Severe Thumb Pain Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand severe thumb pain symptoms, including 6 causes & common questions.

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Contents

  1. 6 Possible Severe Thumb Pain Causes
  2. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  3. Statistics
  4. Related Articles

6 Possible Severe Thumb Pain Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced severe thumb pain. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

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.

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

Rheumatoid arthritis

Arthritis is a general term for multiple conditions that cause painful inflammation and stiffness throughout the body. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic condition that is autoimmune in nature, meaning that the body's immune system which normally protects the body by att...

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Wrist bone (scaphoid) fracture

A fracture is the medical term for a broken bone. When a person falls on their outstretched hand, the scaphoid is the bone that is most likely to break. It is located on the thumb side of the wrist, in the area where the wrist bends.

Rarity: Ultra rare

Top Symptoms: hand weakness, swollen thumb, wrist pain that gets worse when gripping something, difficulty moving the thumb, wrist pain from an injury

Urgency: Primary care doctor

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Carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition of numbness and tingling in the hand and arm caused by compression of the mediannerve as it travels through the carpal tunnel. Causes include overuse of the wrist and hand, especially highly repetitive activities such as typing or wo...

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Sprained thumb

A thumb sprain occurs when the ligaments that connect the bones are strained by a sudden, forceful movement, usually when the thumb is stretched backward away from the palm. This is likely to occur when the thumb is directly impacted, such as partially catching a ball or falling on an outstretc...

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Jammed thumb

Jammed thumbs are common in sports but may occur during daily activity.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: thumb injury, thumb pain from an injury, swollen thumb, finger bruise

Symptoms that always occur with jammed thumb: thumb injury, thumb pain from an injury

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Severe Thumb Pain

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • Let's examine your thumb a bit. What makes your thumb hurt worse?
  • Do you repetitively use your thumb and wrist?
  • Does this hand movement cause you pain? (This is known as Finkelstein test.)
  • Are you currently raising a baby or young child?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions

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Severe Thumb Pain Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced severe thumb pain have also experienced:

  • 26% Swollen Thumb
  • 6% Difficulty Moving The Thumb
  • 5% Joint Stiffness

People who have experienced severe thumb pain were most often matched with:

  • 40% Wrist Bone (Scaphoid) Fracture
  • 30% De Quervain'S Tenosynovitis
  • 30% Rheumatoid Arthritis

People who have experienced severe thumb pain had symptoms persist for:

  • 32% Less than a week
  • 24% Over a month
  • 22% Less than a day

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from Buoy Assistant (a.k.a. the quiz).

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