The knuckle on my right hand index finger has been misbehaving lately, aching and sending shooting pains up through the finger, interfering with simple tasks like cutting vegetables and extremely important tasks like knitting. It hasn’t responded to my usual trusted drug, Advil, or to its counterpart in crime, Aleve.
So off to my hand doctor I went. An x-ray showed slight inflammation but not arthritis, perhaps a stretched ligament due to overuse. Neither surgery nor a cortisone shot would cure this ache. I was basically told I’d need to “live with it.” He did give me a prescription pain killer that comes with a ream of warnings about what it could potentially do to me whether it eases the aches or not.
Then at yoga, one of my fellow yogis, Diane, listening to me complain about my sore finger, told me she’s been taking the CuraMed that she bought at our local health food store and her back pain has disappeared. She added that “perhaps it’s psychological; it’s really expensive.”
I haven’t tried it yet, but may if the heavy -duty stuff doesn’t work or makes me feel ill. I may also try acupuncture.
What’s your favorite painkiller? Brand name or generic? Homeopathic? Alternative medicine? Please share.