Tuesday, May 12, 2009 dryeyes2, Community Member, asks

Q: What causes the fingers to stick-and not straighten for a few moments?

What causes the fingers to get stuck when you bend it? I have one finger, (my left middle finger) That keeps getting a catch in it-it just lasts for a few seconds, but really hurts. Does anyone else have this problem? If so why does it do that, and is their a splint to wear on it or somthing? Thanks

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Angela53510, Community Member
5/12/09 11:27am

This is called a trigger finger, and is caused by damage in the joint. I find mine are actually worse when they are not flared - no lubrication in the joint. People with oesto also get this - my b-i-l just had surgery to open up something in his hands and it didn't work.  I had a bad one in my little finger - it was terrible, because I play flute, and the R pinkie gets leaned on for every note - so when I tried to take it up for D and low C, which don't need it pressed, it didn't work.  Over time, it got better, with a lot of prayer.  However, sometimes, I think I have pressed the key, and the wrong note comes out, so I have lost sensitivity, too.  My middle finger R hand has this frequently, but it doesn't affect the flute, so I guess I don't care. I have to open it manually with the other hand, and it does hurt.  I would be careful about splints - you should only wear them during flares, to protect and support the joint.  Trigger fingers are about damage.  If you splint something, it becomes weak, the tendons tighten, etc.  Probably you should see your doc or rheumatologist. You might need to do some exercises to strengthen your hands.  I would really advise against surgery, until you have tried some alternatives.

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Catherine, Community Member
9/27/12 8:45pm

I have this trouble in all my fingers.  My plams also hurt real bad and the meaty part just below the fingers and they hurt!

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jellybaby, Community Member
6/ 2/09 10:07pm

I had it in the thumb a couple years ago, presumably from osteo.   A shot of cortisone in the joint got rid of it and it never came back.   Thumb is still a bit sore, but nothing like it was and no more clicking. 

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jellybaby, Community Member
6/ 2/09 10:07pm

I had it in the thumb a couple years ago, presumably from osteo.   A shot of cortisone in the joint got rid of it and it never came back.   Thumb is still a bit sore, but nothing like it was and no more clicking. 

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Cheryl Kay, Community Member
6/ 5/09 7:30am

I have it very bad in both my thumbs! It hurts terribly. I don't know what it is or what causes it. I had both my hands x-rayed and nothing shows up. It's not RA, and no inflamation. My doctors don't know what it is and it is hard to explain to them. I wake during the night in extreme pain from it. It's as if they lock up and I have to unlock them with the other hand. HELP!

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dryeyes2, Community Member
6/ 7/09 8:26pm

Have you tried any creams or gels on them yet? I am trying this gel called Voltaren-it is a perscription gel-but you doctor could have samples or get you samples. But before i go too far on this gel...i'm just trying it my self a few days now, and i'm not noticing any real difference as of yet, but i havent used it much yet.

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Elaine Deeney, Community Member
8/ 3/12 5:57pm

Dry Eyes;  I have this condition and started w/drops for dry eyes.  No Rx needed until I was told by my eye doc to try Restatis...does work!

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dryeyes2, Community Member
6/ 7/09 8:29pm

And if this doesnt work, then it is the shot in the finger. Are you a diabetic? This can also happen in diabetics.

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dryeyes2, Community Member
6/ 7/09 8:54pm

Oh, i just remembered this...if you are a texting person-which i'm not. There is a condition called thumb texting syndrome. And since you said it wasn't RA or Osteoathritis-then maybe thats it! It does affect the thumbs also.

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Cheryl Kay, Community Member
6/ 8/09 12:11am

No I don't text. I do have cancer and have been through chemo and radiation which I suspect is the cause, but not sure. Am on a lot of pain meds for the cancer and my thumbs still hurt terribly. Saw x-rays of fingers and thumbs and there isn't anything showing out of the ordinary, so don't know what it is or the cause except for chemo, radiation, or side effects from meds? It is just a very strange thing. My thumb joints just lock up and will not move...

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dryeyes2, Community Member
6/ 8/09 11:06am

It could be the chemo-it can cause all sorts of weird things.

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Wendell707, Community Member
2/ 1/10 4:09am

I'm haveing that problem right now my middle right finger and my left trigger finger have been giveing me fits for the past two weeks.

I am takeing alot of pain meds for my cronic back pain wich could be either from Rheumatoid Arthritis or Osteo.

It could allso be more side effects from my pain meds like Gabapentin 300's 3 times a day.

Good Luck

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srm777, Community Member
7/31/10 10:13pm

I started with my left pinky, it would stay bent and stuck and if I
straightened it out it hurt really bad almost made me cry. It healed
all by itself but now it's the same problem on my right pinky. It especially
hurts at night when I accidentally stretch it while I'm sleeping. Very
painful that it's jerks me awake. It's as though they get stuck almost
no lubrication in the joints.

 

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