Patient Comments: Trigger Finger - Symptoms

What does a trigger finger feel like? Describe your symptoms associated with the condition.

Comment from: omnigold, (Patient) Published: March 17

My trigger finger pain fluctuates from feeling tight to severe pain. It's really painful where the palm and middle finger meet, when the finger joints lock up. I have to literally pry it open, a slow painful process. My finger looks like it's a little swollen and beginning to look disfigured. The finger is stiff while open and gets stuck when closed or make a fist. I have to massage the tendon in my palm and slowly work my way up to 'unhook' my finger. The snappy tendon is kind of gross! Time for a doctor visit.

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Comment from: 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 10

In my case trigger finger started after I tripped and landed heavily on my outstretched left palm, slapping the ground hard. My left middle finger would occasionally curl up and I couldn't straighten it without using my right hand to straighten it. I wouldn't call it painful, but it's not a pleasant sensation. My doctor prescribed naproxen, but later referred me to a hand surgeon for a cortisone injection after oral medicine wasn't helping. It resolved for a while but I had a minor loss of sensation in the tip of my left little finger and to a lesser extent down the edge of my left palm. Four years later the trigger finger has returned again in my left middle finger although the loss of sensation after the injection has improved a little.

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Comment from: TFlyn, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 15

My trigger finger started mildly about 3 months ago. In the mornings, my middle finger would be sore and pop. I attributed it to signs of growing older. About a month ago the same started in my thumb (both on my right hand) and quickly worsened. It is quite painful in the mornings but loosens up during the day. Still, it is hard to grasp/hold items due to general hand weakness and pain. It occasionally pops like it's out of joint and very painful. About a week ago I woke up and my thumb was stuck in an extended position. I couldn't bend it at all. After 5 days it popped on its own and my thumb curled oddly outward. It stayed that way overnight before stiffening again in the straight position. I've had 2 cortisone shots today for both thumb and finger. No change yet. I hope they help.

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Comment from: firefox3542, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 11

I have trigger thumb and boy, I am at my wits' end. I tried the injections and anti-inflammatory drugs. Now my thumb has been stuck in a locked straight out position for the last 6 months. I cannot even manually bend it using the other hand, I have no insurance and I know I am now in need of surgery. I am at a loss on what to do now.

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Comment from: Oscar, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 21

My index finger locks and I have burning pain due to trigger finger. I cannot close it and it is very painful.

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Comment from: Debbie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 06

Mine started by feeling like I'd jammed my ring finger on my left hand. The pain grew worse as time passed and at night it would "draw" and be frozen in a bent position. There was no straightening it without excruciating pain. As it worsened, it felt like my finger and down into my palm was on fire. This also made it difficult to hold things, there was weakness in those joints that made it difficult to squeeze, pick up or hold anything. I can't close my fist. Every finger goes down except for that one finger. Anti-inflammatories are helping.

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Comment from: Skotatnite, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 04

I have severe pain in both hands late afternoon till morning. My hands will not straighten without force and with that there is severe pain. I have had carpal tunnel release in both hands and De Quervain's tendonitis release on the right. I am awaiting surgery on both hands to correct the trigger finger.

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Comment from: bscruff49, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 11

There is pain in the palm of my hand just below my middle finger. Early in the morning the middle finger is hard to straighten out. There is moderate pain with trigger finger.

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