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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 what's going on and also a referral to a rheumatologist or hand surgeon.

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What is causing my thumb joint to be painful, and itchy.

What is causing my thumb joint to be painful, and itchy.

Painful and itchy: There could be so many reasons for that. It hard to make a determination without taking a look.

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My thumb joint is very painful and swollen. Severe pain grasping or moving thumb towards small finger. Some pain 1 month, severe pain 3 days.

My thumb joint is very painful and swollen. Severe pain grasping or moving thumb towards small finger. Some pain 1 month, severe pain 3 days.

Which thumb joint: There are three basic thumb joints. If this is at the bottom of the thumb, this is the carpometacarpal joint. It is commonly involved in osteoarthritis. And you may have had some irritation in the joint because of the severe pain. You can discuss this with the physician, there are some splints she can wear, you can have an injection, there are medicines that you can take.

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I have pain in my thumb joint I think its the mp joint what are some causes of this?

I have pain in my thumb joint I think its the mp joint what are some causes of this?

Tendon/joint: Pain at the level of the metacarpophalangeal (mp) joint without antecedent trauma is most commonly due to trigger thumb. The pain and tenderness is located on the palmar (front) surface. Other symptoms include morning. Another cause of mp joint pain is arthritis. After trauma, causes include tendonitis, sprain, joint injury (cartilage damage) and fracture. See a hand surgeon for an evaluation.

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What do I do for thumb joint discomfort?

What do I do for thumb joint discomfort?

RICE: Rest, immobilization, cold and exersice. Thumb joint pain, especially at the base, is usually arthritis. I start with a brace and oral steroids and if pain persists, injections and therapy follow. If I can't relieve the pain and x-rays show arthritis, I will procede with arthroplasty. Surgery consists of removing the arthritic bone and replacing it with tendon.

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Why does my thumb joint keeps swelling after I pop it?

Why does my thumb joint keeps swelling after I pop it?

Injury: You are most likely causing a localized acute arthritis every time you pop your joint. I would certainly refrain from intentionally doing this and if it happens, apply ice, take Ibuprofen (if you can) and elevate it. See your doctor if concern.

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My thumb joint keeps cracking randomly (it doesn't matter if I'm doing any activity or whatever), how do I stop this from happening? Any excercises?

My thumb joint keeps cracking randomly (it doesn't matter if I'm doing any activity or whatever), how do I stop this from happening? Any excercises?

Joint cracking: Cracking sounds occur when a-bubbles form in joints as they are pulled apart, b-Rapid stretching of ligaments, and other possible etiologies. Old wive's tale of popping the joints, especially knuckles, leads to arthritis or other joint problems. However, medical research has so far failed to conclusively demonstrate any connection between knuckle cracking and long-term joint problems.

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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.

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How to I get relief from snapping thumb joint?

How to I get relief from snapping thumb joint?

Difficult: Best to see a hand surgeon for care. All the best.

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Why can't my thumb joint be surgically cleaned out?

Why can't my thumb joint be surgically cleaned out?

Technically it can: But it is usually of little benefit, because of the small size of the thumb joints. Depends on which joint as well. If you have pain or DJD in your basal thumb joint or cmc joint it can be cleaned out with a procedure called a trapezium resection and suspensionplasty. Great surgery 97-99% success rate. The other thumb joints can either be fused, but this sig. Decreases thumb function.

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Right thumb joint is fused. Can it be made to bend?

Right thumb joint is fused. Can it be made to bend?

An ip Jtlw fusion: At the thumb tip or an MP joint fusion at the large knuckle typically cannot be taken down and made to move. However if you have had a fusion at the base of the thumb or what is called the CMC joint then at times that fusion and be removed and the thumb stabilized with some type of tendon transfer or inter-position and motion can be restored partially. There are many variables to consider first.

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What do you do when your thumb joint hurts after injury?

What do you do when your thumb joint hurts after injury?

See your doc: If you have a fracture and it is not treated you could be in for problems later. An x-ray at the very least.

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How to figure out why I can't move my lower thumb joint?

How to figure out why I can't move my lower thumb joint?

Trigger finger?: Most likely causes of lack of thumb motion are trigger thumb, tendon rupture or joint injury. Assume lower means ip joint, you need to see a hand surgeon.