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What is causing my left thumb and middle finger joint to pop

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What is causing my left thumb and middle finger joint to pop out. It is worse after sleeping all night. When I bend them, the joint moves sideways.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr.Tiwari replied 8 years ago.
Will you please reply some questions-
1.Are you feeling any pain or swelling in the joints of fingers?
2.Which joint is affected?
3.Is there any history of trauma?
Please reply.
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
There is no swelling but it hurts a little bit from popping back and forth, not very much. It is the joint closest to my wrist on my thumb and on my middle finger. I can't think of any trauma to my hand. The joint actually moves a little sideways then back.
Expert:  Dr.Tiwari replied 8 years ago.
By looking at your description it looks that you may be having arthritis of the first metacarpocarpal joint.You should do following to have relief -
1.Apply a local analgesic ointment three times a day.
2.Do warm water fomentation over it for three times a day.
3.Take a mild analgesic with anti inflammatory drug like advil.
4.Start taking cartilage modifying drugs like glucosamine,chondroitin & diacerin.
5.Avoid strenuous activities with your thumb.
6.Ypu may have splint or a soft crepe bandage over your joint & thumb.
Hope this will be helpful.
Customer: replied 8 years ago.

I have never heard of arthritis causing popping of joints in and out. There is pain but only from the popping in and out. Everytime I bend my thumb it is popping out of joint.

Expert:  Dr.Tiwari replied 8 years ago.
The popping may be associated due to your ligament laxity of joint due to age & you do hurt due to occuring changes in your cartilage.You may confirm by having x ray of your joint.
    Popping is associated with arthritis as in arthritis there is feature which is bone overgrowth which leads to shift the joints more nearer & thus causing apparent lengthening of the ligaments & thus popping.
Hope this will help you.
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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
With arthritis, there is usually stiffness, quite a lot of pain, etc. I have none of that. And is this going to pop out the rest of my life?
Expert:  Dr.Tiwari replied 8 years ago.
In early stages of the arthritis pain & swelling are the first usual symptoms & at the first metacarpocarpal joint you may not easily differentiate swelling.
    Popping will not be there if you take proper drugs & precaution.
Hope this will help you.