Calcium Deposits

by Terri

I have calcium deposits on both thumbs. I asked my doctor what causes these and his response was, "You work for a living. They will go away when you retire." That wasn't the explanation I was looking for. What truly causes calcium deposits and what, if anything, can be done to get rid of them?

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by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Terri,

So, can you give me some more information about these calcium deposits...

What they look like
How they started
What is your diagnosis
What they look like...

Is it a thickening of the tendon... Vs
are their calcium chunks growing on the bone?

What is your lifestyle like that caused them. ie: what type of work do you do, etc.

How old are you.

Any more information would be helpful. I've also enlisted the help of my partner from The Tendonitis Expert Website as he is actually more of an expert on this than I am and is happy to help. So, I'll be passing on your answers to him as well.

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune System Queen
Functional Medicine Practitioner
Easy Immune

Calcium Deposits
by: Terri

My diagnoses are: Hypothyroidism and vitamin D deficiency. I take Synthroid and 5000 IU vitamin D3 daily. There are "hard knots" on the joint where my thumb bends.

I just noticed these "knots" one day. There is no soreness or redness involved. My job consists of writing and using the computer. I do both of these activities equally as often. I will provide any additional info. that you may need.

I am 50 years old.

How did you get diagnosed...
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

1) How did you get diagnosed. Did you get diagnosed on an X ray or did your doctor simply look at them and say, "You have calcium deposits".

Do they bother you or cause you pain?

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune System Queen
Functional Medicine Practitioner
Easy Immune

by: Terri

My doctor looked at them and immediately said, "They are calcium deposits."

They are not painful.

Smooth bone growth or small, chunky bits of calcium deposit?
by: The Tendonitis Expert

Hello Terri,

Kerri asked me to put in my two cents here and from what I can see so far, I -think- what you are describing is that your bones/joints seem to be growing/changing. Not painful, not red, just like there's some new growth happening in there.

Would you say that's true?

If so the question then becomes, how fast did this new growth occur? If it's a slow gradual growth, it's not great or optimal, but it's not necessarily a problem.

Retiring isn't likely to make it go away. I don't know what your doctor's smoking there, but I agree with you that it wasn't a particularly helpful thing to say to you.

Changing your work a little bit, adding some variety to how you type and such will help. Get 2-3 different keyboards and alternate between them regularly.

I'm still not exactly sure what you're trying to describe.

There's either smooth, bone/joint growth, or chunky, brittle growth (like coral, kind of, lumpy and small bits of calcium deposit).

Which of those two does it feel more like to you?

Joshua Tucker
The Tendonitis Expert

Calcium Deposits
by: Terri

I think the growth was probably gradual, I just didn't notice it until it became the size of a pea. It seems to be smooth, just one solid lump. They are not bothersome or painful, just very ugly and I feel as though they are very noticeable to others.

Calcium deposits, magnesium, and grinding them away
by: The Tendonitis Expert

Hi Terri.

You say 'they', so I'll take that to mean multiple pea sized lumps.

From a medical perspective, if they don't hurt and don't cause you any problems, no doctor is going to be concerned about these.

Maybe you could find a doctor to surgically remove them, but that's likely more trouble and pain than it's worth, and they'll likely come back, slower or faster.

I do wonder why they're showing up. Sometimes, they just do.

And, potentially you are magnesium deficient, which can cause the body to push extra calcium to places like tendons, Calcific Tendonitis. See Kerri's Magnesium Dosage page and if you're not already, supplement with Magnesium.

You may even want to try Magnesium Oil, even though you aren't in pain, if it's a magnesium deficiency thing, that may help stop and possibly reverse the increase in calcium.

Possibly you are placing too much stress on the fingers and the body is attempting to make your structure 'stronger'. Like I said earlier, start varying how you type and use your hands.

And I doubt that you could rub the deposits and to help them go away, but it's worth a shot. If nothing else, if you start massaging them and pushing the edge of pain while you do it, you can break up new formation.

That will be worth experimenting with.

Joshua Tucker
The Tendonitis Expert

Calcium Deposits
by: Terri

When I say "they" I mean that I have one on each thumb. I am now taking magnesium, so maybe that will help.

Thanks so much for your help.

Calcification in finger joints.
by: barbara

Hi I’m retired and have developed calcium deposits in 2 of my fingers.
After being told by my doctor that there is nothing to be done, I started taking liquid magnesium, 2 ml a day. I also massage the deposits while I am watching tv.
After a month the results are visible. The largest deposit was reduced in size and the others have stopped growing.
I can’t say if it’s the magnesium or the massage but I intend to continue with both.
Hope this is helpful.sprite

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