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    In the past few months I've developed trigger finger/thumb, it's way worse in my right thumb than my finger. Does anyone have a remedy for this other than going under the dreaded knife? I'm really worried about this affecting my ability to hold a rod and fish for long periods of time.

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    Timely question... First, I'm not a doc. Second, I've had the surgery on both hands, most recently yesterday. My first was the result of a staph infection that left a scar on the tendon of my left middle finger. Painful locking at inopportune times. That was back around 2001. The most recent is a result of Dupuytren's disease, and don't hold me to the spelling. My right ring finger was locking, painfully. I had two injections, which gave relief- a year the first time, 9 months the second. While conferring with the hand surgeon, my right middle finger began to be affected as well. It progressed rapidly, to the point that I wasn't getting much sleep, and 7x, size 24 flies became an impossibility. So yesterday they did both fingers, what they call "trigger finger release". It takes a while to heal, and "don't get it wet" until the stitches come out, but it's runoff now... Injections are just a postponement to the end.

    My two cents worth.
    Last edited by nickj; 05-11-2013 at 09:06 AM.

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    Thanks for the input.

    This really sucks, I wake up and can't bend my thumb or my birdy finger, thankfully they limber up at work quick enough, but if I relax for very long my thumb will start locking badly. So far it's not a real painful situation, just a major pain in the tush.

    I imagine the injections were not fun?

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    Sorry John,that sucks indeed.Hope you can find a good doc to solve your problem or have you tried to see a good osteopath?It may help.
    Some good infos here:Trigger Finger Causes and Treatment - WebMD

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    I occasionally get Trigger Finger which I first suffered from about 15 years ago which I agree can be painful.
    I also have had Injections for Tendonitis which as which only lasted about 6 Months however I Find Fish Oil helps as well as Panadol Osteo to relieve Pain.
    Friends of mine had Operations for Trigger Finger.
    Brian.

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    John: Dang, sounds like you are getting old and starting to fall apart (like me).
    Sure does sound painfull, best of luck in finding a good solution.
    Larry


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    Quote Originally Posted by fysh View Post
    Thanks for the input.

    This really sucks, I wake up and can't bend my thumb or my birdy finger, thankfully they limber up at work quick enough, but if I relax for very long my thumb will start locking badly. So far it's not a real painful situation, just a major pain in the tush.

    I imagine the injections were not fun?
    The injections are less painful than the locked finger. The needle goes down to the tendon, then is withdrawn a bit, then the solution is injected. It's way more comfortable than a tattoo in a sensitive place, an injection for a damaged rotator cuff, or a failed root canal. It's all relative. In my case, the alternative to the treatment is an eventually totally crippled right hand, so there is no option. Good luck with yours.

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    I had trigger finger in my pinky a few years ago. My doc recommended surgery, telling me an injection would only give temporary relief.

    A friend recommended glucosamine chondroitin, so I decided to give it a try. It took about 6 weeks of regular use until I noticed any improvement, but then within another couple of weeks the trigger finger was gone. I kept taking the stuff for another 9 or 10 months, then dropped it. That's been at least 5 years, and the trigger finger has not returned.

    It might not work for you, but it's worth giving it a try for a couple of months to see if it helps.
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    Nick exactly what I've had.

    half fast your Glucosamine might be worth a try.
    Brian

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    I had no idea this sort of stuff was common, or that it had a name. Every once in a while I'll move my right hand 'just so' and I'm squirting tears.
    Across the palm just below the knuckles.
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