Carol says she had been suffering from trigger finger affecting both her middle fingers for just over a year.

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For those who do not know, trigger finger is a condition affecting the flexor tendons of the fingers and thumb. These are the tendons which bend the fingers and thumb. Tendons consist of the actual tendon and its covering called the tendon sheath. They are like a bicycle brake cable where there is the inner wire and a covering. The brake cable wire is designed to slide inside the cover as the tendon is designed to slide back and forth inside the tendon sheath.

Due to a number of reason the tendon may become swollen and inflamed so that the tendon stops sliding smoothly and gets stuck in the tendon sheath. When this happens the finger or thumb stays bent and cannot easily straighten out. Sometimes a swollen nodule can be felt in the tendon, which may also be tender. When the finger 'triggers' it has to be forcibly straightened out which may produce a painful sensation as the swollen tender suddenly moves passed the constriction.

Carol says she started taking C60 in May 2018. She says she likes to do scuba diving when she is on holiday which she did in July. She says she forgot to take her C60 with her and whilst on holiday noticed her middle fingers were locking as she was taking her diving wet suit off. She says you have to clench your fist tightly to grip the suit to take it off and that within a few days it was causing her middle fingers to 'lock' (trigger).

She says she had not taken C60 for about two weeks when she was on holiday and then restarted on returning home. She says within a week of restarting C60 her trigger finger settled down. We must remember she would not have been taking off a wet suit when she returned home but at the same time she had had trigger finger even when she was not doing this.

trigger finger tendonDuring her everyday living she would experience trigger finger quite often and was surprised how often she would clench her fist. She says she would even wake up at night and find her finger had 'locked'. She says she is aware there are a number of treatments, which include steroid injections and surgery but she is not keen on either of these.

She says she started out on a loading dose of 20ml of C60 oil reducing to 5ml per day. She says she had expected an effect sooner than she actually experienced any benefit but she persevered and after a couple of weeks started to find her trigger finger was getting better. In our pre-interview conversation we know she was not expecting the result she got and had not realised C60 could help treat trigger finger.

Carol has used the full selection of oils. She says she found the olive oil and black seed are too peppery for her. The peppery taste is due to polyphenols in the oil. She was not especially keen on either the pumpkin seed or hemp oil and describes the hemp oil as tasting earthy and grassy. She says she liked avocado oil better, finding it creamier and smoother.  Coconut was her favourite and found it had a milky taste.

We were unaware that Carol was suffering from trigger finger before she reported back to us. Interestingly this is the first time we have heard of anyone finding that C60 helped their trigger finger. We presume this is another example of its anti-inflammatory effect.