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My thumb joint keeps hurting?

My thumb joint keeps hurting?

Thumb pain: Are you doing a repetitive activity that keeps irritating or adds pressure to your thumbs? Early side for arthritis. ...Read more

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My thumb only has one joint. What is this called?

My thumb only has one joint. What is this called?

It can be a variant : It is hard without a picture or x-ray. There is a variant of the thumb called triphalangeal thumb where the thumb has 3 phalanges (like a finger) instead of the two phalanges that a "norma;" thumb has. There are conditions where the thumb is hypoplastic. This means it is underdeveloped compared to a "normal" thumb and may look thinner, have a different ligament structure and have thinner muscles at its base there are conditions known as arthrogryposis where joints do not develop normally and stiff fingers can result. While many arthrogrypotic limbs are not limited to the fingers alsone there are some mild variants known as distal arthrogryposis where only the finger joints are affected hand differences or hand congenital ( born with) anomalies are common. Some hand differences are beyond classification ( in other words we don't have a name for them they just are what they are) the good thing is that for most with a congenital thumb difference or even a stiff thumb joint that occurs due to an injury, it is not a problem doing everything and it is not a limiting factor in any type of job, hobby or activity you might want to search "congenital hand differences" on the web to read more. ...Read more

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Why does my joint on my thumb hurt in the morning?

Why does my joint on my thumb hurt in the morning?

Arthritis or trigger: Arthritis in the ip or terminal joint, the mp or main knuckle joint, or the base or cmc basilar joint is one cause. Arthritic pain is typically worse in th am but can stop after you get moving. Severe cases persist during activity. Very severe cases hurt and ache even into the evening trigger thumb also a painful thumb issue that is worse in the am. In some cases no locking occurs. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat the pain in the joints of my thumbs?

What can I do to treat the pain in the joints of my thumbs?

Supportive splinting: There are many options available to a common condition that involves joint pain or arthritis of the thumb including splinting, cortisone injections or surgery as well as anti-inflammatory medication. ...Read more

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Joint still hurts where I smash thumb about two weeks ago. Hurts only when touched. Will pain go away? Its been 2 weeks..

Joint still hurts where I smash thumb about two weeks ago. Hurts only when touched. Will pain go away? Its been 2 weeks..

Probably: unless you suffered an actual persistent injury, such as a fracture or a tendon injury, you should gradually improve. If your symptoms are continuing to slowly improve, I would do nothing else, but if they are staying the same or worsening, then you should see your doctor for an evaluation. Good luck. ...Read more

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My thumb started hurting and was stiff hard to bend. At the base joint has a hard knot an the first joint I can hardly bend.

My thumb started hurting and was stiff hard to bend. At the base joint has a hard knot an the first joint I can hardly bend.

Injury?: Do you remember injuring it? Might need an xray. See a physician for evaluation and treatment. Not being able to bend your thumb needs evaluation in person. ...Read more

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Both of my thumbs are locking at the joint .very painful . The right started first now the left is locking.. what could it be ?

Both of my thumbs are locking at the joint .very painful . The right started first now the left is locking.. what could it be ?

Trigger : Sounds like trigger finger/thumb. Hopefully all your other joints and faculties are working. I'd see your primary for some therapy/shots or surgical referral ...Read more