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What can cause the joint that connects my thumb to my hand to hurt?

What can cause the joint that connects my thumb to my hand to hurt?

Thumb CMC arthritis?: One of the most common causes of pain at the base of the thumb is arthritis. Pain usually increases with pinching or opposing the thumb across the palm. An x-ray may help with diagnosis. Maybe try a splint that immobilizes the thumb for a while to see if it helps. Good luck! ...Read more

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What could cause pain from the joint of your thumb to the wrist. It is hard to move and don't have a lot of flexibility. It is in both hands.

Arthritis: This is a common area where osteoarthritis develops after wear and tear and i see it more in women than men. Less common would be tendonitis or chronic sprain from certain activities. If you can tolerate meds like Ibuprofen it may help. ...Read more

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My hand was crushed in 2008, after that developed carpel tunnel, had surgery, just found out have dip thumb joint could crush be the cause?

My hand was crushed in 2008, after that developed carpel tunnel, had surgery, just found out have dip thumb joint could crush be  the cause?

Traumatic arthritis : Sounds like the crush to your hand started a cascade of problems. Carpal tunnel can develop for a multitude of problems. It sounds like you are describing joint changes if the ip joint in your thumb. If it was previously injured you are a increased risk for developing arthritis. ...Read more

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My thumb is stiff & painful the joint closes to the hand has a knot on it. If I bend my thumb its like it pops out of place an very painful?

My thumb is stiff & painful the joint closes to the hand has a knot on it. If I bend my thumb its like it pops out of place an very painful?

See orthopedist: You should see an orthopedist who can examine you, possibly do an X-ray or other radiologic study and properly diagnose your problem. ...Read more

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My right thumb is very painful (i am left handed) when i move it the knuckle joint clicks?

My right thumb is very painful (i am left handed) when i move it the knuckle joint clicks?

Tendon swelling: Trigger thjumb occurs when the digital flexor tendon begins to swell, from either trauma or overuse. As it swells it becomes stuck at the entrance of the finger, based in the palm at the base of the finger. This will cause occasional clicking, stiffness, and occasionally overt locking. Treatment is anti inflammatories, rest, injections, or a simple trigger release. ...Read more

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I have salty deposits growing on my thumb joints- both hands. Not sure if its gout or kidney issues?

I have salty  deposits growing on my thumb joints- both hands. Not sure if its gout or kidney issues?

Maybe both?: You are describing what sounds like tophi. Gout and kidney disease go hand in hand. Uric acid building up in the body can be due to sluggish kidneys' inability to excrete it adequately. On the other hand, too much uric acid may lead to kidney disease itself. If you have had gout in the past, you should be on treatment for this and following a diet low in purines (your doctor can help with this). ...Read more

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