In the fight against creaky bones and joint pain I found this bit of relief and wanted to share.
A friend recommended lidocaine patches for a pinched nerve that acts up when I have to drive long distances. Lidocane has recently been made legal at the pharmacy here in amurika.
They don't do much for my neck... I figured why not, cut one into strips and wrapped them around the knuckles on my fretting hand. A bit of tape to hold in place and I can even play with them on my fingers.
Age and injury has brought constant low level pain to my left hand and I've tried about all of the recommended cures. I'm amazed at how well this worked. Unfortunately these are a bit pricey for me to use regularly, so for the most part, I'll stick with ice and aspirin.
If lidocaine and aspirin is what you respond to they make it in a creme form in case you are interested, I've used aspercreme without lidocaine which I am allergic to, and it it worked for me - its odd how these things can work for some and not others.
Last night I was in The Blue Anchor in Helston, (Cornwall) doing my part to help them to finish a barrel of "Spingo" Christmas Special at 7.4% ABV. Three pints and I'd forgotten my minor ailments! For Brits of a certain age: "t'is efficacious in every way!"
I've been using Glucosamine and Chondroitin tablets on and off for about ten years. We started off giving them to our last dog for arthritis, and they seemed to help fend off the time when she needed prescribed (read: expensive) medication. I'm not sure whether they actually do anything, but I seem to feel a little better after a couple of days starting up with them again.
In the last year, like Jeff, my left hand and in particular the higher thumb joint is proving a nuisance, but my fingers in both hands feel "thick". I suspect that the thumb could be a tendon strain? It does not affect my guitar playing so I live with it. For me it's the legacy of having been a sheet metal worker, but that alone does not explain why my left thumb should be so affected. I've always been "double jointed" in the left thumb so perhaps that's it.
I think Lidocaine (and probably most preparations with the suffix "caine" will be restricted or prescription only over here in the UK? What about Ibuprofen gel? I do realise some folks are allergic to Ibuprofen...