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Thread: Hand and finger pain

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    I broke my left wrist last May & developed reflex systemic dystonia in my left hand. I also had an ulna nerve injury & still have less feeling in the left pinkie & a burning sensation between the 4th & 5th fingers. Occupational therapy helped & now I do dishes by hand to keep my hand in the warm water & I 'exercise' the fingers as I do the dishes. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Murphy
    I would seek an earlier appointment. Tell them you will take the first cancellation; this sounds like it needs looking after.
    I agree with earliest investigation + also check out a simple non-toxic joint cream made by Native peoples of the SW 0 www.medicineofthepeople.net
    I use their 'Sore Joint Cream' - made with palm kernel oil and shea butter - it has had quite a surprisingly good effect on several painful joints, especially a knee - along with a lot of physiotherapy including life sentence home program.

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    Could be pinched nerves, stress fractures, mis-alignment, many things. Try to keep it im-mobile and see the Dr asap. Ask for any cancelations.

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    It could just be arthritis that is setting in after trauma. Don't think the worst until you get it checked again.

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    it sounds like the beginnings of osteo or RA. I would suggest like others have some sort of OTC NSAIDS to help with the inflammation that you are having and the pain also. I would also suggest that as soon as you wake up to do some gentle movements to get your muscles and tendons moving. I would also suggest that you may want to soak your hand in some warm water or maybe get the warm wax therapy that you can get in WalMart. My mom has one it sure does make your hands and even feet feel wonderful. You would leave the wax on until it starts to cool. You would be able to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea with your newspaper or Bible in the early morning. Hope these suggestions will help you out until you are able to get in to see your doctor. Hugs and prayers sent your way. Jennifer

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    it could be fibromyalgia which can feel like broken bones or severe arthritis

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    I agree, don't wait as you might be doing permanent damage to nerves! Get in ASAP.
    Quote Originally Posted by Murphy
    I would seek an earlier appointment. Tell them you will take the first cancellation; this sounds like it needs looking after.

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    Gee Whiz, I would push to be seen sooner. Tell them you are in much pain and just have to get something done NOW. Is there another Dr. you could try?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pollyv9
    I have pain in my hands and arms from a pinched nerve in my neck at C4. If you landed on your hand to protect yourself from the fall you should have this checked out. Oh, that is how I got the pinched nerve, slipped on spilled floor wax, tried to break my fall by catching myself.
    I do too! Didn't slip on floor wax, but was playing paintball, dropped and rolled just wrong and now have persistent pinching in my neck that makes my arm hurt and my hand go numb without warning - justlikethat. My dr is also a licensed chiropracter (God love'im!) so I get worked on about once a month, and was prescribed a neck and shoulders massage once a month. It helps tremendously. Mass doses of ibuprofen in between as needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Murphy
    I would seek an earlier appointment. Tell them you will take the first cancellation; this sounds like it needs looking after.
    I agree, let the doctors office know that it is getting worse and that you would like to be put on their cancellation list. Sounds like that needs to be looked at soon before it progresses beyond simple treatment. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ontheriver
    Was wondering if anyone has ever had this problem: last year I fell and hit my right hand. Thought I broke my little finger, but xray said no. Months later my finger still hurt and now is getting all bent. The last couple of months the two fingers next to the little one has been hurting. It pains me to just open and close my hand, aches all the time. I can not pick up anything with any weight because of the pain, sometimes not even my drink. I am right handed so this is slowing down my sewing. Anyone have any ideas? I do have appt. with rheum. doc, but not till July.
    Have you thought about a chiropractor? If the x-ray said no broken bone, that would be my next stop. & I'll bet you can get in faster. I can't tell you how much help I get for all sorts of odd things not to mention carpel tunnel.
    Jennie

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    I'm having this problem right now with my middle finger. I went to the Dr who sent me to occupational therapy. They determined it is a pinched nerve causing the trouble. They also put an anti-inflammatory patch on it that has a little battery pack attached to it (like a big band aid with a watch battery. It helps take the pain away until it all heals.

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    I have RA among many other autoimmune diseases so understand the pain, etc. While waiting for doc appt, use some capzaican, not sure of the spelling but it will be next to sports creme, etc at the drug store. It really helps a lot because its' base is cayenne pepper. This pepper gets into the joints and helps to rid your spot of the pain and helps with the swelling. I have used it for years and believe me, it works. Don't rub a lot or you won't be a happy camper, pepper ya know, lol. Hope all this makes sense to you, spelling brain cells have gone on vacation today, lol. Also, 20 minutes warm, 20 minutes cold switching helps and then there are pain patches at the drug/grocery store that work wonders too. I have tried a lot of things and was lucky to find a few things that work. I even use a bag of frozen corn or peas for the cold compress. Works great. Hope some of this will make life easier for you till your appt.

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    praying for a positive outcome. Sounds so painful. I have torn rotator cuff and pec muscle with a jagged bone tearing the tissue so I understand the pain. Dr. has me using ice when swollen and heat for pain relief. I thought I should do it when I wanted to. After further discussions and research I learned ice & heat are really very helpful but need to be done 2 -3 times a day along with medication for the inflammation. I would expect a family dr. could help you get going on some of this while waiting to see the specialist. Family dr. might order x rays now to rule several possibilites then make xrays availabe to the specialist. Need to get working on this ASAP. Waiting can lead to further issues in some cases. Praying for pain relief, also.

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    I fell in Feb. didn't think I hurt myself, but my hand really started hurting and after a couple weeks had it x-rayed. It wasn't broken but they did call it osteo something. It's better now, just took Ibuprophen, 800 mg. 2 times a day when it hurt. Then I started an excercise with just my hand. Spread them your fingers as wide as you can, then start with the baby fingers and touch your thumb, then the ring finger, middle finger and pointer. All touching your thumbs then spreading them wide open again. I saw this on an excercise program, and this was a hand specialist who showed this, so I do it when ever I think about it. My hands have been good since. It's a matter of stretching and keeping them stretched out. I may even try hand quilting again. That's how good they feel now. Haven't hand quilted in a very long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sweeterthanwine
    Sounds like the beginnings of either Osteo or RA. I have it in both my hands and can't straighten out the fingers on my right hand. Hurts like the devil at times but I take Celebrex which Dr. put me on and it really helps. OTC meds did nothing for me. Hope you get better soon.
    I did hand quilt my last quilt (queen size) and my fingers bothered me somewhat. Just had to do it in stages and it took me a bit longer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Murphy
    I would seek an earlier appointment. Tell them you will take the first cancellation; this sounds like it needs looking after.
    i would seek an earlier appointment with a different doctor. this one doesn't seem concerned enough about your pain.

    also, x-rays are not always accurate. you may need another one. if your insurance company will pay for it, ask the doctor to order a new x-ray.

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    Your best bet is to go directly to an orthopedic surgeon who is a hand specialist. That is all they do, take care of hand problems and surgery is not always needed. You may have osteoarthritis or nerve issues due to your injury. Also, you may not need a primary care physician referral if you are on Medicare. One perk of Medicare is that you can pick your own specialist without having to get a referral from your primary.

    I have had hand problems too and my orthopedic surgeon was recommended to me by an occupational therapist when I was undergoing hand therapy. Best recommendation I ever got.

    Good luck and let all of us know how it works out for you.

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    This is my first post ever. I usually just lurk and take in all of your wisdom, but I have something that I never heard of before. Maybe it will help.

    I have been struggling with osteoarthritis for years. My chiropractor had me mix a concoction of different size and texture - salt, flour, popcorn, lentils - whatever, in a bowl and play with it. It is a bit messy, but it did help get some feeling back in my fingers.

    My quilting is still a mess. Everything that seems to come easily to most of you is so hard for me. But I still love it.

    Good Luck

    Joan in Cincinnati

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    I have a similar problem as yours.Mine though is due to over-use from my job (I work in a shoe manufacturing job).I had a specailist tell me that the tendon sheath that runs to the finger has calcium build up in it. I ahd ultra sound treatments at P.T.and it helped alot. Need to do this again because this was a few years ago,but I would look into it
    Quote Originally Posted by ontheriver
    Was wondering if anyone has ever had this problem: last year I fell and hit my right hand. Thought I broke my little finger, but xray said no. Months later my finger still hurt and now is getting all bent. The last couple of months the two fingers next to the little one has been hurting. It pains me to just open and close my hand, aches all the time. I can not pick up anything with any weight because of the pain, sometimes not even my drink. I am right handed so this is slowing down my sewing. Anyone have any ideas? I do have appt. with rheum. doc, but not till July.
    ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan
    go to your Doctor and have it checked. he may send you to a specialist if necessary. don't wait.


    I Agree . Dont wait any longer than you have to.In the meantime you could try some Thera-Gesic Cream (otc)
    It helps with my knees when they act up. Best of luck.

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    I Agree with Murphy!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ontheriver
    Was wondering if anyone has ever had this problem: last year I fell and hit my right hand. Thought I broke my little finger, but X-ray said no. Months later my finger still hurt and now is getting all bent. The last couple of months the two fingers next to the little one has been hurting. It pains me to just open and close my hand, aches all the time. I can not pick up anything with any weight because of the pain, sometimes not even my drink. I am right handed so this is slowing down my sewing. Anyone have any ideas? I do have appt. with rheum. doc, but not till July.
    It seems to me that even if you didn't break your finger the bruising of it has now caused arthritis in that and the surrounding fingers. I broke mine and I now have that problem in my 3 fingers next to the broken one. I hope it is not that because they do get very painful at times.

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    I have RA, have had it for 11 years now. Everyone waits a long time to get into a rheumy doc, your wait time is average. I would have started with my primary first though. He can start with some blood tests, there is one for RA but half the people with RA have a negative result. A rheumy will have to diagnosis you. Hold off on any chiro apt as you cannot go to them if you have RA (I don't actually remember the specific reason, just that you shouldn't). If you indeed have RA, don't get too upset, I've been on my med cocktail for 11 years now and am in great shape. If you didn't know me, you would never know I have RA.

    Good Luck.

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    I agree with all the previous threads. Do not wait. The longer you wait the worse it might get. I was an occupational health nurse (plant nurse). We had people with hand problems, falls, etc.
    Cathyvv said it best. You might not have broken anything, but there are ligaments and tendons on that side of the hand. You could have torn something. An orthopedic hand specialist can be of help to you and then check in with your RA doctor. You need to be proactive in your own health.
    Warm soaks with epson salts in the AM will get the hand moving. Gentle exercise while soaking will help.
    Call the RA doctor back and tell them it really is painful now worse than before. If they can not see you in the next few days, please refer you to someone who can help you in the mean time.
    As a consumer, you need to be proactive on your behalf. PT will help, and splinting is important. Let us all know what happens.
    Love and Prayers.

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