carpal tunnel and trigger thumb and frozen shoulder.....

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Missy2006
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Date Joined Jun 2006
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   Posted 6/5/2006 9:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I had frozen shoulder in my rt shoulder about 2 years ago, and that was followed a year ago by carpal tunnel in both hands.   It was severe, by the time I finally got all the referrals and testing, and I had carpal tunnel release done, first on my rt side, then on my left.   Shortly before I had the carpal tunnel surgery, my left shoulder began to act as if it was also going to get frozen shoulder.   I hoped it wouldn't, and continued with the carpal tunnel release surgery plans.   I got a tremendous immediate relief when my rt hand was done, and while waiting a few weeks for the left hand, I developed a horribly painful case of "trigger thumb" on both hands.    SIGH.   I mean it HURT, BAD.   So, after I had my left carpal tunnel, I went in and got a cortisone shot in my right thumb.  Now it's been two weeks since the left carpal tunnel surgery and my doctor says it's ok to get the cortisone shot in my left thumb.   In the time I have been waiting, my left thumb has completely froze straight, and I cannot move it.    I have accidentally moved it a couple of times, and it stuck there and I had to pop it back myself, and it was a pain like you can't believe.   The right hand's cortisone shot definitely took care of the trigger thumb issue there, so despite how painful the shot was (I'd rather have 100 surgeries than one single tendon sheath shot...) I look forward to the next cortisone shot and the relief it will hopefully bring.
 
My tests for RA have all come back negative.   I don't know how it is that I keep getting these things like frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel and trigger thumb........ WHY, when all my bloodwork is completely normal?    What other tests should I be asking for?    Should I try to get a referral to a reumatologist?   And orthopaedist?    Where should I turn for answers?    I am only 50 and otherwise in good health, not overweight at all, nor anything else.  

CNSKris
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   Posted 6/6/2006 6:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Missy:

I have an odd question for you. Do you have any skin problems, reflux problems, inflammation, etc. or is it all joint contractures? I'd suggest physical therapy which is usually ordered by an orthopedic. Please let me know if there are any other odd symptoms that may or may not be related. Depending on the answer you may need to check with a rheumatologist. Thanks - Kris

Missy2006
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   Posted 6/6/2006 7:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't have any of the above. Just joint stuff (over and over) and now this trigger finger. When I had my last carpal tunnel, the neurosurgeon made a remark, asking me if I had Crohn's Disease (sp? i forget!) Anyway, no I don't, but I asked him why had asked. He said, "This doesn't look like normal carpal tunnel, to me. Sometimes when there's Arthritis or Crohn's, or digestive problems, we see it look similar to this. Thyroid issues, etc. You should have some tests." So I had tests from my GP:

Rheumatoid Factor
Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rage, Automated
CBC
C-Reactive Protein
ANA Screen

I'm not sure what those all were.... but they all were within normal limits. Perhaps I should be referred to an orthopedic doc. How would physical therapy help?

RandomDave
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   Posted 6/7/2006 9:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi...I have trigger finger of the middle finger of my right hand, so it makes flipping people off kind of inconvenient. My rheumatologist said it's caused by arthritic nodules against the tendon, usually higher up on the palm side of the hand. The nodule sort of pins the tendon down so when you try to bend the finger, or I guess thumb in your case it just doesn't work. My short term fix was to kinda squeeze the joint that doesn't seem to bend on both sides with the fingers of my other hand. For me, it made moving the finger a little less painful. The other thing my rheumy wanted me to do before I got a cortisone shot was to get a sort of semi-soft ball and just kind of squeeze it while I was watching tv or whatever. That did the trick and I didn't need the cortisone shot. I guess the "excercise" breaks down the nodule. it does come back now and then, but I just get out the ball and it goes back to right pretty quick, and more importantly, I'm back to flipping people off like a pro! Good luck!
-SLE, Psoriatic Arthritis & Rheumatoid Arthritis

-Current meds: Plaquenil (200mg, twice per day), Sulfasalazine (500mg 3 times daily) NSAID du jour (twice daily)


erin.K
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   Posted 6/8/2006 3:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Dave...I love your humor. lol
Active, Severe Rheumatory Arthritis. Crohns. AS. Chiari Malformation & Right Brain venous anomoly. Partial complex seizures. Emphysema. Rheumatic Lung & Heart. MVP and Tricuspid prolapse. Had Lymes disease for 10 years.
Meds: Humira 40mg Q 4 days; Pred 20mg prn; Pentasa 4G daily; Imuran 50mg; Dilaudid 4mg; Diazepam 5mg; Avinza 30mg; Reglan; Meclizine; LidoDerm; MiraLax & too many others.


RandomDave
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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 164
   Posted 6/8/2006 8:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Aw thanks! For me, laughter is the second best medicine. Right after percocet.
-SLE, Psoriatic Arthritis & Rheumatoid Arthritis

-Current meds: Plaquenil (200mg, twice per day), Sulfasalazine (500mg 3 times daily) NSAID du jour (twice daily)

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