Common Cause of Thumb Joint Pain

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I have a lump at the base of both thumbs, larger on the right. Occasionally get a sharp shooting pain when performing work related tasks such as twisting wires with my lineman pliers. I blame the problem from operating a drill that would lock up on what I was drilling through. Could this be tendanitus as I have no other bone/joint issues other than my lower back. I'm 63 years old.
Maybe it's tendonitis. I can't see how the lump looks like, it might not be severe since you describe it as occasional pain. If it keeps bothering you, go to an Orthopedist for help.
Just below the left thumb pad on the surface of the skin about the size of a pencil eraser like someone is holding a match to my skin. This happens a few times a day for about ten seconds. There is no mark or burn on the skin. It looks normal. This has gone on for about a month. I have no idea what this is.
If the symptoms persist, it is recommended that you do an X-ray examination. It wouldn't be sth serious.
My pain in left thumb area, between index finger and thumb. The flesh on inside of hand has collapsed. The thumb makes a clicking sound and it painful. I feel it is over use from opening jars, bottles, bringing heavy bags of groceries from store to home.
How long have you been suffering from this symptom? Most likely, it is a tenosynovitis of the thumb. If it lasts for a long time, you can consider oral or local physiotherapy, or a plaster that sticks to relieve pain. If the drug treatment is not effective, it can be treated with topical drug injection.
How long have you been suffering from this symptom? Most likely, it is a tenosynovitis of the thumb. If it lasts for a long time, you can consider oral or local physiotherapy, or a plaster that sticks to relieve pain. If the drug treatment is not effective, it can be treated with topical drug injection.
Noticed the collapsed, fleshy tissue on inside of hand and pain began about a year ago. The clicking of the thumb about 6 mos. ago. I am 75, in good health, do not take ANY MEDs. Do not want to start on oral meds of any kind. Where does one purchase the plaster?  Should  x-rays be taken to determine how much damage has occurred over the years. Thank you so much for your comments!!!
Severe pain in left thumb all the way back to fatty part of hand . Severe pain tying my shoe laces on my shoes . No injury that I remember . What’s my next move?
How long has the pain lasted? If it is only once. It is recommended that you observe first and do not need special treatment. If the pain persists without relief, I suggest you go to the hospital.
I brusied the pad of my thumb over a week ago trying to put a pad on my floor steamer. My whole thumb turned black and blue and mostly still is. The pad is swollen and throbs when I hang my hand down. My thumb is cold and blue when I hold it up. Is there a concern about having a blood clot or just something I have to let heal?
Pain is alleviating or aggravating  as time goea by in this week ? I am not sure how bad is the situatuon. if it's getting worse, you should see a surgeon.If it's getting better, no need to worry.
none of these fit my situation. I have sharp in the thumb base area of my hand and a swelling in the wrist above the thumb.. there is no limitation to movement but much weakness in hand and much sharp pain when turned palm side up.
Sounds like Tendonitis, with mild swelling, tenderness, dull ache especially when moving the affected joint.
I am experiencing the same sort of pain. From what I've been reading it sounds a lot like carpel tunnel syndrome. If mine persists, I am going to have it looked at.
I have similar and cannot figure out after 15 years with some pain and now much more for three days! I use ice for swelling and ibuprofen but don’t want to keep taking it. Guess my doctor visit is next!
I have had pain on and off for over 15 years, in the joint of my left thumb (I am right-handed) radiating up to my wrist. For two days, though, it’s been worse than ever. Ibuprofen takes away the swelling and almost all of the pain, but I am afraid to keep taking it. I had the need to take 3 yesterday and 3 at bedtime and woke up without the terrible pain I had, but it is still lingering enough to not being able to use it much. I don’t want to go to my doctor, but I guess I have to. I have no pain in any other joints and can’t understand why it’s been in this spot only for all this time. What else could it be but arthritis?!?!
Not necessarily tenosynovitis, disease in forearm nerves is also a possible reason.
My mom has the same problem, Dr. said it's Tenosynovitis. No good treatment, just pain reliever, or injection. She didn't take the injection. Later she tried to keep her hands warm always, it became less painful. It's been 5 years.
My thumb is sore to bend  and makes a sound when bent. Almost 2 week's  now.
I have almost the same thing, but it's been going on for 4 months and more my thumb hurts all the time.  Plus it looks like it dislocated itself and pop back in (with pain) any advice? Please
It seems to be a trigger finger, a condition in which one of your fingers gets stuck in a bent position. Your finger may bend or straighten with a snap — like a trigger being pulled and released.

Trigger finger treatment varies depending on its severity and duration.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs — such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB) or naproxen (Aleve)

Conservative noninvasive treatments may include:
Rest. Avoid activities that require repetitive gripping, repeated grasping or the prolonged use of vibrating hand-held machinery until your symptoms improve. If you can't avoid these activities altogether, padded gloves may offer some protection.
A splint. Your doctor may have you wear a splint at night to keep the affected finger in an extended position for up to six weeks. The splint helps rest the tendon.
Stretching exercises. Your doctor may also suggest gentle exercises to help maintain mobility in your finger.

Surgical and other procedures
If your symptoms are severe or if conservative treatments haven't helped, your doctor might suggest:
Steroid injection. An injection of a steroid medication near or into the tendon sheath may reduce inflammation and allow the tendon to glide freely again. This is the most common treatment, and it's usually effective for a year or more in most people treated. But sometimes it takes more than one injection.
For people with diabetes, steroid injections tend to be less effective.

Percutaneous release. After numbing your palm, your doctor inserts a sturdy needle into the tissue around your affected tendon. Moving the needle and your finger helps break apart the constriction that's blocking the smooth motion of the tendon.

This treatment may be done under ultrasound control, so the doctor can see where the tip of the needle is under the skin to be sure it opens the tendon sheath without damaging the tendon or nearby nerves. This procedure is usually done in the doctor's office or in an office procedure room.

Surgery. Working through a small incision near the base of your affected finger, a surgeon can cut open the constricted section of tendon sheath. This procedure is usually done in an operating room.