Stiff finger!!!

By Monalisa Latest Reply 2015-02-23 18:53:41 -0600
Started 2010-02-11 16:48:15 -0600

Ok I know this might sound funny but I've had the two index fingers of my hands stiff for 3 days now…they hurt and I can hardly bend them and if i do bend them they make a snapping sound…Have anybody ever had or heard of something like this?

I mean, What else is going to happen?

18 replies

Sopies Grandma
Sopies Grandma 2015-02-23 18:53:41 -0600 Report

ook finaly some one has the same problem I have, it's my thumbs, on both hands..can hardly bend them they hurt and the make a snapping sound, I ask my doctor about it and she said I have arthritis.. Which I don't believe, I don't know yet what it is, but I don't think its old Arthur. Let me know if you figure it out.

DiabetesDiva 2010-02-19 12:51:17 -0600 Report

I have the same thing, especially when I have crocheted for a long period of time. Ibprofun works for me, plus warm compresses. Hope you feel better son.


KarenH 2010-02-15 22:55:10 -0600 Report

Hi Lisa,

I have a problem with my right index finger that is called "trigger finger". I can not bend this finger all the way and it hurts all the time. Occasionally it will lock into a bent position and I have to manually pull up on my finger to unlock it. It hinders me whenever I try to cook, dress, write, etc basically anything since I am right handed. I had a steroid injection in this finger and while the pain did go away it only lasted for about 5 months. I am considering surgery because I don't want to have to continue having these shots. I don't know if this is similar to what you have. Karen

KarenH 2010-02-15 22:56:39 -0600 Report

sorry I meant the ring finger

And also sometimes the pain goes down into the bottom of my palm

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-02-15 23:23:33 -0600 Report

When I used to spend hours crocheting, fingers in cramped positions for a long period, my fingers would lock straight out and only could be manually straightened. I stretched my legs and feet out the other night, and got cramps—-drank a large glass of water, and I could just FEEL the relief in those muscles!! I knew that it helped, but this was IMMEDIATE RElief!! Frankly, I was surprised!! Thought that it would take at least, hours!! So I have been trying to make a better habit of drinking more water and it seems like my BS are staying more consistant—am clear out of strips—so—better keep drinking if I have to guess at my BS for a bit— PR

Monalisa 2010-02-16 08:37:59 -0600 Report

Thanks Karen, sounds exactly like what I have…mine is the index finger on my right hand, the left one hurts but doesn't stay locked.

KarenH 2010-02-16 15:18:09 -0600 Report

I don't think the surgery for trigger finger is too bad and it's day surgery but for some reason my doctor and has not wanted me to do this yet. He says since I responded to the steroid he wants to continue the shots. I worry it could get worse in time and then not be able to be corrected, It's hard thing to explain and the pain is unbelievable. It's makes the simplest things hard even like trying to get change out of my wallet! Keep me posted ok?

Monalisa 2010-02-16 15:29:56 -0600 Report

I really wouldn't want surgery, diabetics take time to heal and sometimes the healing isn't so good either, you should think about it really good before deciding what to do…And yes, it interferes with everything from buttoning a blouse to combing your hair!! even tying your shoes!!!

Judi62 2010-02-12 13:13:46 -0600 Report

Are you on the computer a lot? If so, you may want to lessen your time or take more breaks. Especially, if you work with the mouse a lot. Your hand is curved around the mouse and you click with your index finger mostly. When I get home from work, I soak my hand in warm epsom salt water. It seems to help most of the time.

Hope this helps, Judi

dmoola 2010-02-11 19:44:11 -0600 Report

It's probably a referred pain. I would try massaging your forearms. The most common culprit is the muscle that runs directly down the middle of the arm (extensor digitorum)

Gramamtz 2010-02-11 19:21:33 -0600 Report

I have in the mornings my fingers are stiff and they hurt so bad. What I do I just keep flexing them until they move and then run hot water on them it will help.

Monalisa 2010-02-11 19:39:12 -0600 Report

Thanks for your reply…in the monings it is worse!!! I feel like if somebody had been pulling them all night!!! Like a kind of chinese torture or something…Hot water does help but as soon as they get cold again the start hurting and getting stiff again I'm going to take an anti-inflamatory medication to see if it works…my next appt. with my primary care Dr. is next friday.


Gramamtz 2010-02-18 20:57:24 -0600 Report

Let me know what they tell you ok would be something to know and what it is so maybe it will help me.

Harlen 2010-02-11 17:56:10 -0600 Report

I am no Doc it seems to me that you may have spraind you fingers I think I would get it checked out.
Best wishes

Monalisa 2010-02-11 18:02:05 -0600 Report

Thanks Harlen I will check them out, but I'm thinking maybe I have arthritis or something and don 't know it yet because I haven't hurt myself or anything but this is so strange i'ts like if my fingers have their own mind and do what they


IamDrRobert 2010-02-11 17:27:36 -0600 Report

Try this. Find the spot on your finger that is most bothersome & using a pinching pressure to it for 7 seconds then release for 3 seconds, continue for 6 to seven repetitions or until the pain & stiffness is gone. Let me know if this works for you or if you have any questions.
Your friend
Dr. Robert

Monalisa 2010-02-11 17:49:27 -0600 Report

Hi Dr. Robert,
Thanks for the tip! I did this but it did not work…the worse pain is below my left index finger into my palm under the joint, then when I try to straighten the finger have some resistance and it stays a bit bent…It's like an inflammation in the joint, thanks again…Hugs…LISA