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    Old 11-12-2006, 06:51 AM   #1
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    Heat therapy: Does paraffin make RA worse in hands?

    I don't know if it's just me, realizing that everyone is different, but I need help. I used my paraffin wax bath yesterday (dug it out of my closet as I haven't used it in years), bought new wax and last night, immersed both hands in it. At first, it felt divine. Within an hour, the pain was like a tooth ache in both hands, throbbing very painfully. I called my Dad (who also has RA) and he seems to remember that heat can make inflammation worse?

    Common sense finally kicked in and I ice packed both hands.

    As an aside (unless someone thinks this is relevant), I have mild carpal tunnel in both hands diagnosed last year with an EMG. Could RA exacerbate this? Could the paraffin?

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