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Thumb hurts a lot. X-ray was fine. Suggested nerves were firing. Feeling sore. Suggestions?

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Dr. K. Naga Ravi Prasad

Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement

Practicing since :1996

Answered : 2148 Questions

Posted on Sun, 17 Nov 2013 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Question: Hello, my name is John. I've been to a neurologist and an orthopedic hand surgeon. My left thumb hurts a lot at he base where it attaches to the rest of the hand. The hand surgeon took x-rays and said nothing is wrong. The neouologist took a pin test (ouch) and said the nerves are firing. When motor bike riding yesterday and had to take a pain pill last night. This morning it is still very sore --- any suggestions?
Answered by Dr. K. Naga Ravi Prasad 27 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Need some more information on your symptoms.

Detailed Answer:
Hi, thanks for writing to XXXXXXX

Actually, I need some more detailed information on your symptoms to know the possible underlying cause.

- Duration of your symptoms
- onset of pain (sudden or gradual in onset)
- Any history of injury/trauma to the painful site previously
- Any involvement of other joints elsewhere in the body
- Any swelling over the painful area
- Type of pain (dull achy, throbbing , stabbing, burning etc)
- Is the pain present continuously even at rest or is felt only during movements or activities
- Is the pain localised to an area over the base of thumb or is it radiating up into the forearm or down into the finger
- Any associated medical conditions like Diabetes, Lupus, Rhuematoid arthritis
- Any recent intake of antibiotics like Ciprofloxacin, Norfloxacin, Ofloxacin etc

Please provide answers for all the above questions so as to make me arrive at a possible diagnosis of your problem.


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