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   Posted 2/18/2010 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all, I have had pain in my fingers primarily, which is what led my doc to dx RA. I have had pain in my left thumb, at the base, for a few months now. We talked about doing a pred shot but I took pred pills instead. The pred helped tha pain in my fingers but not the pain in my thumb as much. My rheumy said that she thought that is was De Quervain's tendosynovitis, which is caused by overuse. And to try and rest my thumb as much as possible. I said, "Yeah, right!" because I am a stay-at-home Mom with an active 3-year-old and 2 school-age kids.
  When I was in the rheumy's office last month, she had me do the Finklestein test for de Quervain's. You curl your thumb in towards your palm, curl your fingers over your thumb, and move your fist from side-to-side. If you feel a pulling sensation in the muscles on the side of your wrist, it's de quervains. I felt that a little bit in the office, now I don't feel it in my wrist. The pain is in my thumb.
  Anyway, last night at dinner, I was moving my thumb and I felt a sharp click and then my thumb was in terrible pain. It lasted for a long time. I put some Voltaren gel on it, and then wore my compression glove, but the only thing that helped was to not move it at all.  I was doing some reading about "trigger thumb" and I don't know if tha'ts what happened. But my thumb hurts pretty bad today too.
A bit of history:I am a lefty, so I use my left hand more than my right. I also broke my left wrist last fall and had to have surgery, I now have a plate with screws in my wrist that is permanent. I have noticed that I have lost hand strength in both hands since then.
  I personally think that it is arthritis and not just a muscle issue. Any thoughts? Thanks!

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   Posted 2/20/2010 2:56 AM (GMT -7)   

Im not sure what's going on there for you Moggy.

Do you have a follow-up appt. with your Rheumy after having taken the pred?

Did she say what her next course of action was for you after the pred?

Sorry I cant help much and even sorrier you are still in so much pain.


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   Posted 2/21/2010 8:37 PM (GMT -7)   
that is where most of my hand the base of my thumbs on both hands! I find myself rubbing that area more than anywhere else.

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   Posted 2/25/2010 6:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I used to have a lot of problems with pain in my finger joints and took to wearing magnetic rings. It helped a lot but Avon stopped
making them and I haven't been able to find them since. Magnets work well with the joint pain....hematite too as it's magnetic.

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   Posted 2/27/2010 7:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all! Thanks for the replies! I talked to my rheumy about my thumb and she said it "still" sounds like deQuervain's tendinitis. She said the clicking was probably the tendon sliding over the bone, and that that happens sometimes.
Nana, I have wondered about magnets...but I have a plate with screws in my left wrist, and I don't know if the magnets would do anything weird to that! I think the metal in my wrist is titanium, so it's not magnetized (I think). We used to joke that I would be able to wear charms on my wrist without the bracelet!
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