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Old 02-18-2004, 12:17 PM
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Question Arthritis?

I have been having pain, the past couple of days, just below my thumb. From the base of the thumb to the wrist. It was absolutely excruciating today when I used that hand to lift wet clothing out of the washer to put it in the dryer. It hurts to type, too. I had similar pain (with some numbness) a couple of years ago but it passed after about a month. I hunted around on the web and it looks more like arthritis than anything else?

Anyone else experience this?
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Old 02-18-2004, 02:55 PM
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Barb,

I have arthritic pain in my right thumb most of the time.. I just know I need to lift heavy things with two hands. LOL!

As far as I know, arthritis pain in the thumb joint is usually localized to the joint. It only refers up to the wrist when the arthritis gets bad enough to pinch the nerve.

The fact that the pain travels, indicates that there could be a nerve involved. Or it could be that you have a sprain, and the pain you have is not refered nerve pain .. but an actual tendonitis.

If it gets bad, I'd have a doc look at it. There are great therapies for arthritis that make it livable..and if it is an injury to the joint, you should rest it... and re-hab it. It may sound funny, but hand injuries are hard to heal, because we're always using them!

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Old 02-18-2004, 03:14 PM
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The pain doesn't travel....the whole area hurts. Anytime I use the thumb or more the thumb, it hurts. Moving the thumb toward the palm of my hand hurts a LOT.

I have a wrist brace from when I had carpal tunnel during my last 2 pregnancies. Maybe I'll dig it out. Hard to change diapers while wearing one of those, let me tell you!
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Old 02-19-2004, 10:40 AM
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Poor Barb!

That sounds awful..

Have you tried Aleve? ( Naprosyn) Or Motrin? Although you can't combine these drugs because they are both NSAID's, you could always take Tylenol in between doses if you needed to. Then there's always the opiods if the pain is really awful.
Some days you gotta do what you gotta do, just so you can DO something!


Unfortunately there is no cure for arthritis.. But once the pain is under control, exercise is great. Using a squeezy-ball to exercise the thumb joint is a good idea. You can soak your hand in hot water to loosten it up. ( I do this every morning anyway...) and then exercise it.. Then ice it after exercise if you feel you need to...


Check with the doc before starting any treatment..you need to know what is wrong. So make an apointment with a rheumatologist.

For arthritis.. these are good things... If it's something else.. then these are not good things LOL!

I hope you feel better soon... This is no fun feeling that way with a toddler to handle!

Let me know how it goes..

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Old 02-23-2004, 03:38 AM
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I can't handle Aleve. Tried it once for menstrual cramps and I felt so weird, I told DH I didn't feel safe to drive!

DH sent me to Staples to buy a wrist rest with a gel pad in it for my mouse, and a chair with adjustable height. He said I was sitting at the wrong height.

It was starting to feel better, then I carried my guitar yesterday from the church parking lot into church. I knew it was bad when after church I asked DH to carry the guitar. Usually NO ONE touches it but me. I don't think my wrist appreciated the extra weight (it's a quite heavy instrument).
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Old 02-23-2004, 03:58 AM
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Hello,
Sorry to hear that you are in pain.
Age does wondrous things to a persons body.
I have aches and pains off and on.
Dont know what to suggest. But I did want to mention that a friend of mine who suffers from arthritis and sore bones
Sprays WD-40 on her aches and her joints.
Her relative used to work on the railroad and took up the
practice when other men were using it. She swears by the stuff.
Found it highly unusual for I usually used it on squeaks and stiff doors in the house.
Now I dont know if I would suggest that to anybody out there.
I dont know if it would be good for you or not. But just thought you might find it interesting.

Just sharing....
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Old 02-23-2004, 04:00 AM
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Ohh I envy our being able to play guitar.. I had to give it up because of my wrists... too painful.. I miss it so much... Not that I was very good... But I am a good singer, and now can't accompany myself anymore LOL!


Only a doc can really tell you what's going on, Barb... And if it's something fixable..rather than incurable, and progresive..wouldn't you want to know that as soon as possible?

Please go get it diagnosed.. I'd hate to see you loosing function... especially for no good reason...

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Old 02-23-2004, 04:30 AM
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Yes, I do need to call the doctor....it's a matter of pinning down a time when I can go. I'm also a year overdue for my "yearly" at the GYN but at this point if I call today for an appt I won't get one before June!! I will be watching my neighbor's little girl tomorrow so I'll ask her today or tomorrow if she can watch Luke while I see my internist.
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Old 02-23-2004, 04:45 AM
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Ahh yes the "Dreaded Yearly" Here's something to give you a chuckle.. you may have seen it before.. but it never fails to make me smile every time I make an apointment with the GYN:

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OB-GYN - Most Embarrassing Moment

This is a laugh for all those women out there (and the men who love
them) who so look forward to that wonderful time once a year when they
get to be "intimate" with their OB/GYN doctor! In Sydney, Australia,
one of the radio stations pays $1000 - $5000 for people to tell their
most embarrassing stories. This one netted the winner $5000...
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


I was due later in the week for an appointment with the gynecologist.
Early one morning I received a call from the doctor's office to tell me
that I had been rescheduled for early that morning at 9:30 a.m. I had
only just packed everyone off to work and school, and it was already
around 8:45 a.m. The trip to his office took about 35 minutes, so I
didn't have any time to spare.

As most women do, I like to take a little extra effort over hygiene when
making such visits, but this time I wasn't going to be able to make the
full effort. So I rushed upstairs, threw off my dressing gown, wet the
washcloth that was sitting next to the sink, and gave myself a quick
wash in "that area" to make sure I was at least presentable. I threw
the washcloth in the clothes basket, donned some clothes, hopped in the
car and raced to my appointment.

I was in the waiting room only a few minutes when I was called in.
Knowing the procedure, as I'm sure you do, I hopped up on the table,
looked over at the other side of the room and pretended that I was in
Paris or some other place a million miles away. I was a little surprised
when the doctor said, "My, we have made an extra effort this morning,
haven't we?" but I didn't respond. When the appointment was over, I
heaved a sigh of relief and went home.

The rest of the day was normal... some shopping, cleaning, cooking, etc.
After school when my six-year-old daughter was playing, she called out
from the bathroom, "Mum, where's my washcloth?" I told her to get
another one from the cupboard. She replied, "No, I need the one that was
here by the sink. It had all my glitter and sparkles in it."
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Now I KNOW It won't be THAT bad.. will it???


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