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  • Writer's pictureMarion Verloop

Painful fingers

Updated: Feb 23, 2020

In my videos you see me wearing a thumb ring.

I get many question about my ring. For example:

Wow, what a great ring. Where can I get one?

Oh I think I need a ring like that, I have … Where did you get it?

Can you please take off that ring? It is distracting.

My ring is not a fashion statement. It is a brace, a beautiful one, but still a brace. The ring is called a Silver splint. The joints in my fingers and arms are hyper mobile, this means that they can bend the wrong way.

For many years this was no problem. I even liked it as a kid. I could do some amazing tricks with my fingers. Now that I am getting older, some joints are starting to hurt.

Some of my fingers bend 90 degrees backwards,

Scary, right.

my husband’s fingers bend zero degrees backwards. We used to argue about who is ‘normal’. Of course we both thought we where normal.

A few years ago my fingers started to hurt, so I went to a specialist. Unfortunately she told me, my fingers are not normal 😔 I still believe my husband’s fingers are also not normal though😄

When I do not wear the thumb ring, I can not crochet without pain. I have more rings, but in the videos I only wear my thumb ring, otherwise you would only see silver 🤨 then it would really be distracting.

On a daily bases I wear another ring, on the dip joint of my right hand middle finger.

When I crochet with thin yarn, I wear 2 more rings on my left hand index finger. One for the dip joint and one for the pip joint. These joints used to bother me a lot, but now that I wear the thumb ring, those joints don’t hurts so much anymore.

Silver splints

My rings are custom made by a company called WeDesign. I am fortunate that my health insurance payed for the rings.

I have seen silver splints on Amazon. Some look good, but I also saw some very thin versions. I don’t think they are strong enough to last more than a day.

If you think you need a Silver splint, please do some research. You don’t want to spend money and then be disappointed.

A Silver splints can be used for several reasons, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthrosis, Hyperextension and luxation of the joints due to Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Hypermobility Syndrome, muscle dystrophy, collateral ligament instability and Multiple Sclerosis.

If you have any questions about my rings, feel free to ask me.

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