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I have a sharp pain in my thumb nail and it hurts when i bend my finger, what can I do?

I have a sharp pain in my thumb nail and it hurts when i bend my finger, what can I do?

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

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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

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 more

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Hurts so bad to bend my thumb when i do sharp pain goes from my thumb to my elbow area. why is this?

Hurts so bad to bend my thumb when i do sharp pain goes from my thumb to my elbow area. why is this?

Tenosynovitis: inflamation of tendon to a joint , if any skin redness or recent pin prick like damage can be bacterial infection , see a dr. use pain meds like excedrin, aleve/ibuprofen to decresse inflamation, use a slint till better , over use with torque like motion or even thumb use on ipad can do it , if not better see a hand surgeon best , next orthopedic. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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.?

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

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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?

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 more

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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

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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?

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 more

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I have a sharp pain behind my palm, running from the thumb to the wrist. It started suddenly. What is it and what should I do.

Tricky: there are several possibilities, I cannot say in your particular case, but generally, the location and movement of a pain gives clues as to what is going on and in this case the wrist area (CARPAL TUNNEL) is a common cause of this. Wrist braces, modification of activity, all the mouse and computer rest stuff, and finally surgery are often recommended. ...Read more

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When I cut food, I get a sharp pain in left index knuckle. Also randomly get a sharp pain in muscle/flesh between same knuckle and thumb. ?

When I cut food, I get a sharp pain in left index knuckle. Also randomly get a sharp pain in muscle/flesh between same knuckle and thumb. ?

Trigger finger: If it gets "stuck" sometimes and you have to "unstick" it with your other hand, wonder about trigger finger. If pain but no sticking of the finger, wonder about arthritis in the joint. Tendonitis is also on the list, but without proper examination, hard to tell. Hope this at least gives you some idea. If it continues, please see medical provider for evaluation. Best of luck. Dr R ...Read more

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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?

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

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What is wrong with my wrist? I have been having trouble with my wrist for about 2 years. There is a sharp pain shooting from the middle of my wrist to my index finger and mainly my thumb.

First : First off, i want to tell you that i cannot diagnose your wrist problem. Your symptoms might be consistent with carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve gets compressed at the wrist. Symptoms can include pain, numbness, or tingling in the palm, wrist, thumb, or fingers. The thumb can become weak. Possible causes can include making repetitive wrist movements (like typing for a living), obesity, pregnancy, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. Please talk to your doctor about an evaluation by a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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Very sharp pain top of hand (metacarpal area closer to wrist between thumb and pointer) -drop things. No known injury-visible symptoms. Comes and gos?

Very sharp pain top of hand (metacarpal area closer to wrist between thumb and pointer) -drop things. No known injury-visible symptoms. Comes and gos?

De Quervain's : De Quervains tenosynovitis can present similarly with no known trauma. Suggest splint , Anti inflammatories for 2-4 weeks.
If ISQ then referral to orthopedic is recommended ...Read more

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Pain on top of left hand. Also in thumb area and wrist.Sharp pain with swelling and heat. What does this mean?

Hand pain: That depends on some thingg. Was there an injury involved? Was there an overuse injury - meaning a repetative action that may have caused a sprain? This could also be an inflammation or tendonitis depending on the location. More information is needed to make a diagnosis. If this continues or worsens you may want to see your primary care physician. Rest and Ice it to see if improves ...Read more

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