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Thumb Joint Pain
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.See 1 more doctor answer
Painful and itchy: There could be so many reasons for that. It hard to make a determination without taking a look.
Fell Feb14, was xrayed=no fx, tho doc thought it looked broken. Injury is to thumb joint more distal (not at base of thumb) still swollen/painful?
CRPS: A very small fracture not clearly visible on X-ray can lead to prolonged pain. If X-ray is negative consider MRI and see a hand specialist
7 weeks ago I fell and hurt my thumb joint. Now it is still painful. It's not a continuous pain though kinda only when I move it, or put pressure on it?
Distal phalanx pain in my thumb joint red swollen, painful, pops uncontrollably when I bend it &often stiff. Skin is rough&dry in the area what's wrong?
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.See 2 more doctor answers
Right thumb numb tingling painful. Mostly between fingertip and middle thumb joint. Sometimes weakness in hand. Right index finger numb also.?
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.
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.
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.
Arthritis: In the base of the thumb joint.
Get an xray: It usually is arthritis, especially in women.
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.