Bone on bone thumbs

Posted by lioness @lioness, Sep 3, 2018

Is anyone suffering with thumbs Ive had this for awhile , Dr would inject the thumb but now my rheumatologist refused so am seeing a orthopedic Dr has anyone else had this problem?

I was about 55 years old when my thumb gave me lots of painful problems. It was so bad that I could no longer peal a potato. My basal joint was so worn that my thumb slid right off of the joint. I had a wonderful hand doctor. He took a tendon from my arm and split it in two lengthwise. He took one part of the split tendon and constructed a new basal joint and left the other part of the tendon in my arm for stability. I have never had any problems with this joint since. This was done thirty years ago.

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I just had my left thumb surgery done on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. I went with the CMC joint arthroplasty/tendon insertion. I’ve been dealing with pain, weakness, instability, unable to do do anything more than my job for More years than I can remember. I tried therapy, braces, anti-inflammatories- oral and topical , steroid injections, total
Rest except when working, my thumb was to the point where I couldn’t use it I had to choose disability or surgery. Currently I’m having a lot of swelling especially in my thumb and my forearm and I just wanted to hear from others when I might expect the swelling to go down

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@deannern

I just had my left thumb surgery done on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. I went with the CMC joint arthroplasty/tendon insertion. I’ve been dealing with pain, weakness, instability, unable to do do anything more than my job for More years than I can remember. I tried therapy, braces, anti-inflammatories- oral and topical , steroid injections, total
Rest except when working, my thumb was to the point where I couldn’t use it I had to choose disability or surgery. Currently I’m having a lot of swelling especially in my thumb and my forearm and I just wanted to hear from others when I might expect the swelling to go down

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@deannern Your braver then me Im still getting inj.in my thumb which last along time .one thing I can tell you about the swelling keep your hand higher then your heart this will drain the fluid down ,ice helps with swelling and inflammation which causes pain also . Let us know how your doing.Lioness

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I’ve recently been diagnosed with bone on bone arthritis in metacarpophalangeal joint of right thumb (I’ve had this for a while but put off officially seeing someone about it). Saw an Ortho Surgeon who suggested (1) a steroid injection under ultrasound (2) referral to a hand specialist for perhaps splint therapy (3) fusion surgery. Have had 1 steroid injection with only moderate result. Can anyone share their journey with having this type of surgery (using wire)? I’m 68 and working full time, so would be interested in recovery period, outcomes, whether you think the surgery was worth it etc.

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@rockynrob

I've been having injections in both thumbs approx. every 4 months for 5 years. Bone on bone from arthrisits. I am a legal assistant and play the piano. Last injection to rt. thumb was 2 months ago and a flare-up two days ago was the worst yet. Pain/swelling advanced into my wrist and I could not relieve the pain without total immobilization of my lower rt. arm. Ortho injected and relief was almost immediate. I see a surgeon in two days.
I need to work another 7 years. Will this surgery put an early end to that?

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I’d love an answer to that too. I need the surgery but having it, plus the time off work plus the rehab process may see me out of action for a longer period of time than I’m willing to take off at the moment.

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@hensy

I’ve recently been diagnosed with bone on bone arthritis in metacarpophalangeal joint of right thumb (I’ve had this for a while but put off officially seeing someone about it). Saw an Ortho Surgeon who suggested (1) a steroid injection under ultrasound (2) referral to a hand specialist for perhaps splint therapy (3) fusion surgery. Have had 1 steroid injection with only moderate result. Can anyone share their journey with having this type of surgery (using wire)? I’m 68 and working full time, so would be interested in recovery period, outcomes, whether you think the surgery was worth it etc.

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@hensy Since 2008 Ive gotten my thumbs injected Surgery is the last thing I will do I use a thumb splint at night also Dr perscribed Volteran cream Ice also is anti inflammatory

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@lioness

@hensy Since 2008 Ive gotten my thumbs injected Surgery is the last thing I will do I use a thumb splint at night also Dr perscribed Volteran cream Ice also is anti inflammatory

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I’m not sure the injection has really helped. It’s eased the pain slightly that’s all. My thumb appears a bit disfigured and I’m having probs opening jars, taking lids off things etc. – the gripping action is weaker than previously.

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@hensy

I’m not sure the injection has really helped. It’s eased the pain slightly that’s all. My thumb appears a bit disfigured and I’m having probs opening jars, taking lids off things etc. – the gripping action is weaker than previously.

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@hensy When my thumb looked disjointed and painful the other day I used Voltaran cream and wore my thumb brace all day it felt better by night As far as opening jars a friend gave me a jar opener its great google it Its a stand put jar in turn it on the machinery opens jar its great .

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Seems older posts have disappeared so I'll update my story. I had CMC surgery on right thumb in late October, 2018. I chose the Stablyx implant. I've had a previous implant in left hand in 2009 which has worked great. That implant is not made any longer. I am now able to use my right hand for almost everything! Still doing OT twice weekly. My hand surgeon did 2 dry surgeries before using me as his first patient. I'm glad I did it and I have great confidence in him. Thanks for taking the time to read this.

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Chronic osteo in both thumbs. C-MC fusion in 2003 (age 61), worked well, still does, about 4-6 weeks recovery. Arthroplasty on other thumb 2014, worked well, longer recovery, still fine now in 2019. Personal preference: C-MC fusion by competent orthopedist specializing in hands and wrists.

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I recently had surgery by a hand specialist on left thumb for bone on bone arthritic thumb. After fairly easy initial 6 weeks recovery and now no use of pain meds, I am about 80% recovered using my hand and thumb as normal. I still have some pain at surgical site and stiffness in my hand. Each day I seem to get a little better and am optimistic about full recovery. While in waiting room to see surgeon for follow up I ran into old friend how had same surgery a year prior who said her experience was great. No pain today and full use of hand.

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I have had bone-on-bone in both thumbs with multiple steroid shots for the past three years,but the shots no longer work. Reports on surgical outcomes are varied, even with patients who have found the “best” surgeons. Are their conditions that lead to a better result? A better surgeon? Better OTs? Younger patients? Still Wondering.

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@cdbell

I have had bone-on-bone in both thumbs with multiple steroid shots for the past three years,but the shots no longer work. Reports on surgical outcomes are varied, even with patients who have found the “best” surgeons. Are their conditions that lead to a better result? A better surgeon? Better OTs? Younger patients? Still Wondering.

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@cdbell For my thumbs I use a brace to stabilize my thumb at times ice and Dr gave me voltaren but its expensive for seniors to much for me .

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@lioness

@cdbell For my thumbs I use a brace to stabilize my thumb at times ice and Dr gave me voltaren but its expensive for seniors to much for me .

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The generic diclofenac isn't expensive

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@pjss48

The generic diclofenac isn't expensive

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@pjss48 thanks I,ll ask Dr for it

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