Trigger Thumb in Left Hand. Could It Be From Carpal Tunnel Surgery?

by Michael

I have recently developed trigger thumb in my left hand, I am right handed.

My family doctor thinks it may be a flare up of gout.

I have taken 2 meds but to no avail.

Can you advise and could this be related to carpal tunnel surgery? I had it on both hands about 5 years ago.



Joshua Answers:

Hi Michael.

Why does your doctor think that you have gout?? are your hand/thumb joints red, swollen, painful, etc? Did it come on suddenly?

Here's a diagnostic tool for you. Go buy a bottle of real cherry juice. Drink it over a few days/a week. If that doesn't make it go away, it's (probably) not gout.

If it's Trigger Finger and/or Trigger Thumb, then that's a different ballgame.

And that can totally be related to Carpal Tunnel surgery.

Carpal Tunnel and Tendonitis share a dynamic of tight muscles and constrictive connective tissue.

Cutting in there causes scar tissue and more constriction and the scar tissue binds and pulls injured tissues together.

Surgery does not fix the Pain Causing Dynamic.

And surgery certainly didn't eradicate the REASON you had carpal tunnel in both sides. Surgeyr is not a fix for carpal tunnel since it doesn't REVERSE the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome dynamic.

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Sep 18, 2014
9 months after carpal tunnel surgery on both hands, both thumbs are catching, is is a coincidence?
by: Whisper

9 months ago I had carpal tunnel surgery on both hands, 2 weeks apart. I was having trouble sleeping as they were both painful and waking me up at night.

I have nothing to compare recovery with. One hand seemed to heal faster than the other.

Is it a coincidence that 4 months ago I developed thumb 'catching-clicking' in both hands. It was as though the first joint was locking and was painful. I had both thumbs injected with steroids. After a week or so they both felt better and the locking went away. It lasted about 6 weeks. Now they are back to locking and I have sharp pain in both thumbs from the second joint on certain movements like opening a peel pack, or snapping clothing....almost anything.

I have read that this is tenosynovitis, osteoarthritis etc...but my whole hand is tender. The scar area is sensitive to nerve endings. My hands feel like they are contracturing and getting claw like....

what do I do now.Good grief!

Hoped for better.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Whisper.

You didn't leave your email or check the notifications box, so I hope you find this reply.

It is absolutely NOT a coincidence that you're having expanded issues after carpal tunnel surgery.

Surgery didn't (and can't) fix the chronic inflammation, it didn't (and can't) fix the too tight muscles and connective tissue, it didn't (and can't) fix the nutritional insufficiency. And it's likely it made those things worse.

So those pre-existing factors are continuing to do what they do....which is to conspire together to cause you pain and problems.

What to do about it? Fix it. I'd get The Carpal Tunnel Treatment That Works DVD and the ebook that comes with it.

See related: Carpal Tunnel Hand Surgery On Right And Left Hands Didn't Work

See related: No Grip Still Five Months After Carpal Tunnel Surgery

Mar 19, 2017
What should I do to relieve trigger thumb?
by: Lee A.

I saw your website and YouTube video, but what should I do to relieve my Trigger thumb?

I've done hot water soaks, acupuncture, and stretches, but don't know exactly what exercises to do, especially since other places say just to rest it.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Lee.

'Just resting it' is terrible advice (because it doesn't work, can't work, will never work, to fix get rid of trigger thumb).

I keep threatening to do a trigger finger/thumb product...but I haven't yet.

So. See: Pain Causing Dynamic

Chronic muscle and connective tissue tightness in forearm and thumb, chronic inflammation, and nutritional insufficiency cause constant tension on the tendon.

That compresses the joint, and basically causes problem of the tendon/tendon sheath.

That causes swelling (no problem) and eventually new tendon tissue growth (problem) that causes the 'trigger' (the stalling and then 'jump' of movement).

It's all reversable (not the new tissue growth but that can be minimized) but rest etc isn't going to stop the progressive dynamic.

First off, see: How To Reduce Inflammation

Do a bunch of that, and let us know what happens.

Alternately, the Reversing DeQuervain's Tendonitis will do you good. 90%+ of it will be in the eventually created Trigger Thumb program.

Related: Unbearable Pain After Carpal Tunnel Surgery And Trigger Thumb Surgery What Could It Be?

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