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trigger thumb - any one have any experience of it ?

(10 Posts)
throckenholt Wed 27-Jul-05 11:17:17

My 2.5 year old has just been diagnosed with trigger thumb. Has anyone got any experience of this ?

throckenholt Wed 27-Jul-05 13:17:56


throckenholt Wed 27-Jul-05 18:38:56


sorrel Wed 27-Jul-05 18:54:54

yes me! i had mine fixed 6 years ago. never met anyone with this comlpaint before or after. My whole family took the pi** as they didn't believe it was a proper 'thing'
sorry your dd or ds has it

throckenholt Wed 27-Jul-05 19:01:45

at last ! - someone else who has heard of it - even the GP didn't know what is was ! The "thumb specialist" diagnosed it over the phone. Said if it doesn't rectify itself in 6 months it would need surgery.

Did it hurt you ? DS seems to have no pain at all - but is aware that his "thumb doesn't work" - as he told the doctor .

sorrel Wed 27-Jul-05 19:12:05

no, not really painful , just annoying and a bit sore if i caught it the wrong way. i actually had surgery to correct it, but i think they can give cortizone injections too ( Prob not to kids tho )
twas a nusiance , but basically i was working as a chef so it could be annoying. The specialist ( at orthopedic outpatients) said he saw it quite often and decided due to my job to fix it.
keep hoping the other thumb won't go too.

How is your ds going with it?

sorry have to get dinner but will be back in an hour or so.

sorrel Wed 27-Jul-05 19:13:41

BTW my GP had never heard of it either.But i was at an unrelated hospital appt and dr asked me about it.

throckenholt Wed 27-Jul-05 19:21:13

ds seems totally unaffected by it. He is left handed and it is on his left hand - I read somewhere that it is more common in the dominant hand particularly in children.

In the internet I read it is common as an old peoples problem, and fairly rare in children. They didn't mention it all in younger adults.

Was it just from the last knuckle with you ? Ds also seems to have something where the bottom joint slips out of position too - sort of dislocating - but again no pain or swelling so far.

sorrel Wed 27-Jul-05 19:50:29

am, it was right down at the base of my thumb and it felt like it came out of its socket(sounds vile sorry). when it was in this dislocated position the joint would not work- i mean no bend. just kind of cocked (pardon the expression) like a gun trigger. Then to get it back I'd have to manoevre it with my other hand.
to fix it they made a miniscule incision and snipped the ligament that was preventing my thiumb from behaving properly and in a dignified manner
Quite irritating,but on a pain level about the same as cramp in your leg after sitting for too long.
Quite common in diabetics aparently(me).

throckenholt Wed 27-Jul-05 20:07:46

ah - that is interesting.

His is the top joint and it sort of just locks over in a bent position - he can't straighten it.

I saw mention of a general aneasthetic - thought that sounded a bit much - but maybe it is only for kids when they don't think they can stay still enough with a local.

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