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#1 summer

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Posted 27 May 2010 - 06:09 PM

Hi, I woke up this morning to an excruciating pain in my right thumb.
It is in the webbed part of the thumb,and when I try and feel around that part of the thumb, it feels like there is a lump there. It is very painful to touch, it can feel hot at times, it is mildly swollen.
I haven't been bitten by anything, and I don't have an injury.

Just wondering whether this is normal for Systemic Scleroderma.

Many thanks
Summer

#2 Sheryl

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Posted 28 May 2010 - 12:51 AM

No real clues on your situation Summer. You could possibly try taking a portion of a styrofoam coffee cup and wrapping it around an ice cube. I use the styrofoam to protect the fingers on my other hand. Using the ice just on that small area might take some of the swelling and inflammation down. You could have been bitten while you slept. It sure seems like we do get so many strange quirky things that happen to us. You could also put on some simple antibiotic ointment just in case that might help, or an ointment that provides heat or coldness, and don't continue to play or mess with it afterwards. Otherwise keep an eye on it for a few days and see if anything else develops. Remember we aren't doctors we can only offer suggestions that may or may not even begin to help. Let us know if you find out what caused it or how you ended up getting rid of it. Everything we learn from each other, helps us to help others.
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Posted 31 May 2010 - 10:51 PM

Hi Summer,
I hope you are feeling better! From your description, it sounds like it might be calcinosis..
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Posted 03 June 2010 - 05:52 PM

Thanks Sheryl and Hazeltree for responding to my post.

Hazeltree, I hope it isn't Calcinosis, the lump is still there, it is moveable, feels like a cyst. As mentioned before it is in the webbed part of the thumb, except now, it is rising to the top slightly of the skin. Extremely painful to touch.

Do you know whether an xray would be able to show if it is Calcinosis?.

Thanking you in advance

Summer

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Posted 04 June 2010 - 02:14 AM

Summer, it sure wouldn't hurt to have it looked at. It could be anything from a ganglion cyst, to calcinosis or just a calcium deposit of some sort. If it is painful then something isn't right so have it checked out and let us know the outcome of your doctor's visit.
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