Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
Why do I get cramps in my fingers? I have had surgery. Could this be a factor?
A: Cramps arise when there is a disruption in the natural flow of energy, blood, and fluid circulation. This can be caused by a variety of factors. Lifestyle, work and recreational habits, and inherited genes are all important things to consider. I suggest you consult with your primary physician to rule out calcification or salt built up in the joints. Since you have had surgery, you may have congenital issues to consider as well. Your primary physician will be able to rule out these serious conditions. Then I suggest you contact a licensed traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioner to research your unique case and to look into what is contributing to the deterioration of your joints.
To look for a licensed TCM practitioner in your area go on www.acupuncture.com
You might also want to try the “Arthritis/Joint” herbal supplement by Traditions of Tao to promote healthy function of joints. Of course, discuss with your physician before beginning any new health regime.