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Re: [IP] Trigger Finger/Thumb Question

In a message dated 2/9/01 8:27:17 AM Central Standard Time, 
email @ redacted writes:

> Date: Fri, 9 Feb 2001 08:29:33 -0500
> From: email @ redacted
> Subject: [IP] Trigger Finger/Thumb Question
> Hi Everyone.
> I know that there was a thread on trigger finger before, but I don't
> remember that these 2 questions were discussed.
> I have trigger thumb and it is quite painful to write - and almost
> impossible to open up the test strip bottle.
> Is there anything I could be doing (while I wait a few weeks to see the
> specialist) to lessen the discomfort?
> and Is there anything I could be doing to bring the swelling of the tendon
> down?  (any special creams?)
> Right now, my doc thinks that they are going to operate  - has anyone else
> had this done?

Hi Barbara--  I too had problems with the ring finger on my left hand.  I 
often would wake up with a feeling of tightness in that finger and limited 
mobility.  Eventually, that finger couldn't couldn't fully extend and I even 
had trouble wearing my wedding band.  I finally saw a hand specialist when my 
finger 'locked' partially extended.  He gave me a cortizone shot which, 
though painful, worked for about 18 months.  When my finger 'locked' again I 
had it injected a second time which was unsuccessful.  

I had surgery called 'Trigger Finger Release' 2 or 3 years ago and haven't 
had a problem since.  The hand doctor I saw said Trigger Finger was common 
among diabetics and not to be surprised if I should experience the same 
problems with the same finger or the remaining 9 in the future. 

I did notice that when I slept on my left side, my left hand would be 
slightly swollen than usual.  This would happen if the veins were partially 
blocked and extra fluid would seep into the surrounding tissues.  Sleeping on 
my back helps with this.  Also, when I go walking for exercise, I keep my 
hands elevated above the elbow level to prevent swelling.  I also found that 
moist heat (a damp washcloth wrapped in a heating pad)  to the palm of the 
effected hand would help too. 

I wish you well, Barbara and hope these tips help you and others.
MM pumper with Pearl since 11/28/00
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