Arthritis. In the base of the thumb joint.
Arthritis. Chronic pain in the mp joint if the thumb is most likely caused by degeneration of the joint surfaced causing inflammation and pain. This could be from a remote injury that damaged the cartilage or chronic overuse.
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.
Thumb pain. Infection, inflammation, foreign body reaction. Should have it evaluated as your thumb is very important to have. Don't wait.
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.
Depends on surgery. There are many types of surgical treatments for basilar thumb arthritis. Soft tissue arthroplasties rarely have painful complications. If an artificial implant is used, there are more possible problems. The first thing you should do is see your surgeon and get an x-ray. If your surgeon can't help you, get a 2nd opinion from a board certified orthopaedic hand surgeon. 40 is young for this surgery.
Replaced how? Basilar thumb arthritis is a very common condition. Treatment results with surgery are generally quite good, especially pain relief. Typically the arthritic bone, the trapezium, is removed. It can be replaced by tendon or hematoma, with similar results. Things can get complicated when artificial replacements, such as metals and plastics, are used. Sometimes it's just a painful scar, c your doc!