Thumb joint pain question

firemedic

Cathlete
I've been having pain right at my thumb joint going into the palm of my hand. It's mostly bothers me when I do anything on my hands (pushups, yoga). It's almost like my hand doesn't want to lay flat at my thumb. Has anyone else had anything like this? If so, what is it? I'm seeing my Dr. next week but was wondering what it could be ahead of time and if there's anything I can do at home to make it better. I've tried looking it up, but too many options come up. Any info or advise would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
Kim
 

katie lee

Cathlete
I have the same in my left thumb joint. Mine is from Years of a repetitive movement (turning a large 7 inch long key in a lock). it flares up from time to time. I can go for months without any pain, then for no apparent reason it will swell and throb. I believe mine is carpel tunnel. Please let me know what you find out.
 

Debinmi

Cathlete
I've been having similiar issues with my left thumb/hand. This post was helpful to me. I have carpal tunnel issues in my right hand sometimes ... the symptoms are different for me.

 

firemedic

Cathlete
Thanks so much. I thought I saw something before about this issue. I've tried adding extra padding to my hand in various locations, but nothing seems to help. I guess I'll just have to wait until my appointment Wed. I just hope I don't have to stop working out again. That has been happening too many times for me this past year with a few different other health issues and then having to help take care of my grandfather (93 yrs old) after my grandmother passed away (91 yrs old). It's was really hard for him and I was the only one he wanted to stay with him. But now that he found an assisted living facility that he likes, I was finally able to get back to my routines. It just seems like something is constantly interfering with my workouts this past year.
 

Debinmi

Cathlete
Firemedic, sorry to hear things have been rather difficult lately.

A couple of other ideas ... Cathe uses a "thumbless grip" in some exercises on the bench & although I was initially concerned about safety with the heavy weights, it actually helps with the pain. The wrist wraps while lifting also help some. Using a compression glove during cardio helps. Using small dumbells for push-ups helps. I recently saw a recommendation to put a folded towel on the floor and have your thumbs off the towel and fingers and palm on it for things like downward dogs & planks ... I haven't tried it yet but intend to. I wear a brace at night... not sure whether it helps or not. Like you, I'm willing to use accommodations to allow me to keep working out. HTH, Deb
 

Osutxgirl

Active Member
I have ended up using push up bars and my thumb pain is gone. I change thumb positions sometimes when lifting heavy, but using the push up bars completely removed the aggravation I was having. I use them in yoga too.
 

firemedic

Cathlete
I have ended up using push up bars and my thumb pain is gone. I change thumb positions sometimes when lifting heavy, but using the push up bars completely removed the aggravation I was having. I use them in yoga too.
Thanks, I'll look into those. I just had my x ray Friday, so hopefully I'll know something by early next week.
 

Lady Vol Fan

Cathlete
Firemedic I hope you find out what the issue is.
Btw I use BOSU pods for yoga and makes all the difference. Those pushup bars OSUtxgirl referenced look interesting!
 

firemedic

Cathlete
Firemedic I hope you find out what the issue is.
Btw I use BOSU pods for yoga and makes all the difference. Those pushup bars OSUtxgirl referenced look interesting!
I looked at those, are they hard to balance on for yoga? I just don't want to loose my balance. If not, I'll give those a try. The x ray showed an old injury (high school volleyball) but nothing new or broken. They think I just really flared things up and just need to take time to heal. They suggested steroids and a brace for now also. Thanks for all the info from everyone here.
 

cocob1

Cathlete
Firemedic and Katie Lee. sorry to read about your thumb issues.
Thanks for the suggestions OSUtxgirl, Lady Vol Fan and Debinmi.
This time last year I couldn't even use my left hand so I've made progress.
Surgery was recommended by my OT this past February if I want to use my left hand for any body weight workouts.
I have a Push Brace for my left CMC joint but it really doesn't fit under my gloves so right now I use KT Sport tape around the joint. Pricy but I can feel the support. After going through tons of weight lifting gloves I now use Waggs with the wrist wrap for weight lifting and I sized up from what they say to use. I have long fingers and an extra long thumb! Who knew? Sometimes I also use a brand called Grips as well. It's slow changing the Grips out but they seem to help keep me from over gripping my dumb bells. No push ups yet or I'll flare. I want to finish STS Meso 3 (very slow as I also have an autoimmune arthritis that will flare from over use) and then transition to Cathe's new Band Series and then get a second opinion about CMC joint surgery.
I also learned that my CMC joint damage used to be called Mommy Thumb. Women get it in there non dominant hand from a life time of opening jars and doing repetive motions. It's eccentric movement I belive. Who knew?
 

Lady Vol Fan

Cathlete
Cocob1 I am glad to hear you have found a way to manage and still lift. I look forward to hearing good news when you go back for another opinion.

Firemedic I don't think they're hard to balance on the BOSU pods..but I also know that balance is an individual ability. I will say that having my hands in a natural grip instead of flat on the ground is more comfortable for me.

Instead of using the pods, you might also think about not having your hands all the way to the ground in yoga..so you're reducing the percentage of your body weight that your wrists have to manage. Using a step bench would work.
 

firemedic

Cathlete
I've been trying some different hand variations and using different "tools" to help. I've noticed that using my yoga blocks more helps reduce the joint discomfort. I'll just have to see how things progress. Thanks for all the information everyone.
 

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