I was watching the hands and arms of some of my favorite dancers on youtube last night and while so inspired and happy to watch them again, I had a moment of sincere hand lust and sadness. I have been experiencing more consistent and prolonged flare-ups of arthritis. It lasts for quite some time and is quite annoying to deal with. Bellydancing With Arthritis is definitely a new challenge for me as a dancer.

 

I have refused taking medications, as I want to try natural remedies first before I allow any chemical to enter my body. I know there are medications out there that work, and i am not judging those who do take them, I am only explaining that they will be a last resort for me personally.

 

I am sure there are many belly dancers out there who suffer from arthritis. What advice do you have? What has worked? How do you mentally cope when your fingers and hands do not want to cooperate?

 

I have never had my arthritis act up to this degree before. My knuckles are swollen by mid-day and throbbing by night time, and it is quite scary. As a performer at this level, a lot can be expected, and I have an acute awareness of how my hands look on video but how to remedy when your fingers are stiff from arthritis?

 

Has anyone reversed the effects of arthritis (wishful thinking)? Any foods that worked wonders instantly?

I open up the floor to all belly dancer and professional dancers. Please share your stories, natural remedies that made a big difference and how you have tweaked your hands and fingers in a manner that actually made a visible difference?

 

I am currently taking Tumeric each day, but it doesn’t seem to be strong enough as I do not feel any difference. I need a remedy that is a bit stronger and is easy to do each day as I have beyond limited time.

 

I love watching these gorgeous hand and fingers combinations on youtube. The hands are so soft, they seem to float through each movement effortlessly. Is there hope? I sure hope so!

 

If you happen to know a dancer with RA in her hands, who has found a way to create “soft hands”, please have him/her chime in as I am dying to figure this out. I am hoping that through this blog many other dancers out there who are Bellydancing With Arthritis can meet, exchange ideas and hopefully shed some positive light into this subject.

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