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Sharp Pain In My Thumb
I have a very sharp pain in my thumb. It's been hurting for a month now. I can't see anything in my thumb. Should i been concerned?
Video games?: At 15 playing video games comes to mind. ...Read more
See doc: This might be a glomus tumor. See your doctor. It could also be something a orthopedic doctor would have to treat. ...Read more
I have sharp pain from my thumb knuckle to my wrist. Took a fall months ago, was told i was fine. Should i still be having pain? Just before thanksgiving i slipped on the ice and went down several stairs, trying to catch myself with my one free hand. Thou
There : There are a number of injuries that can occur in this area. The other respondents have listed some of them. Going through the anatomy from the wrist to the thumb: tendinitis can occur betweent the wrist extensors and thumb extensors at the "intersection". It can also occur along the thumb tendons in the first dorsal compartment--called dequervain's tenosynovitis. A fracture can occur along a small part of the radius, called the styloid. When it is not out of place, it can be easily missed. These small fractures are often overlooked or discounted, but can be associated with a much more serious injury involving a tear in the scapholunate interosseous ligament. This ligament is part of the cornerstone of the wrist. When it tears, the whole wrist can collapse in a condition known as scapholunate advanced collapse (slac). Just past the radial styloid is the scaphoid. This is a difficult bone to assess and it's even harder to heal. Often, the first x-rays will not show a fracture. After a couple of weeks, a faint line may appear, but not always. If not immobilized promptly, they have a tendency to not heal (non-union). This process can also destroy the wrist in what is called scaphoid non-union advanced collapse (snac). As you move toward the base of the palm, there is a joint called the basilar joint, trapeziometacarpal joint, or carpometacarpal joint (all the same thing). There is a stout ligament, called the beak (or volar oblique) ligament, that can be torn. In a young person, this should be reconstructed. Again, disruption in this area can lead to arthritis. This joint frequently causes arthritis symptoms in the hand. Beyond that is the thumb metacarpophalangeal joint. There are several stout ligaments that can be injured here. The ulnar collateral ligament is most common--located on the side toward the index finger. When acutely injured, it is known as "skier's thumb." chronic injuries become known as "gamekeeper's thumb." depending on the severity, these may or may not require surgery, but do better with immobilization. The radial collateral ligament can be injured in a similar way. It is on the side opposite the index finger. Also, the volar plate can be torn on the palm side of the joint and allow the thumb to bend backwards. Also at the metacarpophalageal joint, you can have a sesamoid fracture--fracture of a small bone that "anchors" the ligaments and tendons in the area. You can also develop a trigger thumb (catching of the tendon) or a flexor tendon sheath ganglion--a cyst that forms from leakage of fluid from around the tendon. On rare occasion, these can occur after a trauma. Further toward the thumb tip, you can have a mallet thumb (unable to extend the tip because of a tendon rupture) or a flexor tendon rupture (unable to bend). Ligaments in this area may be injured as well. There are also a series of bands, called pulleys, that hold the flexor tendon in place. A rupture of one of the pulleys can be painful and cause the tendon to deviate from its normal position. The conditions above assume "normal" x-rays or small fractures that can be missed. Other fractures can occur as well. The bottom line is that there are a lot of things that can happen to a thumb that do not necessarily show up on x-ray. Evaluation by a hand surgeon can help you locate the injured structure(s) and determine a treatment strategy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I woke up today with a sharp pain in my left thumb. Last night it was fine. No sign of bruising or injury. What can it be? It moves ok but its painful
I'm getting a sharp pain from the tip of my thumb to my shoulder feels weird ihave sclosis and have fell on my back many times?
Nerve pain: 18 y/o female with scoliosis(curvature of the spine). You are most likely experiencing irritation of the 6th cervical nerve due to pinching of it at the neck. This is related to the positioning of your neck due to the abnormal curvature of your spine. Gentle traction of your neck in a straight line to reduce lateral flexion on the painful side may ease it some; but see your doc if it persists. ...Read more
I just got this sharp throbbing pain under my right thumb nail. It just started out of nowhere. Its been hurting for about 15 minutes now.?
Without knowing: More detail about your history, it's hard to say. It could be many things, but if it really came out of nowhere and there is no swelling, redness or discoloration, the source of the pain may not be under the nail, but rather a nerve further up that's being impinged, causing your brain to "think" the pain is coming from the nail. Try come ice and take a tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin or see your md. ...Read more
Sharp pain when I write or stretch skin on my thumb but in the cease where u form the letter C no cuts in there just shooting pain on the skin?
Nerve injury: Sounds like there may be nerve injury, either from direct trauma like a hammer, or chronic repetitive stress like carpal tunnel. It's also possible there is a virus that is inflaming the nerve like herpes simplex which can affect the hand, but there is usually a rash or blisters with that. ...Read more
I jammed my thumb playing hockey. I've kept it immobilized for 2 weeks. I can flex it, but if i put pressure on it when i extend it, I have sharp pain?
One more thought: Both prior answers are correct but: recommendation: get x-ray to rule out avulsion fracture. If no fracture, surgery is not the first option. It is the last option. Most such ligament injuries take a minimum of 6-12 weeks to repair and sometimes longer. If pain lasts >12 wks or if you are in a hurry for repair, seek prolotherapy to fix ligament before surgery. Good osteopathic dr. Can help. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My thumb is not swollen but I can't tell if it is jammed or swollen, any movement causes a sharp pain.
Thumb joint problem: You complain about pain on motion of one of the joints of your thumb. You can get a finger splint at your local pharmacy which will stop you from moving it. You can take Ibuprofen, Advil, (ibuprofen) Motrin (all the same but for spelling every 8 hrs. Dose is wt (kg) x 10 mg/kg every 8 hrs. Easiest to take 7AM - 3 PM - 11 PM. ...Read more
My 29 yr old friend that's a girl has pain in the inside area under her left thumb. It's a sharp pain that feels better when it's rubbed. Any ideas?
CMC Synovitis: As a hand surgeon i can tell you i see more patients with basilar thumb problems than carpal tunnel these days. The joint is inherently not very stable and young females can develop really painful instability of this joint. The concern long term of course is development of arthritis so i would definitely get this checked out. Hope this helps! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer