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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. ...Read more
Painful and itchy: There could be so many reasons for that. It hard to make a determination without taking a look. ...Read more
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?
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?
Trigger: It could be a trigger finger. Try heat or ice. If no change an evaluation with a hand surgeon could help. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Right thumb numb tingling painful. Mostly between fingertip and middle thumb joint. Sometimes weakness in hand. Right index finger numb also.?
Carpal tunnel: Syndrome is probably the cause. See your doctor. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Arthritis: In the base of the thumb joint. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Trigger thumb: The tendon is catching.Get a more detailed answer ›
I have a small growth just about a 1/4 in. Below my thumb joint (outside) I think it grew. Sometimes hurts, not always.
Growth on thumb: Without seeing the lesion, I can't speculate as to what it is. You should consult your family doctor. ...Read more
Can be: Numbness and tingling is commonly nerve related, and the ulnar nerve supplies sensation to the small and part of the ring fingers. It can be injured at the elbow, in the forearm, or within the palm. Pain at the elbow / forearm / wrist after a fall can be due to ligamentous or bony injury. Early evaluation which should include xrays in important, preferably by an orthopaedic or hand specialist. ...Read more
I have constant and sometimes extreme pain just below my thumb joint or perhaps closer to my trapezium for over a year now?
Trapezium -thumb: Understanding of anatomy may lead you to the right location and the names of the bones there. There can be tendinitis. Fracture. Sprain. Ligament injury contusion overuse, joint swelling skin issues, really anything in that area. However arthritis in this region is common. Seeing a hand surgeon who can examine your wrist, take X-rays and help first with a diagnosis then treatment can help ...Read more
Cracking: Cracking is normal. Its the release of co@ molecules from the joint. ...Read more