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I have a swollen, painful thumb that locks at the first joint. What should I do?

I have a swollen, painful thumb that locks at the first joint. What should I do?

Maybe an injection: The tendon helps your finger bend and is lined by a sheath. It sounds like to may have inflammation of the tendon sheath causing locking when you bend it. This is called a trigger finger. When a hand orthopedist or rheumatologist evaluates you, they may recommend a steroid injection to relieve it. ...Read more

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I've got a swollen, painful thumb that locks at the first joint. How do I treat this?

I've got a swollen, painful thumb that locks at the first joint. How do I treat this?

Trigger thumb: Initially ice, anti inflammatories and splinting should be tried. If no response than steroid injection could be helpful if not than surgical release of the a1 pulley that is causing the locking. ...Read more

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I woke up with a swollen, red, hot and very painful thumb joint! There was no trauma. How do I know if it is gout, infection or something different?? What tests should be done?

I woke up with a swollen, red, hot and very painful thumb joint! There was no trauma. How do I know if it is gout, infection or something different?? What tests should be done?

See your doctor: This is something you need to be seen in person about. Gout is definitely a possibility, but there is a whole list of things this could be. I would elevate it, take some NSAIDs if you have no reason that you can't. Call your PCP to be seen today. you may need some X-rays and blood work done to see whats going on and also a referral to a rheumatologist or hand surgeon. ...Read more

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My wrist is mildy swollen between bottom of thumb and wrist joint . What could be the condition and what would be treatment.

My wrist is mildy swollen between  bottom of thumb and wrist joint .  What could be the condition and what would be treatment.

Arthritis or Tendon: This is likely to be either one of two things. Either basal joint arthritis of the thumb or dequervains tendonitis. There are other conditions but in the area you described these are the most common. Consult an experienced hand surgeon for help. ...Read more

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Is ice an effective non-drug treatment for trigger finger alongside splint? How long to ice if it is? Thumb is swollen at joint.

Is ice an effective non-drug treatment for trigger finger alongside splint? How long to ice if it is? Thumb is swollen at joint.

Probably not: because trigger finger is caused by chronic, not acute, inflammation. But trigger finger does not usually present with swelling. Ask your doctor if it could be something else. ...Read more

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Unknown diagnosis, symptoms, treatment. Arm pain/ thumb pain/ jaw pain and fatigue proceeds schizoid effective disorder. Cycles back every few months.

Unknown diagnosis, symptoms, treatment. Arm pain/ thumb pain/ jaw pain and fatigue proceeds schizoid effective disorder. Cycles back every few months.

See primary doctor: Arm, thumb and jaw pain can be related to cervical spine problems or inflammatory causes in the neck. They can be entirely unrelated to a schizo-affective disorder. You should have these symptoms evaluated by your primary physician (rather than by your psychiatrist) to get at the cause of the problem ...Read more

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What are treatments for a swollen thumb?

What are treatments for a swollen thumb?

Find the cause first: Problems can range from tendinitis, infection, arthritis , trauma, ligament sprain, gout, tumor, tenosynovitis either septic or aseptic, systemic fluid retention, tight bandage, and others. ...Read more

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I have thumb pain and it is swollen and cramped up. What do I do?

I have thumb  pain and it is swollen and cramped up. What do I do?

See your doctor: These symptoms can only be adequately diagnosed only after a thorough evaluation by your doctor. This may include labs and other satudies. Once all of the information is in, your doctor can let you know what's going on, and what to do to help you. ...Read more