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December 2010
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Mama Deb [userpic]
trigger finger

I finally did some successful googling and came up with what I think is the problem with my thumb (still seeing the orthopedist about it.) It's called trigger finger,and the symptoms described - the joint "catches" and then "pops" like pulling a trigger - is exactly right. And I do have pain at the base of the thumb.

My age and condition (40+, diabetic) plus my hobby (knitting) are all risk factors. They don't list knitting per se, but any activity where you grip somethng tightly for a long period (like, say, a kniting needle) will cause/aggravate it.

It's treatable with rest, ice and nsaids, but there is also surgery - surgery that actually *works* and isn't long-term disabling.

Meanwhile, my best bet is to not "trigger" it - no knitting, of course, but also, I've been, you know. Testing it. Bending the thumb to see if it catches. Which hurts and is weird, but it's a human thing to do. Except not a good idea.

I'm also wondering about changing our trackball to a regular mouse.

Stopped wondering and did it - the new computer came with a mouse, so I just installed it.

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Been there, have the teeshirt and the one cm almost-invisible scar on my right hand. Surgery was really minor and worked perfectly with quick recovery. Treatment, including cortisone shots, did not work. I think in my case I may have set it off by spinning...
Good luck, and feel free to be in touch and ask questions if you want.

I was wondering about that. Because before it started to really hurt, I was trying to spin (I'm still very bad at it.)

And thank you for the reassurance.

Do you know how hard it is to cook dinner this way? :)