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Fingers Get Stuck?

J.J.GreyJJ.J.Grey Posts: 2,961
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:24 AM in Arthritis, Osteoarthritis
Has anyone ever had their fingers get stuck in the bent position to where you have to use your other hand to straighten them out? This started about two weeks ago and was very painful. Now, the pain is gone but the fingers are still getting stuck. I am wondering if it may be arthritis starting in my hands. Any input appreciated.


  • When my Dr put me on Skelaxin my hands and fingers curled up like a ball and like heck I also had pain in my knees and feet then it started to go down my arms and legs and I stopped the medication. The pain went away within 24 hours and in 48 hours I was back to normal.
  • if it could possibly be wellbutrin doing this to me? That is the only new med and I started it about 3 weeks ago. I am also having horrible pain in my feet, calves of my legs and hamstring. I feel like I just ran a marathon and reality is that I can hardly move with all of this pain. Thank you so much for that info. BTW-What is skelaxin? is it a nerve med?
  • I don't know if I had the same problem as you but my ortho doc told me mine was called trigger finger. Its kind of like carpal tunnel because the sheath where the finger meets the palm of the hand is inflamed and the tendon cannot slide thru easily. I have to make sure when I go to bed that I do not make a fist when I put my hand up under my head or I wake up with the problem.

    Google trigger finger and see if your symptoms match. My doc told me to keep my fingers straight as much as possible because a cortizone injection for the inflamation is very painful.

    Hope this helps.

  • I will check that out.
  • I think that is what it is! I think you hit the nail on the head. Thanks so much!
  • 5 fingers? I am sure this is what is going on with me. I fit the symptoms exactly. I have a habit of typing really hard and holding a pencil or pen too tight. I actually wear the letters off the keyboard. I actually thought that it was carpal tunnel at first as my sister has had surgery on both hands for it. I am trying to keep my hands straight while sleeping and lighten up on the keyboard and it seems to help somewhat.
  • I have the same symptoms in my right hand. I also have it happen in my foot.
    The pain lingers the next day as soreness. It is a weird feeling, but glad to know I am not alone.
  • :) painintheback, i have this in two fingers on my left hand. i have to take them and straighten them out myself. it does hurt. sorry you have this too. now i know what it could be. what a small world really! Jenny :)
  • I have an appointment with a hand specialist in the morning. I will let everyone know how I make out but I looked up the symptoms of trigger finger and it fits me to a tee. I just hope that I do not need to have surgery. I asked my GP about a hand brace and he said that they don't work. I will post back after appt.
  • My ortho doc says that she never advocates self diagnosing via the internet but I was correct! She said that there are 4 stages and I have stage 3. She gave me the cortisone injection and it really was not bad at all. My hand is very sore now but the injection was not bad. I am supposed to wait 1 month. If it is not better than I can try 1 more injection. If that does not work than it will be surgery. I am determined that it will work. I also have to go to a neurologist to get a NCV and EMG which my ortho told me was very uncomfortable but she is concerned that I may have a compressed nerve in my neck. So, for anyone that has this you may really want to see a hand specialist. It will worsen with time and it is easier to manage with injections before it becomes advanced.
  • painintheback

    So itis trigger finger eh? hehhe, what a name, first time my Ma told me, I thought she playing a joke on me. Ya, I don't self DX on internet, but good source to research and get info, ideas, etc, but doc is the one to say . Glad you know what it is, and are working to get the issues resoved, take care
  • I am actually experiencing some relief already. It is wonderful because it has been severe pain since September.
  • :) well, it is always good to get an accurate diagnosis and one you diagnosed on your own! =D> who said we need doctors? =)) truly hope the injections work and you will not need surgery. take care of your fingers! Jenny :)
  • I am still doing pretty well from the first injection. Maybe I will be lucky and not even need the second.
  • Hi , my fingers get stuck but it is only when i drink milk happens every time they put antibiotics in the cows when they get mastitis and it is causing havoc on our bodies
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    ....was helpful to you.

    I just wanted to throw out there...what you described happened to dear friend of mine. Even though she also had spinal issues....the fingers painful like contracting...due to low potassium.
    She had Iv and script for potassium and fine since.
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  • PlumbTuckeredOutPlumbTuckeredOut Philadelphia, PAPosts: 325
    edited 05/10/2015 - 7:37 PM
    I have Celiac Disease- yeah the one where you can't have any gluten at all, even when it's chocolate cake! Before I was diagnosed with Celiac my gut couldn't absorb many nutrients with potassium being one of them. Low potassium not only causes severe muscle spasms but it is also very important for your heart- a big muscle! If you find that taking potassium (eating bananas or baked potatoes) is helpful make sure to have your heart checked too. Don't just take potassium supplements without talking to a doctor, too much potassium can cause the heart to stop. There's a fine balance in all things!

    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by...... (Robert Frost)
    I still don't know if I should have taken the one that said, "Caution! Dead End" (Me)
  • caroline2caroline2 Posts: 92
    edited 08/17/2015 - 3:05 PM
    I think it was only one, and with updosing of magnesium and potassium, this has not happened in maybe a year.


    Before you try any supplement, herb, over the counter item, exercise program, mechanical aid, brace, etc always consult with your doctor to make sure you get their approval.
    Some of these products may be very effective, but no two individuals or medical conditions are alike. What works for one, may cause trouble for another..

    Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator

    Bodywide OA, Fibro and complications from Hip Replacement.
  • I have had that and I have had the strangest way to fix it. Now this not recommended by a doctor or even proven. It's just funny. I was feeding the geese, as usual, and one day one of the geese accidently bit my finger. I could move my fingers again. lasted about a year, started again, had the goose bite me again, was able to move my finger. Do this about every year now, I guess that is their way of thanking me. I almost wish that they would do a research study on this but I don't want people killing them for their saliva.
  • That is odd, Mother Goose. I have had three trigger finger surgeries on different fingers. Am getting ready to have one on my thumb. Once they start triggering, it seems to be a continuous problem.
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