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Arthritic Nodule Thumb
I'm having pain and a bump nodule thing in my thumb. I am thinking its a blood clot. What should I do? Is it dangerous?
Cyst: I would think it is more likely to be a small cyst, either coming off a joint or along a tendon. Not very likely to clot or feel a clot there. Get it evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more
Tip of r thumb is numb, have a small growth w/in r armpit, is this the cause? History of hidratinosis, 1 surgery to remove cells, small nodule remained posto
A hard @1/8 inch nodule has formed under the skin near the middle joint of my thumb. It does not hurt. Do I need to see a doctor?
A digital myxoid cyst (sometimes called a mucous cyst) is an entirely benign swelling that occurs on the fingers or, sometimes, the toes. Digital myxoid cysts are not catching and not a sign of infection. Furthermore, they are not cancerous and will not develop into skin cancer.
The term cyst is from the greek kystis meaning a bag or pouch; myxoid and mucoid refer to the jelly-like contents. ...Read more
Does my having an arthritic lower back, neck & thumbs neutralize the results of the HS CRP test? Since the former involves inflammation?
Probably: CRP isn't a very reliable diagnostic test. ...Read more
I am doing weight training but have arthritic pain, esp. In thumb joint and wrists. Would you recommend sports gloves or therapeutic gloves or?
Wrist arthritis: The arthritis of thumbs and wrists can become more symptomatic due to repetitive positioning of the wrist and pincher movement of the thumb. Modifying positioning of wrist and hands can help, splints for your thumb (medigrip) can help. This use of topical antiinflammatories such as voltaren (diclofenac) gel can help as well. Variablity in work out program can also help. ...Read more
Knots, nodules palm:
Knots or nodules in the palm associated with cords or tight bands in the palm that contribute to contracture or tightness in the fingers could be dupuytren's disease. The treatment for this benign, painless condition varies depending upon the amount of tissue involved, the degree of finger contracture, your age, general health and other factors. I'd recommend speaking to your primary care physician aobut this and consider getting a referral to see a hand surgeon in your area.
This answer is for general informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or (in the United States) 911 immediately. Always seek the advice of your doctor before starting or changing treatment. ...Read more
Different types: The wear and tear type of arthritis (osteoarthritis), which is the commonest type takes years to develop as cartilage slowly erodes. However more inflammatory types like rheumatoid, other autoimmune types or psoriatic or gouty arthritis can develop rapidly and be acute (suddenly) and then become chronic. ...Read more
Swollen and itching nodules in my Rt armpit for over a month/hand goes numb while sleeping. Have appt. W/ breast specialist. Should I call PCP also?
Call PCP for appt.: As a PCP, I feel as if I am better suited to treat this. It is not clear to me that this is a breast issue and may be a waste of time to see the other doctor. I would see the PCP, especially if you can get in sooner. Good luck! ...Read more
Many ways: It depends on the type of thumb fracture that you have. Some require immobilization only, others are best served with fixation with pins or plates and screws. If you have a thumb fracture, please see an orthopedic surgeon for an exam and x-rays to make sure your fracture is treated appropriately. ...Read more
Injury?: Can't explain this other than injury or overuse of the thumb (video game enthusiasts get this a lot). Using the thumb to text can do it as well. Look into what, if any, overuse activities with the thumb you might be doing. ...Read more
Are you referring to a thumb sucking guard?
Several designs use velcro style closure or come in various sizes.
How old is the wearer of this guard?
You may need the larger style that has a wrist strap as shown in the photograph. ...Read more
X-Ray is best way.: Taking a simple x-ray is the quickest way to determine if there is a fracture. A walk in clinic equipped with an x-ray machine should be less expensive than a hospital er is you do not have insurance. If you have a physician, an exam could steer you to the right place, perhaps to an x-ray facility with a script in hand for the x-ray. Missed fractures may lead to complications like displacement. ...Read more
Pain: Fractures of the thumb are very painful to the touch. Additionally, there can also be a visible deformity to the thumb. See your doctor if you suspect a fracture to improve the likelihood of proper healing. ...Read more
Mass: The term "corn" means a lot of different things, depending upon to whom you are speaking. I would suggest you visit your family physician or a dermatologist or a hand surgeon to determine what the real problem is and the most appropriate method of dealing with it. ...Read more
After a fall: When a skier falls on their poles the thumb can get trapped and the injury is in the joint near the base of the thumb. That's why people wear the straps so the pole can break away during a fall. ...Read more
Most likely normal: Fisting is a normal behavior is infants. This should become less common as they grow and develop. By 6 months they should be reaching and grabbing and exchanging between the two hands. Fine motor development is well defined and should be reviewed by your pediatrician. If there are problems, he may suggest further evaluations. ...Read more