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?

@sueinmn

@fourof5zs Oh, I hope they can get to your thumb soon. I was able to finally schedule my CMC surgery for mid-June This surgery center asks you to isolate for 2 weeks, does a Covid-19 test 3 days before surgery, then you stay isolated until the procedure. Not that we're going anywhere anyway, being in several risk categories.
So I walk, stay busyin garden and sewing room, visit neighbors across the yard, and occasionally the kids and grands from the driveway…and try to stay positive.
Sue

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@sueinmn
Me too. I am so tired of the pain. Writing.. even on the dry erase board.. which doesn't take much pressure.. is very painful. I think the CMC surgery part is healing okay and hopefully my other thumb will be okay. I do feel some pain at the base of it and more so since I have had to use it more.

I took the covid test a couple of weeks ago and we are okay right now. They told me I have to take the test again a few days before surgery. We are still having new cases here and deaths. Our county is a hotspot.. but is cooling some. 134 deaths since this started.. I don't remember how many positive test in all. 50 new cases, I think about 50 in hospital and 4 deaths this week. So surgery will depend on what the virus does. They have opened the hospital for elective surgery now, but this surgery will be done at the ortho group's surgery center.

ZeeGee

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@bill54321

Good luck, follow the surgeons instructions. Simple gentle massage and pulling traction helps at the proper time

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@bill54321

I have been doing gentle massaging and pulling, but the relief does not last long. I had success with two of my trigger fingers on my left hand. They hardly ever trigger now. The massaging helps in the surgical site itself.. keeps the tendon stretched. Thank you, I need all the luck I can get 😀

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I had the surgery for a trigger thumb and it was so easy and effective! As for the pain in my arthritic hands (RA), I am taking 3 mg of boron 3-4 times a day and I can make a fist for the first time in ages – probably 12 or 15 years since I could do that. I'm back to crocheting and I'm thinking of getting a piano again! I started taking the boron for osteoporosis – but then discovered it eliminates all the arthritis pain in my body – and I am full of both RA and OA as well as fibromyalgia – all of that pain is gone as long as I keep taking it! The upper limit is 20 mg/day; I figure I'm getting maybe 12-15 mg. Good luck to everybody – we need to be able to use our hands.

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@parrotqueen

I had the surgery for a trigger thumb and it was so easy and effective! As for the pain in my arthritic hands (RA), I am taking 3 mg of boron 3-4 times a day and I can make a fist for the first time in ages – probably 12 or 15 years since I could do that. I'm back to crocheting and I'm thinking of getting a piano again! I started taking the boron for osteoporosis – but then discovered it eliminates all the arthritis pain in my body – and I am full of both RA and OA as well as fibromyalgia – all of that pain is gone as long as I keep taking it! The upper limit is 20 mg/day; I figure I'm getting maybe 12-15 mg. Good luck to everybody – we need to be able to use our hands.

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@parrotqueen That is good to hear glad it is working for you . I have O.A. all through me and fibro . along with 2 fractures and I think I,ll look into the Boron . I take one now but will look into increasing it . See if it will help

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Lioness – it would be hard for me to find one part of my body that doesn't have either RA or OA. Since I started taking more boron, I don't have ANY pain from the arthritis. I added that one extra 3 mg capsule right before bed and now I don't wake up with stiff hands, etc. What a blessing it is! Who knew it was so easy to control that pain? This gives me hope for finding relief from other medical problems. I can remember my very competent doctor just shaking his head "no:" saying there was no way to get rid of the pain without surgery. He's a great doctor – but I am thrilled to know he was wrong this one time. I have hope!

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@parrotqueen

Lioness – it would be hard for me to find one part of my body that doesn't have either RA or OA. Since I started taking more boron, I don't have ANY pain from the arthritis. I added that one extra 3 mg capsule right before bed and now I don't wake up with stiff hands, etc. What a blessing it is! Who knew it was so easy to control that pain? This gives me hope for finding relief from other medical problems. I can remember my very competent doctor just shaking his head "no:" saying there was no way to get rid of the pain without surgery. He's a great doctor – but I am thrilled to know he was wrong this one time. I have hope!

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@parrotqueen So happy for you I will have to research it . MY other problem is behind my neck and shoulder area from fibromyalgia it is like a strain and hurts . Havent found anything to help but Topricin cream but doesnt last long

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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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Voltaren is now sold over the counter. I do not know how much it is.

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@dduke

Voltaren is now sold over the counter. I do not know how much it is.

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@cdbell I did see it was sold over the counter I checked it out it was about 12.00 so bought one and it such a relief . Thanks cd

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Update again…

I had trigger thumb surgery Friday week ago (05 June). It was suppose to be the Friday before that, but it was canceled because of too much humidity in OR.. something to do with ac. I had to take the covid-19 test the week before and thankfully they could reschedule the surgery so I did not have to take the test again.

I am just sore. I get stitches out next Wed.. I think there are just two, but maybe three.. I need new eyeglasses. When I use my hand much it feels like when I have fallen before and landed on my hand and strained the tendon (which I haven't done in the last 15 years or so 😃). I hope soon I will be able to crochet again.. .. and hold my camera. My sanity is about gone without the two hobbies I love.

Next up.. trip to Mayo for my esophagus problems . .. then there is the eyeglasses, the dentist, maybe hearing aids… always something 😉

ZeeGee

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I have a right thumb problem. I suppose its from hitting the space bar for years. What kind of injection were you getting?

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@susan30

I have a right thumb problem. I suppose its from hitting the space bar for years. What kind of injection were you getting?

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I went to a hand surgeon and he fixed my thumb in a procedure that took maybe ten minutes! It was really bad. I had tried physical therapy and injections of cortisone – everything I could think of and he could think of. I was amazed at how quickly it healed. I urge you to see a hand surgeon. The other reason my thumbs were killing me was because of arthritis. I discovered that taking 3 mg of boron, three or four times a day, completely got rid of this pain. For 15 years my hands were almost useless to me because of arthritis. I started taking boron for osteoporosis and lo and behold! My arthritis is GONE. But if I miss even one dose, it comes back. The upper limit for boron is 20 mg a day. I take 3 mg capsules at breakfast, lunch and dinner and before bed. I'm like a new woman! I can even play piano and crochet again. I have been to countless doctors and not one of them has said a word about boron. There is no money to be made for a doctor by telling us to take boron, stop eating sugar, etc. But if you look hard, you will find information about boron on You Tube or in natural remedy groups. Some people mix one-eighth of a tsp. of Borax (20 Mule Team!) in 1 liter of water. I would rather just take a capsule and not taste it. I am only taking 12 mg of boron a day – so I am well below the upper limit. The reason I stopped getting the shots of cortisone from the rheumatologist is that steroids eat up the bone. You are only supposed to get a maximum of two shots of steroids into any joint in your lifetime. My rheumatologist had me coming in every ten weeks. Also, little known fact: Those shots of steroids can. backfire and cause more pain – through the roof type pain (I was growling!!! It lasted for a week!). My pain was so bad, my parrots slept on the pillow beside me for a few days. I will never get another shot of cortisone after that one backfired on me. Also, steroids can wreak havoc on your gut. They wipe out all the good flora in your gut – which can lead to candida overgrowth (which I got). I have had to be on a no-sugar diet for over the past five years due to candida overgrowth. (Antibiotics and steroids are the main drugs that cause candida overgrowth, but hormones and stress can also cause it.). Every drug has a side effect. Boron is a naturally-occurring element that is found in California and Turkey, perhaps somewhere else I do not know about. It does not build up in the body – which is something someone who doesn't know the facts might tell you. But like I said, the upper limit is 20 mg per day. (There are people who claim it will cure osteoporosis and they are taking massive doses of 150 mg per day, but I am not willing to do that.). I hope this will help somebody. Every body is different – so listen to your body. I wish you all good luck.

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@lioness

@cdbell I did see it was sold over the counter I checked it out it was about 12.00 so bought one and it such a relief . Thanks cd

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Lioness: I'm surprised you are still having problems with your hands. Did you stop taking boron? I have about four tubes of voltaren (diclofenac sodium is the prescription name) that I am not using! If I feel any discomfort, I just take another boron capsule. I hope you are feeling good otherwise.

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