen is 800mg every 6 hrs, not to exceed 3200mg a day. I often hit 800mg in a shot because everything I have hurts now. I’m 38. Don’t take my word, see a dr. Please see one.

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#2 posted 09-13-2015 06:14 PM

Are you drinking plenty of water? Electrolites?
Bill

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jeffswildwood

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#3 posted 09-13-2015 07:07 PM

I don’t have this but at times, after a lot of working, I will get a pain in my wrist. Mostly after operating a ROS. I am 58 so I expect some discomfort and it does go away after a day or so. Also a little back pain from bending over doing assembly work.

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#4 posted 09-13-2015 07:17 PM



Are you drinking plenty of water? Electrolites?
Bill

- Bill White

Bill has it right. Calcium, magnesium, potassium and plenty of water.

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MrRon

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#5 posted 09-13-2015 07:24 PM

I’ve mentioned this to doctors in the past, but they don’t seem to know. Quinine used to be used for cramps, but it is no longer available as a treatment.

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Ghidrah

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#6 posted 09-13-2015 10:36 PM

Back in the mid 00s I went through a 5 month stint helping the company of a friend installing windows, entries and storm doors. It was the storm doors that got me, forcing the vinyl weather stripping into place with thumb and forefinger. My left thumb and forefinger was locking up on me for months after I stopped doing it.

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Redoak49

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#7 posted 09-13-2015 10:39 PM

As mentioned, please see a doctor if it continues.

It could be arthritis or just getting old. I ache all over and have just had to accept there are somethings I should not do.

You might try some moist heat…It helps me.

Take Care

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#8 posted 09-13-2015 10:46 PM

Mr. Ron, let’s face it we ain’t as young as we use to be. We all be suffering from the long march of days gone by.

I have back issues and arthritis in my right should from working a production line in a wood products plant. I’ve had both knees replaced. I attribute that, particularly my left knee, to getting in and out of a patrolcar for over 2 decades. Nowadays one of my best friends is, Ibuprophen. It’s got to be one of the best wonder drugs out there.

As my grip, yeah, it ain’t what it use to be. But we learn to live with and accept the truth: we ain’t as young as we use to be. Hang in there friend. Like a friend told me once, we don’t live for this world, we live for the next.

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Daruc

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#9 posted 09-13-2015 10:54 PM



Mr. Ron, let s face it we ain t as young as we use to be. We all be suffering from the long march of days gone by.

I have back issues and arthritis in my right should from working a production line in a wood products plant. I ve had both knees replaced. I attribute that, particularly my left knee, to getting in and out of a patrolcar for over 2 decades. Nowadays one of my best friends is, Ibuprophen. It s got to be one of the best wonder drugs out there.

As my grip, yeah, it ain t what it use to be. But we learn to live with and accept the truth: we ain t as young as we use to be. Hang in there friend. Like a friend told me once, we don t live for this world, we live for the next.

- BurlyBob


You think you would have straightened up after the first 3 or 4 arrests!! lol

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#10 posted 09-13-2015 10:56 PM

If I don’t drink LOTS of water while in the shop, I pay dearly for it. I keep plenty of bottled water in the shop. When it’s hot I eat a lot of bananas also.

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#11 posted 09-14-2015 12:50 AM

Quine is the best prevention/cure for my leg cramps. It is still readily available (Tonic Water in the mixer section at the grocery store). 12 ounces will stop my nocturnal leg cramps within minutes. Drinking lots of fluids when you are working is also helpful.

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Picklehead

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#12 posted 09-14-2015 03:27 AM

Quinine is still available as a prescription drug. Ask for generic Qualaquin 324 mg.

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#13 posted 09-14-2015 03:41 AM

Woodust, I really started to laugh at that and tried to come up with a smart ass answer.. I’m I embarrassed to say I honestly can’t. Some of those arrests occurred when I was rolling around on the ground with a drunk. I started that job back in ‘76. Things were a lot different back then in my neck of the woods. I can honestly tell you I am very glad I’m out of that line of work. It breaks my heart to see how cops are treated nowadays. Those guys in Baltimore, ... I worry about them…they’re being hung out to dry. God bless them that serve and them that love them.

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MrRon

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#14 posted 09-14-2015 05:58 PM



Woodust, I really started to laugh at that and tried to come up with a smart ass answer.. I m I embarrassed to say I honestly can t. Some of those arrests occurred when I was rolling around on the ground with a drunk. I started that job back in 76. Things were a lot different back then in my neck of the woods. I can honestly tell you I am very glad I m out of that line of work. It breaks my heart to see how cops are treated nowadays. Those guys in Baltimore, ... I worry about them…they re being hung out to dry. God bless them that serve and them that love them.

- BurlyBob


I have seen good cops and bad cops having grown up in NYC 80 years ago, but I respect cops. I don’t break the law so I have no reason to fear the police. I knew several cops personally in the past. They were tough, but also compassionate. Times were different then, but the job of the police force is still the same; uphold the law. I can’t comprehend what this world would be like without police. I have the utmost respect for our police, firemen and military personnel. GOD bless them all.

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