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Thumb is stiff & tight in the knuckle, pain in knuckle when bent back but xray & ultrasound are clear. on going for 4 months, caused by punching?

Thumb is stiff & tight in the knuckle, pain in knuckle when bent back but xray & ultrasound are clear. on going for 4 months, caused by punching?

Early arthritis?: Joint stiffness & pain sounds like early arthritis. If you have been an avid boxer, then osteoarthritis (from overuse of the thumb) seems to be in the works. Often, X-rays & ultrasound cannot detect the changes of early arthritis, especially if it is located in a small joint like those in the hand. Best to see a rheumatologist or find another way to make diagnosis. Ice the thumb, avoid over-use. ...Read more

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An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more


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How do I stop sucking my thumb?

How do I stop sucking my thumb?

Why do it?: The real question is, "what does thumb sucking accomplish?" for small children, it's easy. It eases boredom, provides relaxation and some mild stress relief. For adults, it can do a lot of the same things, but most adults have learned other coping skills, or learned to deal with life's stresses. Thumb sucking obviously serves a purpose, and a therapist can help find them and form new coping skills. ...Read more

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How can I stop sucking my thumb?

How can I stop sucking my thumb?

Nail polish: Couple of things you might consider: wear a sock on your hand when you go to bed, create a barrier between the thumb and your mouth, another is to look at your self in a mirror as you suck your thumb, keep that visual in mind when you feel the urge. Third , you can purchase a nail polish that is designed to taste bad when you put your thumb in your mouth. You can obtain it at the grocery store. ...Read more

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Teenage cousin wont stop sucking her thumb, how to stop her?

Teenage cousin wont stop sucking her thumb, how to stop her?

Cant force her: A dentist can put in a mouth guard that doesn't allow her to get her thumb in her mouth. Seeing a counselor to help discern why she still does it (anxiety and comfort are usually why) and to help give her other ways to self comfort would also be helpful. ...Read more

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How to stop thumb sucking?

How to stop thumb sucking?

Age of patient?: Infant: offer pacifier toddler: out of sight, out of mind child: peer pressure, thumb sucking splint (breaks the suction), painting nails with bitter substance specially designed for this teen/adult: habit replacement therapy, plus child treatments. ...Read more

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What could cause continued thumb sucking?

What could cause continued thumb sucking?

Habitual: There are many psycho-social causes of this habits but the child usually outgrow it by school age. ...Read more

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What is better: sucking on thumb or pacifier?

What is better: sucking on thumb or pacifier?

Pacifier: If given a choice, sucking on a pacifier is better than on a thumb. A parent can make the pacifiers disappear when the child is old enough, but it's hard to make the thumbs "disappear". Also, sucking on a pacifier won't cause the calluses and cracked skin on the thumbs. ...Read more

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Should i stop my 4 mth old from sucking her thumb?

Should i stop my 4 mth old from sucking her thumb?

No: Sucking her thumb is a method by which she can calm and comfort herself. It is natural at this age. ...Read more

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Are thumb guards effective at stopping thumb-sucking?

Are thumb guards effective at stopping thumb-sucking?

Thumb guards: I think that if a kid wants to suck his or her thumb , they will find a way to get to it and get the thumb guard off. Good luck with that problem. Dr brazelton is a famous. Pediatrician i used to look up to help with these problems or any sleep issues. Good luck. ...Read more

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How can I wean my child off thumb sucking?

How can I wean my child off thumb sucking?

Thumb sucking: You just have to remind them it is not a good thing to do. You have to break the habit. You could reward them with toys or bribes. Try to stay away from candy. You can also read some of the articles by dr brazelton who is an excellent resource for pediatrics. Good luck. ...Read more

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