Patient Comments: Trigger Finger - Treatments

What types of treatment, including medication or injections, did you receive for your trigger finger?

Comment from: 'Trigger Happy', 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 21

I had my first bout of trigger finger about ten years ago. I had a cortisone shot and that didn't help. My surgeon suggested surgery, which was quick, relatively painless, and recovery was just a few weeks. I'm about to have my 8th trigger finger operation (all different fingers, of course) in two weeks. I don't know why I've been so prone to having it. As a teacher, I don't spend a lot of time with repetitive motion. Perhaps it could be that I cracked my knuckles often as a kid! My doctor doesn't think so. The last two surgeries have required longer healing time. It's been four months since my last, and only now am I beginning to have full range of the ring-finger. Thank goodness I only have two fingers left! The end is in sight! I'd love to know if there is any kind of study that I could be part of.

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Comment from: Deb, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 11

I have had trigger finger on both hands middle finger. I had the surgery. I opted for local anesthetic, it was only a ten minute surgery. Now my other fingers are starting, and am having two more done the end of the month. Just found out my sister has 3 trigger fingers on each hand. She went with cortisone shots twice, and now is going to have to the surgery. Do the surgery, it is not that bad.

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Comment from: L, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 26

I have a trigger finger on my ring finger on my right hand. I had one cortisone shot and a month later I developed a nodule. I was told cortisone shots do not work now and the next thing is surgery. Another doctor I talked to said he would give me another cortisone shot. I am not sure what to do at this point.

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Comment from: Marty, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 05

I ignored my trigger finger too long. Injections gave temporary relief. I have just had surgery on both thumbs and long fingers. I wish I had not waited so long to treat.

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Comment from: unknown, Female (Patient) Published: September 21

I am almost 13 years old and have trigger thumb. I don't have a secondary condition (diabetes, arthritis, etc.) I got a steroid shot for it and that didn't work so now I am getting surgery in a couple of weeks and being put under anesthesia. The doctor doesn't know how I got it and thinks it is very weird because I'm so young and don't have any other issues.

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Comment from: barkingmad3, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 09

First trigger thumb incident was at 45 after carpal tunnel surgery. Now, both thumbs and two more fingers are affected. Injections worked for a while, by 2nd injection surgery and release is the only relief. Repetitive use generally starts the problem, like intense, prolonged keyboard use or carrying heavy items with the gripping of fingers. Injections hurt something awful for 6 seconds, I do mean hurt.

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Comment from: lilly, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 26

I have trigger finger in four fingers of the right hand and carpal tunnel syndrome in the elbow of the same hand. My surgery is on 26 February. The doctor said that I will not be able to work one month but I am afraid that will be more than one month, especially because I do a very difficult job using my right hand.

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Comment from: zander, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 17

I have had trigger finger twice in the same finger, I had 1 steroid injection under ultrasound. Now I have to go back to have another, 8 weeks later. It is beginning to get old fast, the finger no longer works. Better off losing the finger, than going on steroid injections all the time.

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Comment from: 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 09

I actually pointed out my snapping trigger fingers to my chiropractor. He is a chiropractic hand and foot association member and explained his training and aspect of its etiology and treated it without surgery or injections and while it took a few treatments to fix it, it hasn't returned and it has been over a year since my visits to his office.

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