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Pain in Both Index Fingers

By Anonymous January 25, 2010 - 12:23pm
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Similar to RLyons' post, I have index finger pain, but it is bilateral. The pain may be joint pain, but it is hard to tell, because it extends between the joints, as well. I have a 3 year old and a 1 year old, and I noticed the pain a few months back. I do not have pain in any other fingers. I had DeQuervain's Tenosynovitis post pregnancy #1, and had surgery to release the sheaths in both wrists. This was tremendously successful. Two and a half years later, though, when my 3 year old wants to hold hands, she tends to grab my index finger, which causes me immediate pain (probably an "8" or "9" on a scale of 1 to 10). Regarding how it feels, my left index finger feels a bit stiff, but I can use it. My right index finger is in slightly less pain and not really stiff at all. Using these two fingers for fine motor reasons, like tying to turn small knobs, pull things apart, or open the battery compartment on a toy (especially when I have to apply pressure with just the fingers) causes intese pain. When my fingers get twisted, squeezed, or hit by accident (or on purpose!) it is very painful, even if the contact is pretty low impact. I was originally thinking it was either a stress fracture or arthritis. I am 35 and am told I am a bit young for arthritis, though. I use a computer all day, but that doesn't seem to hurt at all. I also got an iPhone for Mother's Day, 2009, which I thought could be the culprit, but, again, it's use doesn't cause me pain, either. Can anyone give me any ideas? Thanks so much. CM

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If the pain extends between the joints, it is most likely due to tight tendons and / or overuse. I had very similar pain to what you have described at age 47, so I started a daily stretching program for the finger tendons eight months ago and have experienced a 95% recovery.

December 7, 2014 - 11:22pm


Thank you for your question! I am sorry to hear about your finger pain, and the complications it is causing for you. There are many things one can do for joint pain, but each therapy is very individual. What works for one type of joint pain may not work for another. The best way to reduce pain, is to first understand the cause of the pain. (This is the tricky part). Are your index finger joints red or inflammed at all? Do you have more pain in the mornings or is the pain only after some kind of direct contact with the joint?

Some joint pain can be explained with the results of a blood test. Other strategies might include testing certain therapies out and waiting for positive results with pain reduction, like heat or cold therapies. (Heat usually has many positive results with decreasing joint stiffness). Also. certain creams or balms may help reduce some pain. (I have tried Tiger Balm & I love it. It is a little expensive and comes in a tiny jar, but I have had the same tiny jar for over 6 months!) Other possibilities include diet and nutritional supplement options for joint health.

WebMD has a great Health Center that talks about caring for joints. Many different types of arthritis and common therapies are located along the left margin of the cite : http://arthritis.webmd.com/caring-your-joints

Hope this information helps and best of luck!

January 25, 2010 - 3:21pm
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