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Sungirl1
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   Posted 11/29/2017 3:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Does a thumb injection hurt terribly?
Scared ...a lot of getting one!

Just Bee
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   Posted 11/29/2017 8:53 PM (GMT -7)   
It is more pressure than pain when you're actually having the injection. It will hurt a little several hours after and be achy for a bit. Once the steroid starts to work though... you'll be so happy that you had it done! I had 3 in about 6 months, in the same thumb. I eventually had a CMC arthroplasty. BUT, sometimes the steroid calms everything down and is enough to keep you from needing surgery, well worth trying the shot first.

Sungirl1
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   Posted 12/2/2017 1:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for taking the time to answer my question. Can thumb arthritis cause an issue with your whole hand? My doctor has performed extensive blood work and all is okay there. My hand can feel swollen or tight one minute and the next it feels normal. I also have this weird sensation in my hand like there is a heaviness there and have no idea what this is. I do not have carpal tunnel. I am to go to a hand specialist in a couple of weeks. I don't know much about neuropathy but often wonder if I have that because I have that same type feeling in my upper back since I had a frozen shoulder years ago. The only way I know to describe it is a numbness and/or tightness that is just aggravating and gets on my nerves terribly. I noticed it more whenever I'm under a great deal of stress. Mentioning stress, can stress cause hand pain I wonder? Again thank you for taking the time to answer my question.

Just Bee
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   Posted 12/2/2017 9:15 PM (GMT -7)   
I know that the rest of my hand did feel tight and hurt, up into my forefinger especially. The inflammation can certainly interfere with nerves, etc. and cause some odd sensations. The steroid injection can help with that, also. I initially assumed that I had carpal tunnel, that wasn't the case, just really bad arthritis in the lowest joint of my thumb.

It's definitely a good idea to see a hand specialist. They know how to fix the problem and keep your hand functioning as well as possible. Evidently thumb arthritis is quite common and it's something they treat frequently.

I think stress can make everything hurt worse, and make an ache almost intolerable. There may not be a physical basis for that, it may be because it's harder to regulate emotions when we're stressed, we aren't able to focus on something other than the discomfort, maybe?Just my guess.

Sungirl1
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   Posted 12/3/2017 2:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much for your information. It is so strange I can fold clothes, unload the dishwasher, wash dishes, make beds etc... but yet driving is difficult and just like the other day, I was wrapping up Thanksgiving decorations in tissue paper, and my fingers just started aching terribly. I couldn't even really pinpoint where it was aching. This could not have happened at a worse time because now it's time to put up Christmas decorations. Normally by now, I have all of mine out. Just the thought of putting up decorations and having to wrap in tissue paper to store makes me cringe even thinking about it. This causes me to feel so very depressed. I don't even think I can do my baking. It's not so much my thumb hurting it's my hand and fingers aching that is bothering me the most. That is what is so strange about all of this. It started with the thumb just barely giving me problems to now this. There have been times I've had not much strength even though I have regained some in the last couple of weeks. Just reading your message makes me feel better because I know someone out there understands.

Chotti
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   Posted 12/3/2017 3:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with comments made above. See a hand arthritis specialist and a couple opinions is best. Do some research on the physicians. Also check into a rheumatologist they are very well trained for treating osteoarthritis.

I wear a fixxglove nightly for the past 6 years, it's like a hand brace but much more comfy than the standard types. It holds my hands and thumb in place, as we sleep hands form a fist and causes more swelling. Anti inflammatory meds help as well as muscle relaxers. There are many treatments that can give you relief . Important to treat now before to much damage is done to the hand.

Don't let it get you down it's not the end of the world. I have had surgery on my hands and many other joints due to osteoarthritis. I can still do all the things I love doing. My hands are a bit disfigured from years of abuse and arthritis. I learned from a physical therapist exercises and better ways of doing daily tasks. There are many hand helpers for arthritic hands joints . See online catalogs for further treatments at home.

My fav treatment is hot wax treatments. Helps relax the hand and sleep better at night.

Hope your better soon! Cold weather doesn't help I keep hand warmers in gloves when out and about.

Post Edited (Chotti) : 12/3/2017 4:10:33 PM (GMT-7)


PeteZa
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   Posted 12/6/2017 3:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I have what the doctor called a trigger thumb. My fix has been ice, a brace and ibuprofen. I want to hold off on the steroid shots because I get those in my knees already. I felt like one more place would be overdosing. I wear gloves a lot in the winter as Chotti suggested.

Please write back and let me know how you do.

Chotti
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   Posted 12/6/2017 10:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi PeteZa

Clever user name. Hehe!

I have looked into stem cell treatments. PCP. Our own blood is used and separated using centrifuge until stem cells are separated. Then injected into the joint. It may take several injections to complete the process for improvement to the joint.

Have you looked into PCP?
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