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Jul 31, 2011 12:46:13   #
Juliet
 
I too have trigger finger - left hand fore finger.
I've had 6 operations 3 left & 3 right hand. Am due for my 7th - Dr. expained that if you are of European descent, you are more than likely to get a triger finger somehwere in your life. Am holding off on my 7th operation till it gets so bad, that I cant open my finger any more. I do swear by operation, since the shots do not help me.
 
Jul 31, 2011 12:48:01   #
jeans yarn
 
This has nothing to do with trigger finger. I have noticed if I can keep my hands un der the blankets at night they do not bother me as much. Keeping hands warm helps.
Jul 31, 2011 12:52:51   #
martyr
 
battye one wrote:
you mentioned celebrex isnt that banned??? they were taken to court i believe due to possible side effects. some serious too. anybody know more on this one???


All NSAIDs [non-steriodal anti-inflammatory drugs] can 1. Cause stomach bleeding and 2. all more or less appear to have cardiac complications. The cox inhibitors[ of which celebrex is the most well known..] appear to be more problematic. They were never banned, but did have a black box warning attached. Consequently they weren't prescribed much for awhile right after that. They do work well for arthritic pain relief, so they are now prescribed again, when the OTC [over the counter] NSAIDs aren't doing the trick. Aleve [or naproxin] appears to have the least association with cardiac problems, but I haven't looked at any studies since retiring 3 years ago.
Tylenol [acetaminophen] is the pain reliever with liver complications, not the NSAIDs
Jul 31, 2011 13:08:40   #
Becca (a regular here)
 
dingo wrote:
Don't like to complain but I have had this trigger finger on my right hand for the last 6 months. I could live with it but it interferes with my knitting. Anyone had a similar problem?


A doctor who specializes in hands and/or arthritis will have a special splint that helps relieve tension and promotes healing. It looks like a ring with wires that wraps around the joint that is causing the problem. Go see your doctor before it becomes a real problem. Then you can get back to knitting.

Be well.

Becca
Jul 31, 2011 13:34:09   #
CSTILLWELL
 
I had 5 trigger fingers and couldn't even hold a knitting needle. Cortisone shots didn't work so I had them all surgically fixed at the same time and have had no reoccurrence. I'm back to knitting better than ever. So choose whatever path that works for you, but don't be afraid if surgery is the last resort.
Jul 31, 2011 14:09:44   #
madjac
 
Yes, me too. A surgeon loosened the tendon...just had three stiches in the incision and have had no further trouble since it was done 3 yrs ago

madjac
 
Jul 31, 2011 14:35:18   #
Christi
 
Tari wrote:
I was a nurse, so please be careful about taking antiinflammatory medications as they can cause damage to your liver if taken in too large of quantities or for long periods of time. Take these only under supervision of a doctor. Celebrex is back on the market by the way. I had outpatient surgery on my trigger finger & it does not give me any trouble at all. It wasn't painful to have done & it healed very fast, plus it is the only permanent solution I am aware of. Tari :)


Tari...what is an alternative to taking antiinflammtories when you have fibromyalgia......esp during the flare up periods.
Jul 31, 2011 14:37:21   #
Annsb
 
battye one wrote:
you mentioned celebrex isnt that banned??? they were taken to court i believe due to possible side effects. some serious too. anybody know more on this one???


I believe that you are right about celebrex. I know that it was causing a lot of heart problems. (heart attacks) I used it for awhile, it was great for the pain, but Doc took me off for the serious side effects.
Jul 31, 2011 14:45:25   #
DebraSundhausen
 
When I lost my job and had nothing else to do but crochet, knit and talk to some of you on here. I ended up with one trigger finger on each hand.I tried everything there was out, nothing helped until gave in and went to the doctor. He put in a cortison shot.He wouldn't do both hands at one time, so I had to go back. Within a week it quit and hasn't returned yet. That was over 6 months ago.
Debbie
Jul 31, 2011 14:50:28   #
LBush1144
 
I bought capsacian cream, and my husband was going to put it on his hands, but I thought he'd regret it the first time he went to the bathroom or rubbed near his eyes.
Jul 31, 2011 14:53:12   #
Justine
 
I have had several fingers with trigger finger. It is an inflamation of the tendon. The tendon goes throught a hole that keeps it on top of your finger. Because the tendon is inflamed, it catches at the hole and then snaps to get through. I have had the cortizona shots on one of them, which helped for awhile. They have all eventually gotten better without surgery. Now I have a very painful one on my left thumb. It is the one that holds my knitting or crocheting while I do the work with the other hand.

Be careful of Celebrex. I took it for arthritis. I broke out on welts and rashes all ovrer my body. They were very itchy. I also had a lot of pain all over---consequently, the dose was doubled. More pain. I was so exhausted, I could hardly function. The doctor said I had a spider bite. Finally, he realized I was having an allergic reaction. As soon as I quit taking it, I started getting better. That is horrible stuff.

Good luck with your finger.
 
Jul 31, 2011 14:58:17   #
DebraSundhausen
 
Justine wrote:
I have had several fingers with trigger finger. It is an inflamation of the tendon. The tendon goes throught a hole that keeps it on top of your finger. Because the tendon is inflamed, it catches at the hole and then snaps to get through. I have had the cortizona shots on one of them, which helped for awhile. They have all eventually gotten better without surgery. Now I have a very painful one on my left thumb. It is the one that holds my knitting or crocheting while I do the work with the other hand.

Be careful of Celebrex. I took it for arthritis. I broke out on welts and rashes all ovrer my body. They were very itchy. I also had a lot of pain all over---consequently, the dose was doubled. More pain. I was so exhausted, I could hardly function. The doctor said I had a spider bite. Finally, he realized I was having an allergic reaction. As soon as I quit taking it, I started getting better. That is horrible stuff.

Good luck with your finger.
I have had several fingers with trigger finger. I... (show quote)


If your doctor doesn't know the difference between hives and a spider bite, you need a new doctor. I'm sorry if you get offended, but he could have killed you. If the hives go away and your still taking the medicine that caused it, they only went inside your body.
Debbie
Jul 31, 2011 15:04:04   #
Pat S.
 
Several years ago, I had a trigger thumb which interfered in just about everything. I talked to several people that had the same thing and finally decided on acupuncture. It worked so well that I had it on my carpel tunnel wrists, too. I have been free of both for at least 20 years more or less. I will do it again if I ever get a repeat. pd
Jul 31, 2011 15:13:51   #
dinnerontime
 
Capcacin is very comforting but take care NOT to rub your face or eyes as it will feel like a 3 alarm fire.
Jul 31, 2011 15:36:16   #
missblu
 
I had trigger finger of the middle finger, right hand. It would lock and be very painful. Surgery took care of it.
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