Trigger finger

I’ve been dealing with trigger finger condition for over five years.  When it first happened, I didn’t realize it was anything, just a funny little feeling in my fingers one morning.  According to the internet, it’s a “condition in which a finger gets stuck in a bent position and then snaps straight.”

It kept getting worse.

Over time, it affected the middle and ring fingers of my nondominant right hand to the point where I can barely bend those fingers, and once they’re bent, I have to pull them out of the bent state with my other hand.  And it hurts when I do so.

It affects normal activities, like picking up a sack or twisting the cap off a bottle. It’s really bad when I’m knitting.  I can type OK, but my fingers aren’t very bent when I’m doing that.  Playing the flute doesn’t bend my fingers as much as knitting, so that has been OK until recently.  I can feel the stiffness during runs in the music.

I was a prime candidate for trigger finger, as I was:

  • Between ages 40 and 60.
  • A woman.
  • And I had diabetes type 2.

X-rays revealed nothing out of place, so with the likely diagnosis of trigger finger, I was referred to an orthopedic surgeon.  He confirmed what I already feared and suggested steroid injections as a first treatment, so I had those done.  They didn’t work at all, which is typical for people with type 2 diabetes.

Looking for solutions online turned up little.  I scoured the internet, Pinterest and Youtube.

  • Exercises
  • Essential oils
  • Acupuncture.

Even if those things were effective, they could take months.  And splints?  They just immobilize your fingers.  I didn’t see how that could help me at all.

I was tired of waiting and tired of the pain.  Knowing it would only get worse the longer I put it off, I made the decision to have surgery on my hand, a procedure called A1 Pulley Release. Here’s a video of the surgery being performed.  Careful!  If you’re the least bit squeamish, you might not want to watch it.  Hmm, maybe I shouldn’t have watched it.

So three weeks and counting until surgery. I’ll update this post when I’ve had the procedure.

Update

After a postponement of three weeks, I finally had the surgery done.  It went well and I’m wearing a thick bandage.  After two days I can take it off and just use band-aids.

bandaged hand