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Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by pressure on your median nerve. This is what gives you feeling in your thumb and all your fingers except your pinky. When the nerve goes through your wrist, it passes through the carpal tunnel -- a narrow path that’s made of bone and ligament.
Tennis elbow, also known in medical terms as lateral epicondylitis, is a painful condition to the lateral aspect of the elbow. It was first described by a physician over a hundred years ago who cared for a bunch of tennis players in a British lawn tennis club. Today, most patients who develop lateral epicondylitis, or tennis elbow, aren’t in fact tennis players or have anything to do, in fact, with tennis. But the condition is ubiquitously diagnosed by pain over the lateral epicondyle, which is a small bone on the outside of the elbow.
Symptoms from arthritis at the base of the thumb usually come on slowly, although some patients experience it rather abruptly. They may be doing an activity that causes some impact in the thumb, they may fall onto their thumb, and all of a sudden their thumb is sore, only to see their doctor and be given a diagnosis of arthritis.