Trigger Finger and Diabetes

By lily54 Latest Reply 2013-11-27 12:51:47 -0600
Started 2010-03-01 10:48:22 -0600

Has anyone had any experience with trigger finger or tendinitis? I have read that people with diabetes are prone to it and I am dealing with it at this time. Any input?

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APgator 2013-11-27 12:51:47 -0600 Report

I have had trigger finger surgery on 3 fingers (left index, right middle and right thumb) and just had a cortisone shot in a 4th (left thumb). I never found anything that helped the pain besides the cortisone, which usually lasts 7 months. My hand doctor will do 3 shots total and then surgery is the next option. The surgery is really short in duration - 15/20 min. tops, than you wait a week to get the stitches out. Only on one finger did I have to do physical therapy, the others were no problem. I am very happy with the results as these fingers do not bother me at all anymore. Only drawbacks are the cortisone causes a rise in blood sugars for a few days, hurts, and the surgeries are surgeries and therefore costly. (I have insurance so wasn't too bad.) I have a male friend who is also a T1D and he has had trigger finger in all 10 of his fingers and 10 surgeries. My hand doctor says it is common in his practice to see diabetics with this issue.

re1ndeer 2011-02-16 23:45:43 -0600 Report

I have had trigger thumb, when my thumb became immobilized, was on the hand I use most. Doctor said it was from over use. I had 2 cortisone shots in the thumb, could not use my hand for 3 days. Boy did it hurt.

Roy531 2010-07-16 18:13:32 -0500 Report

A lady I work with has it and she is not diabetic, the did surgery on her finger to fix the problem and she says it is a lot better now.

lily54 2010-05-08 21:45:17 -0500 Report

Hi Karen! Sorry I didn't get back sooner, but no I haven't had anything that has helped with my trigger finger. Yes it is very painful and some days it is almost impossible to do anything. I have gone back to school online so I am typing a lot. I am wondering if that isn't some of the cause for it. I don't know. From what I have read too, women, diabetic and over 50, and I fit all of that also. Well, let me know if you learn anything new and I will do the same! Thanks! Sheryl

KarenH 2010-07-16 18:01:33 -0500 Report

Hey Sheryl, I haven't learned anything new really but I am having less pain. Honestly, the only thing I can think of is recently I went to the coast and while there was in the hot tub and held my finger to the hot water coming out of the jets. Sooooo maybe hot water helps!

KarenH 2010-03-03 12:10:30 -0600 Report

Oh my gosh yes! I have trigger finger in my right ring finger. It started a little over a year ago and it seems like it happened literally over night. I did have one steroid shot but it only helped for about 5 months. Right now I am trying to decide whether to get a shot again or maybe pursue surgery for it. The pain makes it very hard to do simple things like cook, get dressed, pick up items well just about anything! Every time I try to write something that finger will lock up on me and I have to manually pull up on it to get it to unlock and that is extremely painful too. I have read that trigger finger is more common in women, diabetics, and over 50; all true in my case. The pain also can radiate in to my palm area. Please let me know if anything has helped you with your trigger finger. Karen