I have a pain in my left hand, in the ball of my thumb. It has been getting worse over last two months or so. Now there is a perceptible bump at the base of my thumb on the palm side jusst above the wrist. I am going to the doctor next week, and will probably get an X-ray ordered but I would like some possibilities of what it could be, perhaps? maybe from least scary to most scary?
nothing but Advil
Hi, Likely causes of your pain are trauma, arthritis, dequervain's, carpal tunnel, tendinitis. I don't think you need to worry about this too much. I do recommend the x-ray to see if it is some sort of trauma or arthritis. You may also need a good physical exam to see if it is carpal tunnel or a sort of tendinitis. I recommend that you continue taking pain relievers as needed and you can also try a night wrist splint which stabilizes the thumb nightly in the meantime.Regards.
MBBS. General Practitioner, experienced in hospital care and primary care.