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It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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I play tennis and the muscle under my thumb is always sore after practice. Do you have a diagnosis and a way that I can ease the pain?

I play tennis and the muscle under my thumb is always sore after practice. Do you have a diagnosis and a way that I can ease the pain?

Thumb Pain: The soreness in the muscle is probably from tendonitis as a result of overuse. The repetitive motion used with your tennis stroke is the cause. You might try wrapping it and ibuprofen. Icing it after tennis may help. You might try a softer racquet grip as well. ...Read more

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Painful pinched nerve in thumb, 1st and 2nd fingers on dominant right hand. Numb fingers, muscles sore, no grip. What can I do until appt?

Painful pinched nerve in thumb, 1st and 2nd fingers on dominant right hand. Numb fingers, muscles sore, no grip. What can I do until appt?

SUGGEST: Let's assume you have carpal tunnel syndrome, and it is affecting the median nerve substantially. You have about a 35% chance that wearing a wrist splint, which you can find at orthopedics supply store, will calm down the inflammation, and decrease symptoms if worn thru-out the day. An OTC NSAID may also help a bit. ...Read more

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I hurt my neck wrestling on monday night and my left arm muscles feel weak and my left thumb is sore. Its been like 3 days. I can move my arm though?

I hurt my neck wrestling on monday night and my left arm muscles feel weak and my left thumb is sore. Its been like 3 days. I can move my arm though?

See doctor: Neck injury with associated arm weakness especially if it involves the hand can be a serious injury. It suggests the possibility of a nerve root injury at the neck level. This could be related to a herniated disc, an irritated nerve root, or just a neck strain with associated muscle spasms resulting in nerve pain. Regardless, you need to see a doctor before you are cleared to wrestle again. ...Read more

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I have had pain on my right side above the hip below the rib cage. A tender spot in the muscle about the size of my thumb. Since wednesday?

I have had pain on my right side above the hip below the rib cage. A tender spot in the muscle about the size of my thumb. Since wednesday?

Pulled muscle: You could have pulled a muscle. When you discuss this with your physician to ask about issues like the intestine, gallbladder, the kidney as other possibilities. But if it's right on the surface I suspect it's the muscle ...Read more

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Soreness in trapezius muscle with numbness & tingling in arm and hand. Is a massage good for this? What else?

Soreness in trapezius muscle with numbness & tingling in arm and hand. Is a massage good for this? What else?

Heat, nsaid: Try a moist warm/hot towel or heating pad, try Ibuprofen or other nsaid. Sometimes a gentle massage to the muscles can be helpful....if your symptoms persist see your physician for examination. Neck problems (disc) and peripheral nerve (carpal and cubital tunnel) entrapment are fairly common. Best of Luck! ...Read more

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I slammed my left hand against a surface last night, now my left bicep feels sore--as if I pulled a muscle. Risk of blod clot? Moving hand feels odd.

I slammed my left hand against a surface last night, now my left bicep feels sore--as if I pulled a muscle. Risk of blod clot? Moving hand feels odd.

Blood clot?: Pretty unlikely with that mechanism. A pulled muscle could be cause the soreness. I would think the hand feels funny because it is bruised. Take some simple analgesia and see what happens. ...Read more

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I am concerned I might have ALS. Muscle twiches, dead sore arm and locked up and clumsy hand?

I am concerned I might have ALS. Muscle twiches, dead sore arm and locked up and clumsy hand?

Do you worry a lot?: ALS doesn't cause a limb to be sore or to "lock up." you also haven't adequately described your muscle "twitches" or what you mean by "clumsy? " If you're worried, posting on HealthTap won't un-worry you. See a neurologist. ALS is one of those diseases that people get irrationally terrified of? Far out of proportion to their chances of actually developing it? It's a rare disease. ...Read more

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21male right neck muscle pain right hand finger tingling right feet finger tingling pain in knee and hip right side sore throat is it MS or ALS? Plzz

21male right neck muscle pain right hand finger tingling right feet finger tingling pain in knee and hip right side sore throat is it MS or ALS? Plzz

Unclear: The constellation of symptoms is non-specific. Furthermore, knee pain and sore throat are not considered typical presentations of either MS or ALS. If the symptoms do not resolve in the near future, you should consider seeing a neurologist for further advise/consultation. ...Read more

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With my right hand supinated, if I push down on it with my left hand, I feel a sharp pain in my trap muscle, small area also tender to touch there?

With my right hand supinated, if I push down on it with my left hand, I feel a sharp pain in my trap muscle, small area also tender to touch there?

U may have a: Muscle spasm/trigger point in your trap muscle. Try massage, heat, advil (ibuprofen). ..And try to figure out how you strained that muscle (whatever makes it hurt) and avoid that activity until better. ...Read more

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My muscles in my both lower upper arm hurt burning aching pain goes all the way to hand with weakness in arm?

My muscles in my both lower upper arm hurt burning aching pain goes all the way to hand with weakness in arm?

? Pain: There is not enough information for me to tell you accurately what may be going on. I would suggest seeing a DO who specializes in neuromusculoskeltal medicine or a DO or MD family physician, sports med or physiatrist. ...Read more

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I had a tender feeling in my groin muscles for two days, noticed that evening that I had swollen lumb on the left hand side with headaches and fatigue?

I had a tender feeling in my groin muscles for two days, noticed that evening that I had swollen lumb on the left hand side with headaches and fatigue?

? Infection: What you described is consistent with infection in the area drained by the groin node. It is not feasible to provide a more meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor. ...Read more

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I cannot feel my thumb and the muscle seems to have withered?

I cannot feel my thumb and the muscle seems to have withered?

Nerve problem: You may have a problem with the nerve input to the thumb or the circulation. Is it cold feeling and is the pulse present on the base of the thumb. You probably should see a physician for this to prevent permanent change. There might be a problem with the nerve root in the neck. ...Read more

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There is pain in the muscle below my thumb. What could this be?

There is pain in the muscle below my thumb. What could this be?

Several things: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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Thumb is sore & swollen. Didn't injure. Cause and what to do?

Thumb is sore & swollen. Didn't injure. Cause and what to do?

Follow-up needed: This could be an inflammatory process caused by arthritic changes (ej. osteoarthritis, gout, etc.). Need to see a Physician if not better. ...Read more

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Sore thumb to bend but not to touch... She said she hurt it on a door frame running past 2 days ago?

Sore thumb to bend but not to touch... She said she hurt it on a door frame running past 2 days ago?

Tenovaginitis: Early trigger thumb often presents as painful flexion at base of the thumb particularly after hyper-extension injury icing and anti-inflammatory with rest and splinting usually breaks the cycle of inflammation ...Read more

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For the last week my thumb and the palm under it have been sore. It pops frequently and now I can't bend it.?

For the last week my thumb and the palm under it have been sore. It pops frequently and now I can't bend it.?

Snapping thumb: You likely have a "snapping thumb." this is characterized by an obstruction of the flexor tendon. A local cortisone injection can often resolve this problem. A minor surical procedure would be curative if the local injection is not successful. ...Read more

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Hit my head in metal bar yesterday. Have small thumb size dent slight headache and soreness should I be worried?

Hit my head in metal bar yesterday. Have small thumb size dent slight headache and soreness should I be worried?

Worrisome: Headache after any head injury can represent underlying hemorrhage / hematoma around brain coverings! Could just be a bruise. May not necessarily require any specific treatment but it is always good to get it checked, especially if it is a matter of one's head! ...Read more

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I have a bad pain on my wrist and below my thumb it feels like it needs to pop but it won't and it's sore to move it what should I do?

I have a bad pain on my wrist and below my thumb it feels like it needs to pop but it won't and it's sore to move it what should I do?

Wear a wrist splint: That wraps around the thumb, and see an Orthopedist for this as soon as you can to see if you have a tendon or muscle sprain or something else. ...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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I dislocated my thumb and it required surgery to relocate it, no muscle damage was present and only slight soft tissue damage, how long is recovery?

I dislocated my thumb and it required surgery to relocate it, no muscle damage was present and only slight soft tissue damage, how long is recovery?

4 to6 weeks: It seems you had open reduction without pinning. The recovery is fast and maximum time it takes is 4to6 weeks at the most. But since we don't know what surgical procedure you had, I suggest you ask the orthopedic doctor who did the surgery how long is the recovery in your case ...Read more

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Sore on side of thumb under nail?

Sore on side of thumb under nail?

Sore under nail: Often lesions under fingernails are viral warts, but other conditions can cause persistent lesions under nails, including trauma, bone changes and some skin cancers. If the sore is persistent, it needs to be looked at by a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Can sore thumbs be linked to liver?

Can sore thumbs be linked to liver?

Yes: Nobody knows why, but hemochromatosis patients often have their arthritis first appear at the bases of the thumbs. It's a cinch to rule in or out with labs. ...Read more

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Is my thumb fractured if the big muscle hurts?

Is my thumb fractured if the big muscle hurts?

It could be: When the fracture at the base or at second joint they could heart a lot. ...Read more

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Help with a potential thumb injury--muscle is really weak?

Help with a potential thumb injury--muscle is really weak?

Need more info: Weakness of the thumb can be caused by injury to the median nerve - one of major nerves that innervates part of your hand. However, it's impossible to know how to address this problem without more information about the nature of your injury. ...Read more

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Which extensor muscle is assosciated with hammer thumb deformity.

Which extensor muscle is assosciated with hammer thumb deformity.

Extensor pollicis: Longus. But if your thumb is "hammering" it might actually be triggering and that has to do with the flexor tendon getting hung up in the a1 pulley at the base if your thumb on the palmar aspect of your hand. ...Read more

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I woke up today with sore forearms and it feels difficult to grab thing with my thumb?

I woke up today with sore forearms and it feels difficult to grab thing with my thumb?

Compression palsy: It is possible that you laid on the forearm or leaned against it too long over night, causing a mild compression palsy (nerve is injured and so thumb does not work well). There is medical condition: saturday night palsy--a drunken person sleeping on the bench leaning on his arm all night, next day can't straighten wrist our because of nerve injury. If not better, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more