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If this is the whine about health things topic, here's my new (old) one.  I've had surgery for "trigger finger" on my right hand - first one was about 15 years ago, the "ring" or 4th, finger. Then, oh about a year+ ago, the index finger needed fixing. Don't get me wrong - you don't rush into surgery; first, you get to have cortisone shots - INTO THE PALM OF YOUR HAND. They typically will try 2 shots before accepting that the shots won't work, and they need to cut the tendon sheath.

Fast forward a few months ago - my index AND middle finger on my left hand (that's the hand I grip knives with, while the other hand holds stuff I'm cutting, unless it's a paring knife, which I use in my right hand while holding the thing being pared in my left - don't ask).  So, like 6 weeks ago, I had a shot into the left palm index finger - it has worked so far. But one night earlier this week, after lots of cooking, the middle finger of my second hand was burning so badly - it kept me awake almost all night. And I couldn't bend it. Oh joy - more shots in the palm! 

Lest you think I have diabetes, trigger finger being a common complication from long-term diabetes, I don't. And according to my doc, a fairly renowned hand surgeon, it's often hereditary, and not uncommon to have different fingers affected. I probably wouldn't do anything if it weren't so painful. But then you can end up with a finger stuck in a bent position, and that can't be good.

Getting older - yes!

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11 hours ago, memesuze said:

How is this different from Dupuytren's contracture? My father and brother both had/have it. 

Certainly different in that trigger finger (stenosing tenosynovitis) is caused by an inflamed tendon, not able to glide freely through its sheath, whereas DC is a thickening and knots of tissue forming in the palm.

Interestingly (or maybe not), I have a friend who recently went to my hand doctor, as he had this big knob of thing forming over the past few years, in his palm. And = he has Dupuytren's. His is painless, whereas my trigger hurts like hell.

Also interesting is that my favorite musician has had surgery to correct his Dupuytren's. Which can be frightening for a musician who plays the guitar. And since many musicians are basically broke, if they have Dupuytren's , it can lead to permanent disability. 

Enter the Musician's Treatment Foundation - a non-profit organization offering free surgical and non-surgical treatment for various disorders of the shoulder, arm, elbow and hand, for both under and uninsured musicians.

8 hours ago, splinky said:

those shots are almost worse than the finger pain

I never let the doc administer the shots - he has a great PA, and for some reason, she does it fairly painlessly. First freezing the area well. Oh bullshit - they hurt! But it's over in 10 seconds.

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2 hours ago, joethefoodie said:

I never let the doc administer the shots - he has a great PA, and for some reason, she does it fairly painlessly. First freezing the area well.

Practice, practice, practice.    When I recently wound up in hospital, the tech in ER insisted on inserting a stent before I was admitted, saying, "They don't know how to do it upstairs."    

 

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So what I've had very occasionally for the last couple of years is this thing where my thumb suddenly locks across the palm of my hand. It's a little painful, but not too much. I just have to gently prise it back again.

It's absolutely associated with long periods holding a book, so in my case (was) also associated with long flights. Never bothered to have it diagnosed, as it's a minor inconvenience. Just was a big surprise the first few times.

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1 hour ago, Wilfrid said:

So what I've had very occasionally for the last couple of years is this thing where my thumb suddenly locks across the palm of my hand. It's a little painful, but not too much. I just have to gently prise it back again.

It's absolutely associated with long periods holding a book, so in my case (was) also associated with long flights. Never bothered to have it diagnosed, as it's a minor inconvenience. Just was a big surprise the first few times.

When it gets stuck, it may be more than a minor inconvenience. I can help with your diagnosis - trigger thumb!

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https://poetshouse.org/press-release-poets-house-announces-temporary-suspension-of-operations/

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