Thumb pain gripping

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For the past two weeks I have had discomfort in the base area of the thumb on my right hand which usually occurs when gripping with a wide grip, substantial force being applied to/with my thumb or pushing with my thumb. If I use a garden saw with my thumb on top I will get discomfort when sawing but if I put my thumb to the side or bottom part (effectively making a fist round the saw) its fine.
My son slammed my thumb at the base in a car door and door was closed on it a few seconds. This was a week ago. Still painful and swollen but I can move it. Biggest issue is gripping something with it. Should I have an xray? Could anything be done for it anyway. If it's pointless I'd rather not bother unles it could cause me more problems.
I pushed my thumb inward again and experienced the same pain. I examined my other thumb, and it was the same way, only the pain wasn't as severe. After self-examining my thumbs, I noticed that any time I tried to move either of my thumbs beyond their normal range of motion, I experienced this pain. Over the next few weeks, I would push, pull, etc on my thumbs to try to "work the pain out", similar to the way you'd stretch a sore muscle. The pain has mostly subsided.
Hi there, I came across your post, and it basically describes my situation perfectly. Every single thing you've mentioned is what I've tried and experienced, it's crazy! Wrist "tendinitis" but also pain in the elbow, ulner nerve tests (2 EMG's), MRI's of neck and wrists, Physical and occupational Therapy, chiropractor, pediatrician saying I'll "grow out of it," Ibuprofen, acetaminophen, naproxen, heat, cold, wrist and elbow braces...
It just curled in and I couldn't feel my finger or hand. No pain, no tingling, nothing. It just felt dead, like I would never move it again. Then after 5 mins it opened and was totally fine?!! I do yoga 5 days a week and the elliptical, so I'm pretty healthy. But what the what??!! Help. Trigger finger symptoms don't seem to match and neither does carpal tunnel really. Any suggestions?
The primary symptom an arthritis is a deep, aching pain at the base of the thumb that is made worse with activities that involve pinching and gripping such as you describe. There are additional symptoms. An MRI along with a good clinical exam can provide you with a correct diagnosis. You may have a vitamin or mineral deficiency. Again your PCP can best diagnosis your condition. I have a Vit D and B12 deficiency that caused severe muscle cramping but the cramping was not just in one area.
Basal joint arthritis is also common in people who have osteoarthritis. It causes pain at the base of the thumb, particularly during pinching or gripping. It also results in weakness of pinch. Pain killers and icing of the area helps, if the symptoms progress an Orthopaedician consultation is necessary. Take care!
It is also a ceasing/gripping pain. I've mentioned it to my gen practitioner last visit but I wasn't given a reason for it. He is an older man than me, (I'm 50 under VA care), and I have to ask after his investigations to get anything out of him. I still don't know its cause.
I feel like I'm getting the run around. The neck pain I have lived with for years but the shoulder and gripping pain in my upper arm is really ugly. My shoulder hurts when I move it but the gripping pain around my upper arm (about half way between shoulder and elbow) feels live a red hot band squeezing my arm. It causes me to double over in pain and I have very little use of my left arm on most days. The hydrocodone does little to ease the pain.
Symptoms The most common symptom is pain in the lower part of the thumb. You may feel pain when you lift something by the thumb and finger, unscrew the lid of a jar, turn a door handle or a key. You may find yourself dropping things. Weather may also make the thumb hurt. The joint may swell and with time, the thumb may become stiff or deformed. Inside your thumb The basal joint is formed by one of the wrist bones and the first of the three bones in the thumb.
Hi, “numbness and paresthesia (a burning and tingling sensation) in the fingers, especially the thumb, index, and middle fingers. These symptoms appear at night because many people sleep with bent wrists which further compresses the carpal tunnel. If the median nerve is already under stress, the increased compression of the bent wrist results in numbness and tingling. Difficulty gripping and making a fist, dropping objects, and weaknesses are symptoms of progression”. Taken from http://en.
From what I've read on the Web, some of this sounds like tennis elbow. But I don't understand the shooting pains into the hand, the pain along the thumb/index finger side of the hand, or dropping small objects. Perhaps it is multiple issues, not just one??? I've seen two orthopedists about this, neither of whom even took x-rays. The first doc recommended rest, but after a week off work and really resting it (my hubby did all the cooking and housework!), my symptoms were worse.
After an hour or two, the pain basically disappears. The pain seems to be emanating from my spine, and tensing up the back muscles nearest the spine. I have been seeing a chiropractor/massage therapist for about 4 weeks now, and it has not helped, because the pain is only after I sleep! I am 23 years old. I help my dad deliver produce 2 times a week in the morning, and I am also a full time sales associate at Sears selling electronics (which I'm on my feet all day.
I've been reading several of the posts regarding numbness while sleeping but, none really resemble my experience. I experience severe pain and numbness in my arms (especially my elbows) and hands when sleeping. Sleeping is difficult as a result. I can sleep as little as 15 minutes before the pain wakes me or sometimes a couple of hours... (this is when the pain is the worst). I usually just change positions and feel relief after a minute or two allowing me to return to sleep.
That eliminated the radiating right arm pain, thank God. Now, a short time later, numbness in that thumb and forearm reveal thru MRI that I now need an ACDF due to bone spurs on C5-C7, or else, says my surgeon, my thumb and forearm will become numb and immobile forever. Surgery is scheduled for 7/5/00. Of course, I'm scared to death - the 1st surgery was horrible enough, and now bone will come off my hip, too. My surgeon is tops.
Lately while cutting hair my ring finger ( on either hand) cramps (spasms) making it extremely hard to continue the cut . This also happens often while driving and gripping the steering wheel .Sometimes the cramping will go up to my forarm . I also have occasions where my thumb will become locked in toward my hand and I can not straighten it without pulling it with the other hand. My dr. said it was arthritis and to take advil or aleve . But that does not always keep it from happening.
I have taken antiviral drugs and am now on some antidepressants at night which seem to help the pain and control and I take pain killers for the nettle effect. I have also noticed a marked drop in my gripping power. and the muscles on the outside of my hand and between thumb and first finger seem to be shrinking by the day. I wonder if there is anything I can do to help this.
Is the pain at rest or on movements like flexion, extension or gripping? This may point towards tendonitis. If the pain is occurs during exercise, it may suggest lack of blood flow to the arm, which may be due to cardiac pathology or arterial narrowing to the arm. You should consult a doctor for a complete evaluation. Hope you got some input.
I cannot put any pressure on my hands and if I knock them against anything even slightly, shooting pain is sent through my entire hand. Random pricks of pain are constantly coarsing through my fingers and palms. Even typing this message is painful. I have experienced this before on a much smaller scale. For about a week after a sports injury, the pointer finger and thumb on my left hand felt numb and asleep. It was nothing as intense as this, though, and the feeling eventually wore out.
Other movements such as opening jars, slicing meats/fruits/vegetables, or anything that involving twisting or gripping also causes cramping and pain in my hands. Both are equally affected, and are also constantly extremely cold.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome causes problems in the thumb and two middle fingers, Pain will occur across the palm,and up the thumb. The pain weakens the grip causing you to drop things and causes pain when gripping things, typing or doing repetitive tasks. A nerve conduction study of the affected arm and hand will diagnose this. You will need a referral to either an orthopedist or a neurologist who specializes in this proceedure.
With the neuroma, everytime I touched my old incision scar it burned, sent a burning pain up my thumb. Anyways after my September 2007 surgery I was unfortunately injured in early November 2007, and my elbow was banged really hard into a wall. There were no fractures, heavy bruising. Since this injury I get burning pain in the palm of my hand below the little and ring finger. Increased numbness in little and ring finger.
Hello Dear, What is the exact side of the pain in the hand? Is it the wrist which is affected? Did you sleep on the dependant position which pressure on your hand? If your wrist is involved then probably you might be having symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) or median neuropathy at the wrist is a medical condition in which the median nerve is compressed at the wrist, leading to pain, paresthesias, and muscle weakness in the forearm and hand.
Hello Kevin AP With the information that you have given me i do not think that the artery in the palm between your wrist and thumb is anything to be concerned about. If you continue to have pain, start to notice weakness and swelling then i think it will be important to have this looked at. However with you being a skinny person and able to see other veins on your body i think this is nothing to be concerned about at the present time.
I'm not sure if this is where I should be posting this question, but figured I would try... I have been having some pain in my wrist and hand - kind of in the fat area where my thumb is. There's a vein in there that will sometimes seem swollen and it hurts if I push on it. (I can feel and see my pulse in it, it's gross!) A friend of mine said that the vein thing could be because of inflammation in my wrist. I've had soreness in the past but that was more on the top of my wrist.
And that I would most likely have to have surgery. I don't have pain in my wrist or thumb which is normal for CTS. Could this really be what it is? I do have tingeling in my fingers and numbness, mostly in the morning. It's the swelling and pain and not being able to make a fist that I don't understand; it that normal with CTS? Could I have a pinched nerver? I also have a very stiff neck and pain in my elbow. Does anyone have any suggestions on what this could be?
did your pain ever go away? I had this happen last week and the pain is still there. Same exact thing, except mine is from my armpit to my thumb. I am worried that it will be permanent. Your experience is very helpful!
But by the time I saw her, other than tingling in my right thumb, I strated having a pain in my right and left hands and arms. I told her that since I saw her last time, I started having a pricking sensation in my right hand including my ring finger and pinky and also my arm. And also I started having a pain in my left hand and arm. She told me that the reason why my ring finger and pinky had a pain was because the way I rested my wrists was bad.
I have numbness in my right arm 50% of the time and I am having trouble gripping things with my right hand especially between my thumb and index finger. I have pain in my left shoulder blade and neck. I have trouble turning my neck to the left when I do there is pulling all down in my shoulder blade area. I also have bladder problems with urgency and have to strain at times I take Detrol for this.
Hey, I broke my pinky finger about nine months ago and had a few questions maybe someone could help me out with. The problem is that the way the finger healed, it points towards my thumb a little bit, and can slip under or over the finger beside it if I am to grab onto something like a broom. My pinky is always pressuring my other finger, so that even when I make a fist it doesn't always follow in line the the rest and just feels awkward.
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