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   Posted 9/9/2008 9:44 PM (GMT -7)   
   Does anyone else with Fibro get a shooting pain in the muscle that connects with the Thumb, even up through the Thumb? 
   That seems to be a very tender spot for me most of the time, but sure does hurt when that pain shoots through it.... cry
   I sub at our school cafeteria, and lifting the trays up to the counter for the students sometimes aggrivates it.   ~Sande~

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   Posted 9/9/2008 10:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sandelee!

That's a great question and I'm not totally sure of a great answer. Many people with fibro have also had a dx of carpel tunnel syndrome. But that involved the median nerve which supplies nerves to the 2nd, 3rd and inside of the ring finger, not the thumb. (thinking out loud here) Is it possible that you have some arthritis in that area? It is a bug muscle so by definition it could be fibro. Hmmm, I'd be asking my doc if it were me. Not sure if there's a cure but a good checkup by a orthopedist would tell ya.

Keep us posted,
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   Posted 9/10/2008 8:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Sande, and welcome to the forum.  I'm not sure if I've welcomed you before (fog) but I'm glad you are here!
I have carpal tunnel that comes and goes and carpal tunnel does include the thumb.  I'm glad it didn't affect Chutzie's thumb because that really hurts!  I had it so bad at one time that I barely could hold a pen.  The pain can shoot up into your elbow!  I just continued with my ibuprofen (with food) and Tylenol and babied the affected hand.  It has gone away, for the most part but it will flare up occasionally. 
Classic carpal tunnel usually affects the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and the inside of the ring finger.  It doesn't have to affect all of these fingers at once, as Chutz said.  Here is a link all about it from the National Institute of Health.
I hope this will answer your questions.  If not, just ask!  We are here to help you.  Have a great day!
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   Posted 9/11/2008 12:21 AM (GMT -7)   
I do get that. Especially if it's something like lifting a tray where I'm having to use a lot of pressure with the thumb. Anything that makes me bear down sometimes gives me the same kind of shooting electrical pain like tendonitis. Thankfully I don't have to use my hands like that a lot. It mostly comes up when I'm doing dishes or something like that. But yet, there's no inflammation there.

No, you're not alone or nuts. lol
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