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New to Osteoarthritis too and have questions

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,731
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:21 AM in Arthritis, Osteoarthritis
I'm new to this forum and have some questions.

First, a little brief history, I've recently had ACDF, two levels on my neck 7 weeks ago.

About three weeks ago, my thumbs started doing what I've found on the internet, I think, called "trigger thumb." Is that the start of OA? My right thumb is the worst, I'm sure because I'm right handed, but the pain is awful. I've now been just avoiding using my thumb in ways that'll trigger my thumb to sort of pop out of joint, then pop right back in. It feels like it's on fire every time it does it. And of course it's doing the routine things, opening a doorknob, unbuckling a seat belt, putting my hair in a ponytail. Man, I feel like I'm falling apart suddenly!

Can my new problem with my thumbs be in any way related to my cervical problems that just were worked on? I have my eight-week follow-up next Tuesday with my NS and plan on talking to him about it but I really need some relief. Ibuprofen doesn't seem to do much at all and of course the Flexeril I'm still taking for my neck don't affect the new pain.

Any suggestions/advice would help, as I don't have a clue what's really going on.

Thank you in advance.

Monique :*
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  • I'm sorry to hear you are having so much hand pain. I can relate to your pain, although yours sounds slightly different from what I get. My fingers swell and my knuckle joints are enlarged (permently.) I guess you could be getting OA in just your thumb. I am not familiar with "trigger thumb." Is it an inflamation or tendonitis type thing? Have you tried any other anti-inflamatories besides ibuprofen? Or are you limited with meds because of your fusion surgery?

    There are 2 other posts about hand pain/hand OA on this forum where i talked about all the self-help stuff I do for my hands. I get pretty chatty and my posts tend to get too long, so I won't repeat it all. But you can check those out. You sound like you would get some relief from the thumb brace (stabilizer.) It keeps your thumb from bending and also supports the wrist. And Pt would probably help a lot.

    I hope you get some relief from this, I know it can be miserable. Also you sure don't need anything else to recover from on top of neck surgery. So good luck to you. Also keep me posted as to what your dr says,and how you make out. OK?

    Hugs, Marti
  • Marti, thanks for the reply. I had seen those types of braces and wondered if that would help. In my line of work, I'm on a computer keyboard quite a bit, so I know that doesn't help either. I'm learning though what things actually do trigger the pain and am learning to not do those things. It's so helpful to read about others' experiences on here.

    I'll let you know what happens. I'll see my doc on Tuesday and hopefully get some good advice from him.

    Monique
  • Sorry to hear your having pain in your thumbs,please let us know what the surgeon said..take care
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