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Jul 31, 2011 15:48:20   #
Colorado knits
 
mike Fuller wrote:
Dingo, If you really have trigger finger (dupuytren's contracture), which generally affects the ring finger and pinky of older men of northern European decent, there is a new way of curing it. I had my dupuytren's contracture cured at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. The orthopedic surgeon injected Xiaflex (Ausilim Pharamaceuticals, Inc.) into the dupuytren's contracture and told me to hold my hand above my heart for 24 hours. The next day he froze the area and "popped" the cord. It was loud enough to hear in the room. There was no physical theropy needed, and I drove most of the way back home to northern Illinois. There was little pain and there were no post treatment problems. I suggest you visit the internet and read about dupuytren's contracture. Perhaps your trigger finger is something else caused by arthritis.
Dingo, If you really have trigger finger (dupuytr... (show quote)


I have both trigger finger and Dupuytren's contracture -- they are separate diseases/problems, although many of us from Northern European descent are more likely to have them.

I had cortisone shots which helped the trigger finger only briefly. I've had both thumbs and one finger operated on and no problems since. I have a couple other fingers that are showing signs of triggering. The finger surgery sent the Dupuytren's into a flare-up -- a common side affect for those of us who have both. It has since calmed down.

I'm glad to hear of a successful treatment for Dupuytren's and hope that my hands (yes, both of them) don't worsen.
 
Jul 31, 2011 16:25:39   #
Grammy Toni
 
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???


Like Vioxx, it also has been mentioned in the Journals about its contribution to heart attacks. It is a non-steroidal antii-inflammatory, and as such, can also cause liver damage. Don't know why Vioxx was singled out.
Jul 31, 2011 19:51:44   #
Ginny K
 
Yes, I had it. I eventually went to the doctor, got a shot in the finger, (cortisone I think), and it went away. Did not return (it's been about a year)!
Jul 31, 2011 21:43:19   #
kyrain
 
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Jul 31, 2011 22:59:39   #
wilbo
 
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?


DH and MIL have had this condition, however, it is not a form of arthritis. They both required surgery. Go to a hand and shoulder clinic and see a specialist to get a proper diagnosis. It won't go away by itself.
Jul 31, 2011 23:11:29   #
SONNIEGIRL
 
I have this problem with the middle finger of right hand. It bothers me when I close my hand around something that makes the finger close all the way, then I cannot open my hand until the finger relaxes enough to open. This has not had any bearing on my crochet or knitting, though, so I guess I am sort of lucky. I already had the thumb of my other hand corrected for the same problem, but that was way before I got so involved in knitting and crocheting again.

Good luck.
Keep smiling, and happy knitting.
 
Aug 1, 2011 00:53:34   #
ajay
 
I had trigger finger a few years back. First it was in my right thumb, had surgery on it. Then I got it in my right index and middle finger, has surgery. Then I got it in my left index and middle finger had surgery. It is an easy surgery, done with a local pain killer. No more pains and I can knit all I want.
Aug 1, 2011 01:44:45   #
ChocPieMom
 
I happened to mention to my Doctor of Osteopathy that my baby and ring fingers wouldn't open in the morning and were painful to make straight. He asked me if I formed a fist when I went to sleep. I said yes. He said to be sure to lay my hands flat when I go to sleep. I either make sure they're flat on the mattress laying on my back or in prayer position under my cheek laying on my side. No more stuck painful fingers.
Aug 1, 2011 01:49:12   #
vonnienz11
 
Hi, I also had a cortisone injection for trigger finger, I had to have 3 altogether but it has never come back
Aug 1, 2011 04:57:45   #
Gaenor
 
Two months ago I developed a trigger thumb which was diagnosed as osteoarthritis by my doctor and confirmed by Xray. I am now taking an anti imflammatory capsule daily (celebrex) and although it is still stiff at times I can do most things including knitting now.
Aug 1, 2011 07:19:44   #
barbsadams
 
My hands get very painful due to arthritis, I use Voltarol cream a few times a day on most areas. Dont know if you have this anti-inflammatory cream any where else in the world, but it's quite good for your hands if you cant stop knitting till you have finished a project!


Barbs
 
Aug 1, 2011 14:50:50   #
koalatytyme
 
I had trigger fingers from cashiering. I recieved a perscription from the doctor, VOLTAREN GEL. It worked wonders. I keep using it on my knees & hips, without a glove, and it has done wonders for my hands and the other aches & pains in my joints. I wouldn't be without it!
Koalatytyme
Aug 1, 2011 14:56:03   #
courier770
 
As a child of age 11, I was riding my bicycle, while running an errand for my mother. As I rode through a parking lot, a man threw his car door open at the exact moment I was passing with my bike. Two of my fingers were crushed between the car door and the handlebar of my bicycle. Two fingers were broken but after the bones healed I developed trigger finger...in the trigger finger. The doctor who cared for me had me fill the bathroom sink with warm water and squeeze a pink rubber ball (a super pinky), under the water, every day until the water cooled down. I'm almost 57 and haven't had problems with it...give it a try, it certainly can't hurt anything.
Aug 1, 2011 16:40:34   #
deemail
 
ChocPieMom wrote:
I happened to mention to my Doctor of Osteopathy that my baby and ring fingers wouldn't open in the morning and were painful to make straight. He asked me if I formed a fist when I went to sleep. I said yes. He said to be sure to lay my hands flat when I go to sleep. I either make sure they're flat on the mattress laying on my back or in prayer position under my cheek laying on my side. No more stuck painful fingers.


i have had to amplify this... i wear gloves and poke small balls of yarn (handball size or a bit smaller) into the palms... this helps as apparently i would tense up after going to sleep... kind of like the tooth grinding preventatives...
Aug 1, 2011 21:11:49   #
Gidget'smom
 
I have a "trigger thumb" on my dominant hand. (right) I have had it injected several times with good results. I have also had my elbow done.
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