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Thread: Too Much Quilting Caused Trigger finger

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    Super Member butterflies5518's Avatar
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    I had trigger finger surgery in February this year - the relief is wonderful. Cortisone shots do not work as well for diabetics so after the 2nd one with no relief (first shot lasted 6 months second shot lasted 6 hours) surgery was my only option. I have a small scar on my palm. The surgery was done as an outpatient, local anthestics and I was home for 3 days (no getting it wet). It still does get achy while handstitching binding but other than that would do it again. Best wishes for a speedy recovery for yours.
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    I got that from gardening - gripping the hoe, rake, and especially weeding in the beds and in the brick paths between the veggie beds. Had to wear a little finger cast on middle finger. "Fickle Finger of Fate?" I just learned to switch hands and grip differently.
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    I have osteoarthritis throughout my body. Fingers, wrist, knees, elbows (one elbow won't straighten beyong 45 degrees, back.... Well you get the picture. Not complaining, just stating a fact. Mine won't get better by rest so I just keep up with much activity as I can stand. However, I usually pay for it the next day.

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    Be sure to apply ice for pain. I had trigger finger in my right hand finger, went through the injections, had improvement but later it reoccurred. Since I'd already had the max number of injections my only choice was surgery.
    Same thing happened on the left hand years later. Rest your hands and use ice for inflammation. Good luck.

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    I had a trigger finger and years later I had a trigger thumb. When it happened the first time, I happened to mention it to my chiropractor {someone else mentioned this remedy} who told me to just keep uncramping/unbending it with the other hand over and over. It went away in short order. The second time with the thumb it also worked. Look Ma, no doctors, no surgery, no medications or salves.
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    I knit and crochet and recently completely a Beth Ferrier pattern applique quilt that I appliqued by hand (lots and lots of applique). In the middle of the applique, I actually had trigger finger in my pinkie. Cortisone helped a lot, finishing the applique helped even more

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    I have arthritis in my hands. I can't do all my rotary cutting for a quilt at one time or do handwork for very long. I have several quilts that need binding. I am hoping that when the weather warms up and the rain stops that I can get them done.

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    I were braces at night while I am sleeping. Seems to help me

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    I had "trigger finger" on the middle two fingers of my left hand. Nothing seemed to help. When my fingers started to bend into my palm and I had to use the other hand to pry them open, my doctor sent me to an ortho. surgeon who was a hand specialist. I had outpatient surgery to release the tendons. I have a one inch scar in the palm of my hand and the hand has worked perfectly ever since the surgery, that was eight years ago. My advice at this point is that if it does not improve with standard treatment, consider the possibility of surgery. After surgery, it slowed me down for about a week.
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    I too have osteoarthritis throughout my body and use a glucosamine supplement for some relief, but it didn't help with my trigger finger and eventually had to have surgery. Good luck!

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    For those that had surgery , how long were you on restrictions. I need to have surgery on my left thumb.The doctor told me I'd have to be off work a week. But when the scheduler was setting up my appointments, she wanted to make my first post op appointment 1 1/2 weeks after. So now i am worried about asking for too much time off work.

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