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Laura asked...

Thumb joint pain

My upper thumb joint has been painful for about a month now and in the last couple of days has been popping every time I bend it. It's not excruciating pain but uncomfortable and using my mouse at work is bad. My doctor has just given me anti-inflammatories. Is there anything else I can do? I have AXA PPP cover.

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The answer

This may be a repetitive strain injury and regular use of the anti-inflammatory medication will help in time, usually with 2-3 weeks you will have some improvement. You may also look into reviewing your work space with your Occupational Health nurse to see if any changes can be made to help you if diagnosis is confirmed. You can also check with your claims team on cover for this and referral to a private specialist if needed. 

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