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Trigger thumb (joint stiffness/cracking/popping)
A problem I have that is getting worse is that my left thumb is cracking whenever I bend it. It's especially pronounced in the morning, and there are times that it takes quite a bit of muscle to bend it from a straight position. There is no pain (yet).

My internet research has revealed this to be trigger thumb: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-cond...c-20365100

The activity that I think is worsening it is body calisthenics. I do hang from a bar often and grip bars. Does anyone else have this problem?

I have also noticed my knees don't like it when I have to bend all the way down to the ground (to pick something up). This could be a sign of bodily joint inflammation.

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RE: Trigger thumb (joint stiffness/cracking/popping)
I had an issue with finger joints once and after going to many orthopedists, one of them finally had the answer... it was simply a vitamin deficiency, at least in my case.

I can't recall which vitamin it was, but maybe get a blood test for all nutrients, and in general load up on fruits, veggies and supplements.

Might not be related to your problem, but maybe worth a shot and probably a good idea regardless.
04-23-2019 11:32 AM
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It's just old age Roosh.

You have to just learn to live with it, work around it and do what you can in the irrefutable evidence of your impending mortality.
04-23-2019 06:58 PM
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Just lay off the SOY JOOCE Roosh
04-23-2019 07:47 PM
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Do you wear a fitbit?
04-23-2019 08:28 PM
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RE: Trigger thumb (joint stiffness/cracking/popping)
(04-23-2019 09:50 PM)Zep Wrote:  [quote='Roosh' pid='1969768' dateline='1556031622']
A problem I have that is getting worse is that my left thumb is cracking whenever I bend it. It's especially pronounced in the morning, and there are times that it takes quite a bit of muscle to bend it from a straight position. There is no pain (yet).

My internet research has revealed this to be trigger thumb: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-cond...c-20365100

The activity that I think is worsening it is body calisthenics. I do hang from a bar often and grip bars. Does anyone else have this problem?

I have also noticed my knees don't like it when I have to bend all the way down to the ground (to pick something up). This could be a sign of bodily joint inflammation.

I have it too.

Try this. Go to the dollar store and pick up some work gloves, ones with rubber on the inside, they'll 'help' grip the bar for you, consciously try to use as little gripping as possible,

these: https://www.amazon.com/Dewalt-Medium-Gri...=8-1-fkmr0

also try to pull-up on bars that are in natural alignment with your wrists, most people pullup on a bar that's straight, this hurts the wrist over time, you want something more like a V with the top part of the V towards you. Or you could attach grips to them like in this picture, I don't like the idea of a locked grip.

Sounds like you have inflammation.
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I have the same symptoms for at least 5 years. Doesn’t matter if I go to the gym or not.
Happens to my thumb and index (between middle and distal phalanx).

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trigger_finger
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RE: Trigger thumb (joint stiffness/cracking/popping)
(04-23-2019 06:58 PM)RatInTheWoods Wrote:  It's just old age Roosh.

You have to just learn to live with it, work around it and do what you can in the irrefutable evidence of your impending mortality.


There is ALWAYS a supplement, a stretch or a strenghtining exersize to make things somewhat better.

Roosh. I think acupuncture would be a good bet. You don’t want to lose or have to moderate your grip strenght during workouts. The grip adds strenght to every movement.

I too second good nutrition revamp, glucosamine, MSM, glycine, magnesium and acupuncture.
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(04-23-2019 06:58 PM)RatInTheWoods Wrote:  It's just old age Roosh.

You have to just learn to live with it, work around it and do what you can in the irrefutable evidence of your impending mortality.

I'm not that old!

(04-23-2019 08:28 PM)fiasco360 Wrote:  Do you wear a fitbit?

No.

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I recommended a magnetic ring to a family friend and it alleviated their trigger thumb.
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RE: Trigger thumb (joint stiffness/cracking/popping)
I'm not familiar with this condition in particular, but after years of working out and doing BJJ (gripping your opponent's kimono, your own hands, and so on), my fingers have taken a lot of abuse.

The one thing that has helped has been working on the antagonist gripping muscles.

We are used to squeezing, but we hardly ever have resistance when opening our fingers.

Get a rubber band (those regular office ones will do) and work on "reverse gripping". There's some ideas in this video, but you can experiment with different setups:





Your number of reps is not important, but it should feel light and you should be able to control the movement well. I used to keep bands on my desk at work and use them a few times a day.

When one rubber band feels too light, add another one.

You can also get a more professional one like these.

This is also very good for forearm pain.

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Have you tried the carnivore diet? There is lots of stories of people being healed of joint pain. http://meatheals.com/
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(04-23-2019 10:00 AM)Roosh Wrote:  I have also noticed my knees don't like it when I have to bend all the way down to the ground (to pick something up). This could be a sign of bodily joint inflammation.

Could also be muscle stiffness in the thigh area. The stiff muscle then pulls painfully on the knee joint whenever it is stretched beyond what it can comfortably take. I had that issue at one point, probably from doing squats without bothering to stretch. Managed to fix the problem with a thigh stretch routine.

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