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Type 1 and trigger finger / arthritis

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by Herbie1972, Jul 9, 2021.

  1. Herbie1972

    Herbie1972 · Member

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    Hi all,

    Am wondering whether anyone else with Type 1 has been plagued with trigger finger / thumb and other joint or tendon problems.

    I’ve had what I thought was trigger finger in all my fingers and thumbs, and I had a year’s worth of steroid injections in the digits prior to lockdown, which helped temporarily. The MSK department at my local hospital said it was diabetes related, but discharged me saying I’d reached the maximum number of injections allowed.

    Over a year on and it’s still awful, my fingers locking so much that I can’t grip things properly, so writing and holding a fork is difficult and I drop things a lot. I’m a journalist and have had to relearn how to type, too. Then there’s the constant burning pain.

    The latest consultant I recently saw ruled our trigger thumb, which confused me, and suggested it might be rheumatoid arthritis, another auto-immune disease which crippled my mum, but tests for that came back negative.

    It’s really doing my head in now and no one seems to know what’s wrong. At the moment the index finger on my left hand is completely locked shut and is swollen (see pic), but the other fingers are ok.

    Has anyone else had anything similar? Thanks for any advice
     

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  2. NicoleC1971

    NicoleC1971 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I had a trigger finger a while back which got much better with a steroid in the right place although it can't bend completely.
    I now have a left hand shoulder that is frozen and still lacks mobility after 2-3 years but is no longer painful. Also diabetes related but nobody has explained why!
    My father in law had something similar to your hand with his hand which was resolved with surgery.
    Dupeytren's Contraction for what it is worth.
    Hope yours improves. You don't realise how useful fingers are until they go wrong...
     
  3. Herbie1972

    Herbie1972 · Member

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    Thanks, Nicole. Will look it up. Glad to hear your finger improved but sorry to hear about your shoulder. You’re right, we totally take our abilities for granted until we lose them!
     
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    sleepster Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    My dad has dupuytren's contracture, you have an increased risk of it occurring with diabetes, it's meant to be connected to the Vikings too, but I don't know how true that is!
    My dad had several fingers that he couldn't straighten and he had surgery but he waited too long so it hasn't been a massive success. I think early treatment is key. I'm glad your father-in-law had more success with his surgery @NicoleC1971.

    No advice to offer I'm afraid @Herbie1972, but you can get various aids to help with gripping pens and cutlery which may help a bit. I've also seen pens which fit onto the end of your finger.
     
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    sleepster Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Wendy12384 · Newbie

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    I am a type 2 diabetic and have suffered from trigger finger for over 25 years, I initially had one finger affected. When the cortisone injections and physio didn't work I had surgery. I wasn't a diabetic then. 15+ years later the rest of my fingers and my thumbs started with exactly the same symptoms again, injections and physio with no relief. It is so debilitating. I have surgery on all my fingers the maximum they would do at a time was 2 so it has taken time. I now have patchwork hands but I am pain free. They cannot guarantee that it won't come back, but I am now able to carry on with a normal life and do the things that I enjoy.
     
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    Glad you’re now pain-free, that’s great to hear.
     
  8. Herbie1972

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    Thanks for the tip about equipment and stuff. Will look into it if the need arises. Will talk to my GP / rheumatologist about Dupuytren’s when I next see them.
     
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    himtoo Type 1 · Well-Known Member
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    Hi there @Herbie1972
    I have had operations on 5 of my fingers for duypetrans ..... 3 on my left hand and 2 on my right .......in the last couple of years i have started getting symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome in my right hand ... and my doctors have said it is all diabetes related
    hope you can get some relief
     
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