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Doctor insights on: Weak Thumb Symptoms

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My thumb hurts and feels weak. Why?

My thumb hurts and feels weak. Why?

Arthritis: The most common cause of pain at the base of the thumb is arthritis. Pain is typically worse with use — especially pinching, turning a key, and trying to open a lid. Treatment is with splinting, medication, and heat. If pain persists see a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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I've had an annoying twitch in my right thumb for two days. Its not painful or showing any sign of weakness. Should I be concerned and see a dr?

I've had an annoying twitch in my right thumb for two days. Its not painful or showing any sign of weakness. Should I be concerned and see a dr?

No worries right now: No need to push panic buttons. Sometimes, a part of the body gets into a "twitchy mood" for no apparent reason & it goes on even for a couple of days as you describe but then, stops. Generally, nobody will be able to find a cause and life goes on. You may wish to avoid using that hand to hold grenade pins down and defer being the RACE TIMER for your kid's track meet until it stops. LOL. ...Read more

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Help with a potential thumb injury--muscle is really weak?

Help with a potential thumb injury--muscle is really weak?

Need more info: Weakness of the thumb can be caused by injury to the median nerve — one of major nerves that innervates part of your hand. However, it's impossible to know how to address this problem without more information about the nature of your injury. ...Read more

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My left fingers are weak weaken and curved. My right thumb has a bulge. Could it be something serious?

My left fingers are weak weaken and curved. My right thumb has a bulge. Could it be something serious?

Probably arthritis: Has this been a slowly progressive condition? As arthritis develops bumps occur from bone spur formation, and the joints can become crooked as ligaments stretch out and bone resorbs. ...Read more

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Dislocated thumb — lingering pain/weakness. Will arthritis set in?

Dislocated thumb — lingering pain/weakness.  Will arthritis set in?

Bad news: When you have dislocated thumb that not good, you should check out and treated. Thank you. ...Read more

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My left thumb has been twitching all day continually the past 3 days. My arm is weak and at times feels heavy. Should i be worried?

My left thumb has been twitching all day continually the past 3 days. My arm is weak and at times feels heavy. Should i be worried?

YES: You don't give your age or any history, but if you are over about 40 or have had any neck or head injury or smoke or have any high blood pressure, cholesterol problems or are on BCPs or have any family history that makes you susceptible to stroke, you need to be seen. NOW! It may be absolutely nothing. Or it could be devastating. Don't take any chances. You're covered, please go get an exam! ...Read more

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I'm so scared. 37 year old female. Noticed my thumb twitched a couple times within the week and now my arm feels weak. Could it be Parkinson's?

I'm so scared. 37 year old female. Noticed my thumb twitched a couple times within the week and now my arm feels weak. Could it be Parkinson's?

Not parkinsons: You need to talk to a neurologist for more details but no Parkinsons does not cause weakness, it causes tremor at rest, cogwheel rigidity and slowness of movement ...Read more

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If still having pinch weakness in my sprained thumb 1 week after injuring, does it indicate my ligament is ruptured, or is this normal for a sprain?

If still having pinch weakness in my sprained thumb 1 week after injuring, does it indicate my ligament is ruptured, or is this normal for a sprain?

It depends: It all depends on the severity of the injury and physical examination to suspect a rupture. Acute and subacute pain (caused by a sprain or strain) can inhibit the muscle action and cause weakness. Visit your doctor for an evaluation and advance imaging if needed. Hope this helps, www.Otwithmd. Com. ...Read more

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What's difference between a ganglion and carpul tunnel? Have painful lump inside rt wrist. Thumb side of wrist weak, no injury.

What's difference between a ganglion and carpul tunnel? Have painful lump inside rt wrist. Thumb side of wrist weak, no injury.

No lump for carpel: A ganglion cyst will have a lump. The carpel tunnel syndrome will have pain with repetitive movement such as typing. See your doctor and they will evaluate ...Read more

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On and off head numbness past few days and 1 occurrence of right thumb paralysis temporarily whilst weakness in index and middle finger causes?

On and off head numbness past few days and 1 occurrence of right thumb paralysis temporarily whilst weakness in index and middle finger causes?

Head numbness?: The differential includes cerebral vasospasm, TIA due to hypotrension or cardiac arrhythmia with a fixed stenotic lesion, acephalgic migraine and focal seizure. Focal seizure is less likely because of the absence of initial "positive symptoms" (Parasthesias) If the head numbness and hand symptoms are unrelated think CTS. If deficits last 24 hours or greater think MS or ICS (not quite MS) ...Read more

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Lump in crease of elbow. Lump itself does not have pain under it tingly to my wrist pointer and thumb. Arm as a whole has weakness and aches?

Lump in crease of elbow. Lump itself does not have pain under it tingly to my wrist pointer and thumb.  Arm as a whole has weakness and aches?

Neuroma?: Time to see your Dr for examination to determine why you are having unusual symptoms in your arm. Cannot tell definitively over Internet--might be lymph node over / pushing on nerve, could be growth or cyst from nerve, could be from prior trauma or even infection--needs a good history and exam to know for certain. ...Read more

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What causes hand weakness and periodic numbness to my left thumb and index finger?

Neck or hand: This could be from the neck like a pinched nerve at C6 however, my impression is you have symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.
See your family md for a more thorough eval. ...Read more

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A housecat bit me on my thumb 5 days ago. Had stitches. Small holes are festering. I'm taking penicillin. Why is my whole hand weak? Can't make a fist

A housecat bit me on my thumb 5 days ago. Had stitches. Small holes are festering. I'm taking penicillin. Why is my whole hand weak? Can't make a fist

Due to infection: I am concerned that penicillin is not the best choice to treat this infection, and house cats due harbor lots of infections (dogs have far safer saliva, in general). Would contact your doctor, and maybe see infectious disease specialist. Do not delay, as you may be developing a cellulitis, and may require incision and drainage. ...Read more

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My left thumb got fracture, so how much time it take to recover and am having tournment in november 1st weak so what u say can I play...?

My left thumb got fracture, so how much time it take to recover and am having tournment in november 1st weak so what u say can I play...?

Depends: It depends on what type of thumb fracture and location. Is the fracture displaced or angulated? Is there an associated ligament tear? Does the fracture involve a joint? What type of tournament? Is this your dominant hand? Can you wear a protective brace during the event? Most low-risk fractures heal in about 6 weeks. Your physician should be able to help you with these decisions. ...Read more

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I sprained my thumb 7 weeks ago and it is still sore and weak. I have sprained this thumb at least 18 times since childhood. Should I see my doctor?

I sprained my thumb 7 weeks ago and it is still sore and weak. I have sprained this thumb at least 18 times since childhood. Should I see my doctor?

Yes: Be assessed. There are fractures that are involved with ligamentous damage and it is important those ligaments are reattached again to make your thumb strong. All the best. Stay in good health. ...Read more

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Left wrist weakness with no tingling/numbness. Pain/discomfort when wrist is rubbed at base of the thumb and when bent. Emg, X-ray and MRI are normal.

Occupational therapy: It seems that you are already seeing a neurologist and they have ruled out common neurological causes of wrist and hand pain. See an occupational therapist who may be able to help. Diagnosing such conditions can be challenging and sometimes take several months and repeated follow up. In the meanwhile pain management is recommended and various classes of different analgesics may have to be tried. ...Read more

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I have a DVT in my shoulder. What exactly causes the pain in my arm? And what exactly would cause weakness in my thumb and index finger?

Thought: Dvt is in the subclavian or axillary veins most likely. Shoulder is a joint and area.
Swelling is uncomfortable.
Rest, elevation, ace wraps may help control/ decrease the swelling while collateral veins develop.
Radial nerve controls thumb and index and may have pressure.
Other? What led to the dvt?
Surgery, hospital,? Pressure from brace etc?. ...Read more

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For 3 months I've had pain in my left thumb. Now raitiating up arm to behind collar bone. Dull ache. Leaves my arm weak. What could this be?

For 3 months I've had pain in my left thumb. Now raitiating up arm to behind collar bone. Dull ache. Leaves my arm weak. What could this be?

Herniated Disc : Your symptoms are consistent with a herniated disc in your neck, specifically the 6th cervical nerve. You need to be evaluated by an orthopedica surgeon. ...Read more

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Part of my palm underneath my thumb area has been twitching/jerking no obvious muscle weakness worried about ALS now.

Part of my palm underneath my thumb area has been twitching/jerking no obvious muscle weakness worried about ALS now.

Muscle Twitches: Muscle twitching may be due to many thing including peripheral nerve damage at the carpal tunnel for example, pinched nerve in the neck or benign fasciculation syndrome. Best to discuss this with your doctor and perhaps referral to a specialist is in order. ...Read more

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Joint pain for 3 months and now my dominant hand has lost strength. Can't join thumb and pinkie, or click fingers. Grip weak.

Joint pain for 3 months and now my dominant hand has lost strength. Can't join thumb and pinkie, or click fingers. Grip weak.

Neuropathy: 36 yo w. chronic "joint pain" but doesn't tell us whether this discomfort is in hand/wrist, shoulder or generalized; or from injury. Apparently, diagnostic efforts not yet undertaken & etiology of "joint" symptoms unknown. Rheumatologic symptoms are commonly bilateral. Unilateral hand weakness worrisome & fits description of peripheral neuropathy. Neurologist's evaluation appears to be paramount. ...Read more

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I have a dull pain starting in my left thumb radiating up my arm behind my collar bone. Seems to get worse as the day goes on. Leaves my hand weak?

I have a dull pain starting in my left thumb radiating up my arm behind my collar bone. Seems to get worse as the day goes on. Leaves my hand weak?

Several things: Pain that severe needs to be worked up by your doctor in person. He/she will listen to you, perform an examination and possibly order some tests to see what's wrong with you. ...Read more

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C4, c5, C6 are bulging. I have shooting pains, burning, general weakness in left arm. Both thumbs hurt to grip. 2 rt toes are numb. Is it all related?

Disc symptoms: The left arm symptoms may be related to the bulging discs, but the thumb symptoms are not. These may be caused by arthritis of the base of the thumbs. The numb toes may be related to nerve impingement in the foot. A neurologist would shed more light on your symptoms. ...Read more

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Right arm feels tight and full when I use it. Looks redder compared to left. Some pain/ ache in forearm and tricep. Thumb is weak. D dimer neg

Refer to answer: This sound like a pinch nerve. Do not do weight lifting and your doctor for an MRI of neck. What you are saying correspond with C6 and C7 nerve root in your neck. Avoid looking up. ...Read more