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Trigger finger

Discussion in 'Diabetes Complications' started by MagicFirefly, May 16, 2018.

  1. MagicFirefly

    MagicFirefly Type 1 · Active Member

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    Pretty sure I have trigger finger on my right hand. It's a bit uncomfortable and is always worse in the mornings, sometimes I have to straighten my finger and it clicks back in. :depressed: It's getting harder to write notes which I need to do for my uni work :arghh:
    I know that trigger finger is more common for people with diabetes. Anyone got as rough idea how long it can last, assuming it will self resolve (all hopes!) I can't be doing with waiting for more cortisone injections, or worse surgery.
  2. kevinfitzgerald

    kevinfitzgerald Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hello there. Yes I had trigger finger about five / six years ago. Second to last finger on my left hand. It got to the point where like you I had to physically straighten the finger as it locked. Also like you Firefly it was always worse first thing in the morning.

    Its actually called Dupuytrens Contracture. Bill Nigh Actor has it in his right hand really bad. It is progressive.

    It got worse for me over time and I ended up having to have a cortisone injection. Almost within a day of having the jab the finger was fully mobile again. Though the injection was painful.

    As far as I know it doesn't get better better of its own accord. I have the ropey cords under the skin beneath the fingers on the palm side of both hands so am just waiting for it to start up again at some point though so far so good.

    It's nothing major to worry about but unless you seek a cortisone jab it will normally just progress.
  3. Fruitella

    Fruitella Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi. I have the same on left thumb. I am left handed and it may have started after sawing tree branches! 4 months on I think I have left it to late for a jab to fix it. I am seeing hosp dr in a few weeks for assessment for the minor op. It actually clicks less now that I think means it is worse if that makes sense.
  4. Robbity

    Robbity Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I'm left handed too and (before i was diabetic) I had a trigger thumb, my GP could feel a little nodule(???) at the base which he pricked with a needle - not an injection!! - but it fixed it.. More recently and since I've been diabetic I had a trigger finger on my right hand which my same GP was initially dismissive of, as it wasn't too bad! :mad: That became progressively worse over several months to the point where it was curled right up, quite painful and impossible to straighten. That did need a corticosteroid injection which cured it almost immediately. Be aware that such injecions will usually have an effect on glucose levels - mine shot up almost immediately and was higher for several days. If you search the forum you'll find other threads about this rise happening.


    PS I originally wondered whether it may have been an inherited issue as my father used to have a "clicky" thumb in his old age, but this as far as I can remember never actually stayed locked, and I don't know if he ever had anything done about it but I may be wrong as he lived several hundred miles away so we didn't see him too often...
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