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8 Potential Moderate Thumb Pain Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  1. 1.Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway filled with ligament and bones at the base of your hand. It contains nerve and tendons. Sometimes, thickening from irritated tendons or other swelling narrows the tunnel and causes the nerve to be compressed. Symptoms usually start gradually, and as they worsen, grasping objects can become difficult.

    Recovery time varies depending on treatment.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    spontaneous shoulder pain, hand weakness, wrist pain, weakness in one hand, pain in both hands
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Normal Thumb Pain

    Thumb pain can be caused by a host of things, but is often idiopathic (without cause).

    1-2 days

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    thumb pain
    Symptoms that always occur with normal thumb pain:
    thumb pain
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  3. 3.Uterine Fibroids

    Uterine fibroids are noncancerous tumors in the uterus. They are common in women of childbearing age.

    Treatment ranges from medication to surgical removal of the fibroid.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal bleeding, pelvis pain, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps), painful periods, irregular period
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Non - Specific Wrist Pain

    Wrist pain is common. Repetitive motion can damage your wrist. Everyday activities like typing, racquet sports or sewing can cause pain, or even carpal tunnel syndrome. Sometimes, wrist pain doesn't identify with a single process.

    1-2 days

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in one wrist, spontaneous wrist pain
    Symptoms that always occur with non-specific wrist pain:
    pain in one wrist
    Symptoms that never occur with non-specific wrist pain:
    severe wrist pain
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  5. 5.De Quervain's Tenosynovitis

    De Quervain's tenosynovitis is a painful condition affecting the tendons on the thumb side of the wrist. If you have de Quervain's tenosynovitis, you will feel pain upon turning your wrist, grasping anything, or making a fist.

    4-6 weeks with treatment

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    hand numbness, thumb pain, hand weakness, weakness in one hand, numbness in one hand
    Symptoms that always occur with de quervain's tenosynovitis:
    thumb pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Nail Infection (Paronychia)

    Paronychia is an infection of the nail folds, typically caused by Staph. Aureus. Or a fungus.

    Great prognosis. Recovery in the next two weeks

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    spontaneous finger pain, fingernail pain, fingernail swelling
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  7. 7.Chronic Nail Infection (Paronychia)

    Chronic Fingernail Infection (Paronychia) is caused by repeated damage to the cuticle (the thin layer of skin that covers the base of the nail). The cuticle protects the nail from infection, and when it's damaged again-and-again, it can predispose someone to infections of the nail (paronychia).

    Really depends on you - the more you are protecting your nails, the more likely you will heal

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    spontaneous finger pain, fingernail pain, cuticle loss, fingernail swelling
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  8. 8.Thumb Arthritis

    Arthritis of the thumb is common with aging and occurs when cartilage wears away from the ends of bones that form the thumb joint. This can cause severe pain, swelling and decreased strength and range of motion, making it difficult to do simple tasks, such as turning doorknobs and opening jars.

    This condition is considered irreversible, but symptoms can be effectively managed with treatment

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    difficulty moving the thumb, thumb pain that affects sleep, thumb pain from overuse, pain in the thumb side of the hand, spontaneous thumb pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Moderate Thumb Pain

  • Q.Which of the following describes your physical fitness:
  • Q.Does this hand movement cause you pain? (This is known as Finkelstein test.)
  • Q.Let's examine your thumb a bit. What makes your thumb hurt worse?
  • Q.About your [wrist], do you notice:

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Moderate Thumb Pain Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced moderate thumb pain have also experienced:

    • 21% Swollen Thumb
    • 6% Thumb Pain
    • 6% Joint Stiffness
  • People who have experienced moderate thumb pain had symptoms persist for:

    • 32% Less Than a Week
    • 24% Over a Month
    • 22% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced moderate thumb pain were most often matched with:

    • 47% Normal Thumb Pain
    • 6% Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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