I'm struggeling with trigger fingers. I've previously been succesfully treated for one by a specialist, but now it seems to be coming back. Can anyone advice on how to avoid trigger fingers developing in the first place? Or do any of you have experience with reversing symptoms once they are there?

Thanks very much in advance.

23 Answers

burdman
Answered 9 months ago    reply

Wow...I am having surgery on one on Wednesday along with carpal tunnel. I would be interested as well...


y8
Answered 9 months ago    reply

My orthopedic surgeon recommended immobilization. I've been given shots for mine. When it started coming back I wore the brace over night every night until it went away again...

burdman
Answered 9 months ago    reply

Yeah, the shots stop working - and they raise your bs as well LDL.

l.danna
Answered 9 months ago    reply

Interesting, Yuste. It would be great if a brace could do the trick, especially if I don't have to wear it during the day. What kind of brace did you use?

y8
Answered 9 months ago    reply

The Dr gave me a super heavy duty one. I originally had to wear it all the time. This time I felt the trigger thumb coming on and just started wearing it to bed. It cleared up on its own after 3 weeks. Maybe I am just lucky?

l.danna
Answered 9 months ago    reply

That sounds like something I have to try. The trigger thumb is just starting so maybe I can act it in time.

y8
Answered 9 months ago    reply

Good luck! I hated having it. The less movement the better.


levielle
Answered 9 months ago    reply

I've had 3 trigger finger releases done (after cortisone injection failed to help) and asked the surgeon a similar question. This was years ago but he said if I find out, please let him know. :(


burdman
Answered 9 months ago    reply

Oh no...I hope this works for me.


perse
Answered 9 months ago    reply

You can't avoid it but I've had surgery 5 times now. I won't ever get a cortisone shot again after the very first time. Very painful and doesn't fix the problem. My first surgery was about 15 years ago and I have no issues since with any of the ones I have had fixed.

burdman
Answered 9 months ago    reply

Talk about painful - they gave me a cortisone shot in my thumb joint - and it hurt so bad I thought I saw stars!

perse
Answered 9 months ago    reply

Burdman agree - I have Keinbocks disease in my wrist. The bone is dying and collapsing and when the Dr said they could give me one for pain I looked at him and said nope. I would rather take the pain. Lol

burdman
Answered 9 months ago    reply

Believe me - I am not going down that road again!

j
Answered 9 months ago    reply

Im with you. Ive had the shots and it didnt help. I had the surgery and it was so worth it. Id choose surgery over the shot, any day!

perse
Answered 9 months ago    reply

yep! As soon as it starts to happen (again) I have 5 more fingers that I'm sure another will come up at some point.... my Dr knows it's surgery only.


bm
Answered 9 months ago    reply

I have had trigger finger surgery on my thumb AND carpal tunnel surgery on both hands!

burdman
Answered 9 months ago    reply

Oh, that carpal tunnel is no joke! Hate it!

l.danna
Answered 9 months ago    reply

Wow, I'm really interested to hear what kind of braces you use and also what kind of stretches? I'll let you know if I find something that fixes it without surgery, but until then stretches sound like a good option.


why
Answered 9 months ago    reply

I have carpal tunnel and trigger finger happens occasionally. I think maybe it has gotten less over the summer... not sure if it's because of the weather, my activity level or the fact that I've brought my a1c down a bit 7.3-->6.5


diltz
Answered 9 months ago    reply

I've had 7 trigger releases. Cortisone is too hard on me as a diabetic - it messes my sugars up for weeks.

burdman
Answered 9 months ago    reply

Yep!


arenas
Answered 9 months ago    reply

I've had two released by an orthopedic surgeon. One is totally fixed and the other aches on and off. The best prevention is optimal sugar control.


l.danna
Answered 9 months ago    reply

Thanks so much for all your useful answers! I had one trigger finger treated with a cortisone injection. It totally fixed it and the pain wasn't too bad. However, I've only recently learned that diabetics should avoid the cortisone shots because it messes with bg control, so maybe I'll try to avoid that this time. I'm glad to hear that many of you are happy with surgery. Nice to know that that's an option that most likely fixes the problem (at least on that specific finger). And yes, absolutely the best prevention is keeping blood glucose levels down.


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