Skip to comments.(Vanity) middle finger pain (need advice)
Posted on 06/06/2011 9:13:50 PM PDT by ak267
For the past two weeks I've noticed some discomfort clasping/clinching my left hand whenever I grip a pole or piece of equipment. The base knuckle (left side of the knuckle) on my left, middle finger feels a little sore. When I massage the left, forarm tendons, the pain from clinching or gripping is almost gone.
When I bend my left, middle finger to the right (towards my thumb) there's discomfort. If I bend it up, down or to the left (towards the my pinky) there is no pain.
Sometimes the hand can feel a little stiff in the morning.
Have your doctor check it out. They can generally do something to help you if they catch it early enough.
Depends on age. If past 60 could be Arthritis. If younger could be Carpel tunnel. Likely not Tendonitis which is usually in the upper arms.
Sounds like it could be a little of both. Baby the finger as much as you can. Heat is soothing, and topical analgesics should work well. I always use Blue Emu. It's expensive, and I don't know how it works, but it does. No smell, no grease. Just, a few minutes later, you realize the pain is gone.
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You might have pulled it. Or, you might have a small cramp that’s sticking around. See a doctor if it persists.
Get a clavicular resection on the affected side. If you’re over 40, you’ll feel new. It’s a lot of chiseling of bone, grinding, and reseating of you tendons, but it’s where almost all wrist, hand, arm, pain originates from due to nerve entrapment in the shoulder. To know for sure, does the rotation of your arm seem to affect the pain?, such as twisting a doorknob and pulling / pushing at the same time? Do you feel stiff when pulling a shirt on?
Middle finger pain? Give it a rest, stop picketing the White House for awhile!
BTW - I went to my doc for a pain in my rest, he said carpal tunnel and I got a brace. A few months later I went o my chiropractic type guy for my feet/knees. He asked about my brace and I told him, but said it didn’t seem to be helping much. He did his goofy tests - turns out my elbow was out of it’s socket! That was awhile ago and it does okay now, until I try to lift a heavy car battery or something. I take lots of things the doc says with a grain of salt now.
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The muscles that largely move your fingers are in the lower arm. So this probably isn’t a muscle issue.
Probably nerve or joint damage. You mentioned “equipment.” Do you use heavy equipment that vibrates? You may have bruised the cartilidge on one side of that joint. Or caused trauma to a nerve on the side that hurts.
Or it could be something else entirely.
Short version: You need an xray of the joint at issue.
Sheesh, you’ve run out the warranty and now you expect better living through chemistry? ... Hang in there, zork, it only gets worse with age.
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Some other posters have mentioned shoulder issues. Possibly. There is a lot of tension and force transmitted through the arm when you grip something, and a slight misalignment up top could express in your hand.
If the pain persists, see a doc...
You may well have trigger points in your forearm. Trigger points in the forearm refer pain to other places and can refer pain into the hand. For example, many instances of carpal tunnel pain actually turn out to be TPs in the forarm in both the flexor and extensor muscles. Of course, you could also have tendonitis and/or arthritis in those knuckle joints too, as you state.
I suspect you may have TPs in the flexor digitorum muscles. TPs in this muscles can send fairly sharp pains (almost a burning pain) to the inside of the fingers. This TP can be caused by overuse of grasping things, just as you mention.
Look for TPs in the upper forearm and they’ll usually be fairly deep. Using the thumb of your other hand, push inward/massage any really sore spots you find. Don’t over do this. Massage for a couple of minutes about six times a day. It may take a day or three to remove the TPs.
Let me know how you do.
Take two Advil and call me in the morning.
If it doesn’t affect your trigger finger or your shooting, don’t worry about it.
I’m not a doc, but have some knowledge of the mechanics and engineering.
If you type a lot, maybe your bruised one side of the joint via repetitive stress.
Or if your posture isn’t good, your shoulder is tweeked, and the muscles are torquing the joint.
Rest the hand. Take (OTC pain med of choice). Use a topical. Give it two or three days. If the symptoms persist at the same level, see a doc. Right then. If they lessen but don’t go away in 7-10 days, still see a doc.
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