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Shock is a life-threatening medical emergency caused by interruption of the normal blood flow, which cuts off the supply of oxygen and nutrients to cells and organs. Immediate emergency medical treatment is required. Estimates suggest that as many as 20% people that develop shock will die. The longer it takes to establish treatment, the greater the risk of permanent organ damage and death. Anaphylaxis, severe infections, or allergic reactions, can also lead to circulatory shock and death if not treated promptly.

The first symptom of a thumb sprain is an instant surge of pain in the thumb whenever it is brought in use for anything like writing, opening jars, catching a ball, texting or cooking. Swelling and bruising is also common in thumb sprains with the affected joint reddening as well. Pain might well be experienced when the affected area is firmly touched as well during a thumb sprain.

I have a shooting pain in my thumb when I do certain activities involving grabbing something.

There is no swelling or pain under normal movement but when I stretch the thumb or use it to grab the dog leash for instance, I get a severe shooting pain radiating from the base to the tip.

Do I need to see my doctor or a specialist?



Joshua Answers:

Hey Mark.

Well, I've never ever told someone they shouldn't see doctor.

There could be all sorts of weird, rare medical issues causing that.

Still, chances are good that you have some thumb specific Tendonitis or Tenosynovitis .

See: What Is Tendonitis?

Meaning, you have too tight muscles, connective tissue that is shrink wrapping down, and a Process of Inflammation that creates pain and more tightness.

Heeeellllllooooo Pain Causing Dynamic !

So, let's investigate. Questions:

1. Describe the pain, in as great a detail as possible. Just in the thumb? Up the arm? Wrist? Hand? General pain, or could you clearly identify a sharp time.

2. What do you do with your hands all day long? Computer? Musician? Video games? Lots of texting on the cell phone?

3. Other thumb is fine?

4. History of injury or pain?

5. Age?

6. Is there a specific direction of movement that hurts it, but others don't, or do many kinds/angles/directions of movement. Pushing, pulling, thumbs up, pushing against a wall with the thumb in various ways, etc.

7. If you poke around the area, is there a hot spot? Are the muscles in the forearm, thumbpad, etc, sore, painful, or tight? I'm guessing that there is a line of muscle in your thumb pad that is PAINFUL if you press on it.

Answer those questions, and let's go from there.

Please reply using the comment link below. Do not submit a new submission to answer/reply, it's too hard for me to find where it's supposed to go.

And, comments have a 3,000 character limit so you may have to comment twice.

Joshua Tucker, ., .
The Tendonitis Expert

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