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  1. I had trigger finger in my thumb. I couldn’t open a jar or turn on a lamp anymore. I had the surgery and have had no pain or problems since. Recovery from the surgery was easy and my thumb was not bound.

  2. I’m so sorry to hear this news. I personally don’t know much, if anything, about trigger fingers except my step mother had it for years. She is now deceased but she’d found a doctor who totally “cured” her non surgically and not just cortisone shots. My suggestion is to to do some research and see if you can find an alternative. I know it wasn’t painful and it was instantaneous. She played the piano as an accompanist for a state opera guild and a civic choral and played the organ for several churches and a synagogue. Her hands and fingers were her life. She gave a solo concert on the piano at 89. I say all this to give you hope. Good luck!

  3. Check out the books and materials of Lee Albert, a neuromuscular therapist.
    I am not recommending him, just sharing information I found from watching a PBS special. There’s a book, website, etc. to perhaps aid your search for information and help options.
    Cortisone takes time to slowly reduce inflammation thus reducing pain. I’m surprised the doctor did not explain this to you. Read up on it as well.
    I’m so sorry you are enduring such pain.
    Frances in MD

  4. I wonder… did she suggest using ice on those areas where you received the injections? I’m an nurse and worked in a foot doctors office for years. After giving any injections into an already inflamed area ice can be very helpful the first 2 days or so after the injection. I had some issues and the insurance company wanted to see “proof” that injections didn’t help before they approved surgery… it’s sort of “routine’ that this means 4 injections to each area before surgery. Insurance companies other than medicare seem to the one’s with these “silly” rules…. meaning you have to prove you have an issue. This surgery is usually straight forward and they’d only do a few fingers at a time…. certainly not both hands at the same time. There are 2 types of steroids…. anabolic and catabolic. You can do a Google search if you like. Steroids used properly by a physician can be very safe and beneficial. The steroids that get a bad rap are those used by “body builder” types and can lead to SERIOUS side effects (and I believe are illegal) . Physicians do not use steroids for this purpose and used properly they can help with a multitude of medical issues and even be life saving. Speaking with your physician as you did is always the safest plan before taking any other medications. Good luck.

  5. I can’t believe you have trigger finger in 8 fingers at once – ouch! I know a few people that have had trigger finger and they did certain exercises and wore a hand splint. Maybe you could either look up exercises online or ask for PT, and you could try a splint on one hand at a time. I’d also look into acupuncture or a chiropractor.

    Please be careful with things like cortisone (look up how bad it is for you) and Meloxicam. The latter is a high potency NSAID and has a lot of serious side effects. Perhaps it’d be best to try the natural stuff first.

  6. I had “trigger” thumb, and I asked my chiropractor about it. I don’t remember exactly what he did for it, but I’ve had no problem since, and no pain after the adjustment.

  7. Brenda,
    I have had trigger finger in both of my thumbs and my right index finger. I also have arthritis in them. I had several injections in them and finally had the surgery. I did one hand at a time. My index finger also had to have the joint replaced. The shots did give some relief for a while, but long term the surgery is what worked for me. I am very glad I had the surgery.

    I wish you the best of luck with this. It is painful.

  8. My husband went to an orthopedist who specializes in hands in Tulsa several years ago for trigger finger. The doctor gave him an injection that he said was very painful, but the pain didn’t last like yours did. He hasn’t had any problems since then.

  9. A well styled life has talked about her trigger finger, on Dec. 7 and previous to that. Any info is good!

  10. I had trigger finger in my thumb , it eventually just went away on its own . I never went to the dr about it .

  11. It’s possible that the mass burial was some of the victims from the Tulsa massacre of black residents. It could also be people who were hastily buried (and records subsequently lost) during the “Spanish Flu” pandemic of 1918-1919. The winter of 1919 had a massive number of deaths from the virus in the U.S. and all around the world. I hope you are able to get a definite diagnosis on what’s going on with your hands. If the skin is tightened on your hands, it worries me that this sounds like a symptom of a condition called scleroderma.

    1. They’ve ruled out autoimmune diseases through blood work. Apparently the diagnosis is simply 8 trigger fingers/thumbs.

  12. I had trigger finger in both thumbs at the same time. I had the shot in one thumb, but could not have it in the other because I have lymphedema in that arm. The shot did not do anything to help and the doctor said some people need two or three shots spaced apart to get any help. Eventually both just seemed to slowly go away over the next month or so with no further treatment. I also was told to wear splints to try to keep the thumbs from moving too much, but that lasted just a few hours before I took them off. I suggest keeping your hands warm and still, to let them rest.

  13. I heard those shots like that can be so painful. I hope after having to feel that pain you will get some relief. That is interesting about all those graves. Maybe that Hawk is protecting those grave stones. He is the keeper of the graves lol! Happy Friday

  14. Oh ouch! I had a shot in one of my toes for arthritis pain and I could have strangled the doctor right then and there. It hurt so bad and it continued to hurt a lot for a few days. And it did not take care of the problem. So sorry you have to go through this. I would look into whatever kind of therapy or meds you can find that will help rather than go through that on a regular basis. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  15. I have this problem. It comes and goes. I attribute this to years and years of typing at my job. Thank goodness, I’m retired now. Recently, my thumb popped out of joint and it was painful when I popped it back. I did a little research and it suggested using a finger brace. I began using one. It took about a month for the problem to go away. But it hasn’t bothered me since.

  16. Brenda,
    You need to get a prescription for meloxicam which is an anti inflammatory medication. It will make all the difference in the world.

  17. I don’t know anything about trigger finger. However, my son this year avoided back surgery with a physical therapist’s help and a doctor who gave him something like insulin shots into his back. I’m not suggesting the same thing for you but just wondering if there is some alternative care that is out there. I wonder if they could just operate on one hand at a time not leaving you virtually dependent.Maybe the shot works over time and not instantaneously. I hope relief is coming.

  18. Brenda,
    Please ask your doctor for a rx for meloxicam which is a very good anti inflammatory medication. I have absolutely terrible and very painful arthritis and I have days I just want to cry from the pain. This rx was like a miracle for me. It’s a very inexpensive and great option to try and it will really help.

    1. She emailed back and said she ordered a medrol steroid pack for me. But NOT to take nsaids or Meloxicam at the same time I’m taking the steroids.

  19. Eight trigger fingers!!! Oh Brenda I’m so sorry to hear this news. I do have a friend who recently had outpatient surgery for one finger and has fully recovered. Another friend has a trigger finger thumb and was going to have a shot either yesterday or today. She wants to avoid surgery if at all possible. I wish I could be more helpful. I’m sending healing thoughts!

    1. Here’s what I googled just now: Trigger finger is not the same as Dupuytren’s contracture; they are only similar in that both involve finger flexion. Dupuytren contracture is a condition in which thickening and shortening of the connective tissue occurs in the palm of the hand, that resemble cords and nodules, in which there is some finger flexion as a result.

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