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Pain in thumb and wrist joint - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Bones, Muscles and Joints
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Answered : 40 Questions
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Dr XXXXXXXX here
Doctor :   How can I help You
User :   Hi Dr AAAAAAA
User :   I have a persistent ache at the joint of the thumb and the wrist on my right hand
Doctor :   ok
User :   wanted to know what could be the reason for it
Doctor :   There could be many possibilities
User :   ok.. like
Doctor :   when did u first notice this pain
User :   its about 3 weeks ow
Doctor :   ok how would You describe it
User :   it hurts when i lift a laptop for eg, or if i do a handshake
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   otherwise it is not there?
User :   it hurts more at such times.. else there is a dull pain
Doctor :   do You experience early morning stifness there?
User :   no
Doctor :   ok I want To ask you to do a small test
User :   the pain is there in hte entire thumb area and more on the joint.. if that helps :)
User :   ok
Doctor :   can u make a fist
User :   yes.. but it hurts
Doctor :   let all your fingers enclose your thumb
Doctor :   done it?
User :   cant do that.. it hurts
Doctor :   try it
User :   i can put the fingers on the thumb... but when i try to enclose it, it hurts
Doctor :   then tilt Your fist at the wrist joint in the direstion of your little finger
Doctor :   ok what your doing is fine
Doctor :   Are you with me?
User :   ya
User :   i didnt understand tillt your fist part
Doctor :   after making the fist tilt your wrist joint in the direction of your little finger?
User :   ya... in the direction of your little finger.. means?
Doctor :   any swellling over that area?
User :   a little.. on the thumb bone
Doctor :   when moving your thumb is there a catching or grating sensation?
User :   yes.. at the joint
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   have You been hurt at that area ever?
User :   nope..
Doctor :   ok You could be having a condition called dequervains tenosynovitis
Doctor :   does the pain radiate have u noticed?
User :   ok.. what does it mean in lay man's terms? :)
Doctor :   it is a small problem
User :   sometimes towards the forearm.. in the area below the wrist joint
Doctor :   where there is inflamation of the tendon sheath
User :   oh ok...
Doctor :   have You understtod what i am saying?
User :   and what can be done to cure it?
User :   ya understood
Doctor :   repeated use of your thumb could be causing this
User :   married to a doc.. so understand that much :)
Doctor :   do you text a lot using your cell phone?
User :   used to not now
Doctor :   ok this could be a cause
User :   hmm.. so what do i do?
Doctor :   avoid repetative thumb movements whenever possible
Doctor :   try to give adequate rest to your thumb and wrist
Doctor :   immobilising your thumb and wrist and keeping them straight using a splint may also help if the pain is really bad
User :   ok
Doctor :   for that you will have to consult an orthopaedician
Doctor :   also you could take pain killers in case your pain is really bad
Doctor :   avoid pinching with your thumb
User :   ok.. but will this go away if i give as much rest to the thumb and wrist?
Doctor :   Yes
Doctor :   You can try
User :   ok
Doctor :   In case it does not improve You can contact Your orthopaedician for a splint
User :   thanks a ton Dr AAAAAAA
Doctor :   You can apply vollini gel to that area
Doctor :   any other queries?
Doctor :   Hope you have understood what I have said
User :   ok.. no thats it.. thank you... yes i understood
User :   thanks
Doctor :   bye for now
Doctor :   bye for now
User :   bye
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