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Old 08-28-2007, 12:46 PM   #1
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Swollen painful thumb

I'm new to the board and I'm trying to find someone who has experienced a very swollen and extremely painful thumb with their cts. My Dr's nurse told me it wasn't really normal for the thumb to be affected this bad, but could be expected. My thumb is severely swollen and red and there is a spot on the joint that is so painful, I can't stand to touch it. Anyone had this particular problem with their cts?

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Old 09-02-2007, 11:51 AM   #2
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Re: Swollen painful thumb

If it's swollen on a joint that sounds like arthritis. CTS is a form of arthritis. I didn't know that until I signed up on the main arthritis organization here in the US. You should read up on arthritis as much as possible online and see if the symptoms fit your problem. Good luck.
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Old 09-04-2007, 12:33 PM   #3
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Re: Swollen painful thumb

It could also be tenosynovitis of the thumb. There are actually "tunnels" leading to each finger and the thumb, and it's possible that the tunnel leading to your thumb is affected.

I had the same problem with my thumb. It's similar to a trigger finger. After 3-4 cortisone shots over a period of a few years, it just wasn't going away any more, so when I had my carpal tunnel surgery, the doctor made a second incision at the base of my thumb and released that tunnel as well.

Ruth

 
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