Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Group

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic, inflammatory, multisystem, autoimmune disorder. It is a disabling and painful condition which can lead to substantial loss of mobility due to pain and joint destruction. The disease is also systemic in that it often also affects many extra-articular tissues throughout the body including the skin, blood vessels, heart, lungs, and muscles... The symptoms that distinguish rheumatoid arthritis from other forms of arthritis are inflammation and soft-tissue swelling of many joints at the same time (polyarthritis). The joints are usually affected initially asymmetrically and then in a symmetrical fashion as the disease progresses. The pain generally improves with use of the affected joints, and there is...

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Gloves for RA

Has any one tried gloves made for people with RA or Raynauds? I have been looking at them on line for a while, but hate to order them and then they don't work. I wouldn't mind spending the money if I knew they would work . I know most people are straped for money , but I am hopeing someone has tried them and likes them.

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aggie83
aggie83

I never bought an y expensive ones, but my isotoners really helped put a little compression on my hands. I also occasionally used some cheap little knitted gloves (walmart, target type for $3) that gave a little compression. I think it's the compression that helps.
lynnedavidson3
lynnedavidson3

I have used some of the inexpensive gloves as well. I think they do help a bit, not a lot, but sometimes you must just take what you can get.
deleted_user
deleted_user

I'm about to buy my third pair of these:
http://www.amazon.com/Imak-Arthritis-Gloves-Packages-package/dp/B001GAOHSY/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1345601105&sr=8-3&keywords=imak+gloves

I'm not sure if they help the swelling much. My hands are always cold, which makes them hurt more, and these help with that. I think they're also a distraction, the compressed feeling distracts a little from the pain feeling. I rarely go without wearing them at home, even in the summer.
deleted_user
deleted_user

I have these: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001GAOHSY?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B001GAOHSY&linkCode=xm2&tag=keitsikeitri-20
I keep a pair in my school bag and a pair in my desk at home. I think they are the same ones episteme recc. This is the best price I have found them for ($28 for two pair)

I used to cut the fingertips off of the $1 gloves from Walmart/Target, but they were too warm in summer months . . .
They aren't a sure fire fix, but they help.
deleted_user
deleted_user

For me the gloves hurt as I have too much swelling.
Sue
deleted_user
deleted_user

My hands have been KILLING me lately, and I've been looking for options as to what to do. Those gloves look like they might be helpful, because while I've love a pair of the heated gloves (heat would feel lovely on my hurting knuckles), I wouldn't be able to type at work with those big bulky things on, and the arthritis gloves I could wear pretty much all the time, but they'd provide support and maybe relieve a bit of the pain. I may try that. I'm going to save the link and maybe buy a pair when I get paid Friday. Thanks for the tip!
deleted_user
deleted_user

Thank you all for your help, I think I will try the gloves on the links given, hopefully they will help, Again thank you.
deleted_user
deleted_user

I just bought a pair (or, rather, a box with 2 pairs). When they get delivered, I'll let people know how they work and if they help my hand pain.
Lifeis2short
Lifeis2short

I bought a pair at a place called Advanced Medical Supplies. When I have swelling and pain I wear them and they really do help. They hold in the heat and have light compression. I highly recommend them!
lowiina
lowiina

In the craft section at Walmart they have "crafters" fingerless gloves, reasonable price & easy to wear for everyday.
sharonouch
sharonouch

So glad you mentioned the gloves. I haven't been wearing them and my hands and wrist are hurting. Just went to put them on and only found one! I bought the ones that were on dr. Oz.. At night they keep my fingers from curling up. Hugs.
deleted_user
deleted_user

Im glad I was able to bring up something that helped someone else, I do appreciate all the replies, they truly are helpful to me, I am going to order me some gloves, winter will be here soon and I cant imagine going thru another winter with no more than I had on my hands last year,
deleted_user
deleted_user

I just bought the ones advertised on TV with copper in them. I should have known better as they did nothing but give me a rash between my fingers!
deleted_user
deleted_user

Wow bruckerp1, I wonder what caused the rash, something in the material or maybe the copper in them ?
camba
camba

My daughter who has scleroderma which has progressed from very severe Raynauds uses fingerless possum gloves in the winter and they help a lot. I am not sure how available they are over there. Possum fibre is extremely light and warm but smart enough to get away with in her business suit at work. She buys online for NZ$25 and gets the longer ones which go above the wrist.

I dont have Raynauds but get occasional bad RA outbreaks in my hands. The hospital has given me a pair of gloves to wear in bed overnight. They are made of a black heavy material - I think it has a name ending .....ene. They look like a type of cycling glove and extend not quite to tips of fingers. They hold my hand in place overnight. The aim is keep up circulation and prevent clawing. They have made quite a difference and I only need to wear them as the flare starts. Dont know what they would cost as I get them as part of state provision.

Hopes this helps but maybe not as I live elsewhere. Maybe you can find something similar. Was unsure if you want your gloves for warmth or prevention of deformities. Maybe both?