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2/4/12 8:19 P

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Thanks for everyone's advise. I thought I was alone with this problem. I did see my doctor. Initial response was tendonitis but insisted on x-ray to make sure no fractures. X-ray is normal. After reading everyone's posts, I now believe it's my handlebars. I ride a mountain bike and constantly lean on them even though I am not "gripping" them. While riding today (yes, I rode today with hand periodically on lap or at my side), I focused on the source of the problem. There is a constant vibration that is absorbed in the hand. My leaning on it intensifies the pain. Will look into the ergonomic design.
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I had those same symptoms about 2 weeks ago. The pain was such that I had to visit my Doctor. He diagnosed it as tendonitis caused by over-use. He prescribed some medicine that I am still taking. The pain is almost gone. I would recommend that you visit your Doctor. Good luck.

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2/3/12 11:17 P

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Sounds like you need to have your hand position adjusted. Check with your LBS for a fitting.

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2/3/12 11:00 P

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My sister had wrist and thumb surgery. She had a physical therapist help her to position herself so she doesn't press on her wrists. I think I recall the core muscles needing to be strong. The other thing to think about is a professional bike fitting.

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2/3/12 9:58 P

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Is that from your road bike or your mountain bike?
Me too!!!! from my mountain bike. Same pain you describe.

I had thumb tendonitis from riding my mountain bike with its "round" grips and straight handlebars. The pain was in the thumb joint close to my hand.
Mine was cured, YAY!!!!!, by changing my straight handlebars to ones with a slight curve and buying ergonomic handlebar grips with "cow horns."
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(I also discovered that my knitting was really aggravating my thumb, although you probably don't knit.)

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2/3/12 9:40 P

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You may have pinched a nerve. In particular the palm of the hand has two nerves that can be pinched by excessive pressure, median and the ulnar nerves. If you don't already have gloves with padding for these sensitive areas...do your body a big favor and spring for a pair. The big name brands Perl Izumi, Louis Garneau! Sugoi to name a few all have product lines that include the special padding. They cost a bit more but they're well worth it and they look sexy too.

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2/3/12 9:22 P

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I've been tolerating pain at the base of my thumb over the past several months whenever I ride. I thought it was because I needed new gloves with extra padding. It has become more and more painful to hold the handle and change gears. So, I had an x-ray as I thought I had a fracture. But x-ray is normal. Is there a glove out there that absorbs vibrations? Or do should my front shocks be replaced? I would appreciate any thoughts.
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