Wearing Jewelry With Swollen Joints

Having some problems with swollen joints can be a problem on certain days. Some tasks are harder than others. I have found a couple that work in these times.


The first thing is my bracelet. I love wearing it in remembrance of a special friend I lost in my life. I hardly ever take it off. When I need to, I've found my swollen fingers are no help getting it back on. I place a piece of tape, holding the bracelet with clasp side up. It makes it so I can clasp it without it moving around, also with only one try. Remove the tape and all is well.

Second problem I have is that my ring gets so tight, it needs to be removed. I tried soapy water, olive oil and even putting my hand in very cold water. None of these worked. I have a tube of Preparation H in the back of my bathroom cabinet. It had been there for several years. It is a well known trick when I did some modeling for those very swollen under eyes. Early morning calls cause this quite often. I had never thrown it away.


I thought if it worked under my eyes, maybe it may help my swollen joints. YES, it did. I put the cream around my ring and all over my joint, allowing the swelling to go down. I removed the ring with no pain. I have since used it when my knuckles felt as if my skin would burst, it works. Please make sure you wash your hands really well after using this for it won't get into your eyes or on food, etc.

I was grateful to find a couple things that make living with lupus easier, not having to wait for help. The swollen joints are something I have to live with,having a couple tricks makes it so the day inst ruined. Helping with the pain was a blessing to me. Finding something without aspirin that I can use.

Source: Needed to get bracelet back on. Prep H was from days of working; just used it in a different way. Thanks Brian (my old make up guy) it worked, sorry for all of laughing I did when you first used it.


By Luana M. from San Diego, CA

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May 27, 20120 found this helpful

These are great tips. I plan to try them both. Thanks so much!


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May 27, 20120 found this helpful

Hi Luana :-) Glad you've found a couple of things that give you relief! Want to share something with you about the Preparation H. The reason it probably worked for you is because you mentioned the tube was several years old. The company here in the US no longer uses one of the original ingredients that helps bring reduction so I would like to suggest you purchase from Canada in the future because they still use that particular ingredient to manufacture it there.


I am sorry I can't remember the name of that ingredient but if you do an engine search you will find quite a few articles about the subject if you're interested in knowing. Actually, I remember leaving a comment on someones post a couple of years ago in greater detail (before I forgot the details - LOL) so you might be able to still find it here at ThriftyFun.


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May 30, 20120 found this helpful

Here's an update for the ingredient removed from the US Preparation H:

The ingredient is called Biodyne also called Live Yeast Cell Derivative (LYCD). Our FDA ordered the removal of it from products a few years ago and it has been replaced with an ingredient called Phenylephrine which does not work the same and actually gives some people skin irritation especially if used around the eyes.


Biodyne does continue to be an ingredient in Canadian manufactured Preparation H.

If you don't know anyone in Canada who can ship it to you I found a very safe online link to order it from. The company is both safe and secure financially to order online from but also you can be assured the product is straight from the manufacturer and not an illegal knock-off product that you most likely would receive from other order links or even from eBay or Amazon sellers. It is expensive but from what I understand about Preparation H is that a little bit stretches a long way :-)

Oh, and in searching just now I also read that people use it for things like varicose veins too!


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