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A 21-year-old male asked:

I've been having pain on my hand between thumb and index finger on the fatty part. i could feel the pain under my thumb inside my hand. hurts to hold?

4 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Hector Amaya
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
OA: I would suggest that depending your ocupation, if pain is elicit with grabbing such as stiffness one of the most common places of affection in osteoarthritis is the base of the thumb. Pain and stiffness are some of the symptoms and a simple x rays of the hand can make the diagnosis.
Dr. Elizabeth Black
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Hand pain: Hands take a lot of abuse daily and there are several muscles and ligaments that traverse this area and are at risk for injury, strain and tendonitis. The thumb has a particularly complex articulation (the way the joint and associated muscles assemble and function) and is a common site for problems. If painful, prolonged or debilitating, have it evaluated by your physician.
Dr. Michael Aron
Hand Surgery 34 years experience
Could be many things: This could be the first sign of arthritis or could be an early trigger finger.
Dr. Tariq Niazi
Dr. Tariq Niazi commented
Orthopedic Surgery 44 years experience
At age 22 I would think it be more in line of a Trigger thumb, or a nerve lesion or tendonitis/strain----- depending on occupation &/or Hx of any injury to it. Get to an orthopod to get it evaluated.
Apr 18, 2013
Dr. Michael Raemisch
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
Arthritis: Arthritis at the base of the thumb gives the pains you describe. An x-ray can easily help identify it. A small thumb brace can be very helpful. Surgery is also an excellent fix if the case is bad.
Last updated Jun 21, 2018
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