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mysterious wrist pain
  1. #1
    Jane Guest

    Default mysterious wrist pain

    I wonder if anyone has had something like this. The doctor is
    baffled:

    I woke up one morning and when I moved my hand I got a severe, sharp
    pain in my wrist. It was in the upper wrist on the side under the
    pinky. Moving my thumb made it worse, but twisting or any upward
    movement of the hand also caused pain - very bad pain.

    The orthopedist took x-rays and an MRI. All negative. He figured it
    was tendonitis and had me use a brace full time for a month. At the
    end of the month it was improving.

    I am going to PT and it has improved a bit more but not much. The
    pain still occurs when I twist the wrong way or over use the hand, but
    not as severely. I can use the hand most of the time but have to wear
    a wrist wrap.

    The mystery is, every morning when I wake up the pain is back and
    almost as bad as it was the first time. After icing it, it feels
    better. As the day goes on it feels a bit better, provided I don't
    aggravate it by doing something stupid. I tried sleeping with the
    brace, without it, with the wrap. Pain is still the same in the
    morning. When I sleep my hand and arm are not twisted or under
    anything.

    Now they don't think it's tendonitis but have no idea what it might
    be. Apparently the fact that moving the thumb upward causes pain on
    that side is unusual.

    All this started 3 months ago.


  2. #2
    Navy Guest

    Default Re: mysterious wrist pain

    Is it your main hand? I am right-handed and I have it in my right wrist.
    I've gone through the same thing - they call it tendonitis. I've tried
    using the brace which helps some but sure gets in the way at the computer.
    Trouble with the brace is, I usually forget it until the wrist twinges
    again! LOL ouch!

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    Navy
    Take out the FISH to email me.
    "Jane" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    >I wonder if anyone has had something like this. The doctor is
    > baffled:
    >
    > I woke up one morning and when I moved my hand I got a severe, sharp
    > pain in my wrist. It was in the upper wrist on the side under the
    > pinky. Moving my thumb made it worse, but twisting or any upward
    > movement of the hand also caused pain - very bad pain.
    >
    > The orthopedist took x-rays and an MRI. All negative. He figured it
    > was tendonitis and had me use a brace full time for a month. At the
    > end of the month it was improving.
    >
    > I am going to PT and it has improved a bit more but not much. The
    > pain still occurs when I twist the wrong way or over use the hand, but
    > not as severely. I can use the hand most of the time but have to wear
    > a wrist wrap.
    >
    > The mystery is, every morning when I wake up the pain is back and
    > almost as bad as it was the first time. After icing it, it feels
    > better. As the day goes on it feels a bit better, provided I don't
    > aggravate it by doing something stupid. I tried sleeping with the
    > brace, without it, with the wrap. Pain is still the same in the
    > morning. When I sleep my hand and arm are not twisted or under
    > anything.
    >
    > Now they don't think it's tendonitis but have no idea what it might
    > be. Apparently the fact that moving the thumb upward causes pain on
    > that side is unusual.
    >
    > All this started 3 months ago.
    >




  3. #3
    Jane Guest

    Default Re: mysterious wrist pain

    On Aug 18, 6:46 pm, "Navy" <medical23SkidooF...@sc.rr.com> wrote:
    > Is it your main hand? I am right-handed and I have it in my right wrist.
    > I've gone through the same thing - they call it tendonitis. I've tried
    > using the brace which helps some but sure gets in the way at the computer.
    > Trouble with the brace is, I usually forget it until the wrist twinges
    > again! LOL ouch!
    >
    > --
    > Navy
    > Take out the FISH to email me."Jane" <googlemail2...@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    >
    > news:[email protected] oups.com...
    >
    > >I wonder if anyone has had something like this. The doctor is
    > > baffled:

    >
    > > I woke up one morning and when I moved my hand I got a severe, sharp
    > > pain in my wrist. It was in the upper wrist on the side under the
    > > pinky. Moving my thumb made it worse, but twisting or any upward
    > > movement of the hand also caused pain - very bad pain.

    >
    > > The orthopedist took x-rays and an MRI. All negative. He figured it
    > > was tendonitis and had me use a brace full time for a month. At the
    > > end of the month it was improving.

    >
    > > I am going to PT and it has improved a bit more but not much. The
    > > pain still occurs when I twist the wrong way or over use the hand, but
    > > not as severely. I can use the hand most of the time but have to wear
    > > a wrist wrap.

    >
    > > The mystery is, every morning when I wake up the pain is back and
    > > almost as bad as it was the first time. After icing it, it feels
    > > better. As the day goes on it feels a bit better, provided I don't
    > > aggravate it by doing something stupid. I tried sleeping with the
    > > brace, without it, with the wrap. Pain is still the same in the
    > > morning. When I sleep my hand and arm are not twisted or under
    > > anything.

    >
    > > Now they don't think it's tendonitis but have no idea what it might
    > > be. Apparently the fact that moving the thumb upward causes pain on
    > > that side is unusual.

    >
    > > All this started 3 months ago.


    Yes it's my main hand. The brace is so constricting that I tend not
    to use it, although I have to put it on when I first wake up because
    the pain is so bad.

    Does yours hurt more in the morning?


  4. #4
    Thumper Guest

    Default Re: mysterious wrist pain

    On Sat, 18 Aug 2007 17:26:10 -0700, Jane <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >On Aug 18, 6:46 pm, "Navy" <medical23SkidooF...@sc.rr.com> wrote:
    >> Is it your main hand? I am right-handed and I have it in my right wrist.
    >> I've gone through the same thing - they call it tendonitis. I've tried
    >> using the brace which helps some but sure gets in the way at the computer.
    >> Trouble with the brace is, I usually forget it until the wrist twinges
    >> again! LOL ouch!
    >>
    >> --
    >> Navy
    >> Take out the FISH to email me."Jane" <googlemail2...@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    >>
    >> news:[email protected] oups.com...
    >>
    >> >I wonder if anyone has had something like this. The doctor is
    >> > baffled:

    >>
    >> > I woke up one morning and when I moved my hand I got a severe, sharp
    >> > pain in my wrist. It was in the upper wrist on the side under the
    >> > pinky. Moving my thumb made it worse, but twisting or any upward
    >> > movement of the hand also caused pain - very bad pain.

    >>
    >> > The orthopedist took x-rays and an MRI. All negative. He figured it
    >> > was tendonitis and had me use a brace full time for a month. At the
    >> > end of the month it was improving.

    >>
    >> > I am going to PT and it has improved a bit more but not much. The
    >> > pain still occurs when I twist the wrong way or over use the hand, but
    >> > not as severely. I can use the hand most of the time but have to wear
    >> > a wrist wrap.

    >>
    >> > The mystery is, every morning when I wake up the pain is back and
    >> > almost as bad as it was the first time. After icing it, it feels
    >> > better. As the day goes on it feels a bit better, provided I don't
    >> > aggravate it by doing something stupid. I tried sleeping with the
    >> > brace, without it, with the wrap. Pain is still the same in the
    >> > morning. When I sleep my hand and arm are not twisted or under
    >> > anything.

    >>
    >> > Now they don't think it's tendonitis but have no idea what it might
    >> > be. Apparently the fact that moving the thumb upward causes pain on
    >> > that side is unusual.

    >>
    >> > All this started 3 months ago.

    >
    >Yes it's my main hand. The brace is so constricting that I tend not
    >to use it, although I have to put it on when I first wake up because
    >the pain is so bad.
    >
    >Does yours hurt more in the morning?



    Are you seeing a rheumatologist?
    Having Ra has taught me to expect to be surprised by different pains.
    Sometimes they stay for weeks and sometimes they move on in days.
    There is no rhyme or reason as to where it will strike next.
    Thumper

  5. #5
    janers Guest

    Default Re: mysterious wrist pain

    Had the same thing and was told it was Carpel Tunnel syndrome. After awhile and use of a brace
    and more medrol, it stopped being so painful. I have episodes of it now but not as bad as
    first time it hit.

    Did they mention carpel tunnel syndrome?

    If it is like the tendonitis in my ankle and foot, a brace helps then don't then does then
    don't. It has to do with the severity of the tendonitis. You get it under control with steriods
    and then lower steriods and it hits again.

    good luck but ask about CTS

    janers
    And sorry thumper if you got this post I had hit the REPLY and not to group. My fault duh



  6. #6
    ANN M Guest

    Default Re: mysterious wrist pain

    I tend to agree with Thumper that it's probably part and parcel of the
    roaming RA. I wear braces on both wrists (the kind where your thumb is
    immobilized) to bed at night when flaring and when it's really bad I
    will wear a brace during the day. You really should check out CTS
    though because that can usually be fixed.

    Ann


  7. #7
    Navy Guest

    Default Re: mysterious wrist pain

    It's not carpel tunnel syndrome because the pain is on the outer side of the
    hand into the little finger. I've had CTS in both hands and had surgery on
    them. There is some tenderness on the outside of the left hand, but nothing
    like the right hand. I can't take prednisone, so that eliminates that help.
    I was just glad to hear some one else had the "mystery pain". LOL

    --
    Navy
    Take out the FISH to email me.
    "janers" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:BIKdnQ339JD4N1rbnZ2dnUVZ_sSlnZ2d@br[email protected]. .
    > Had the same thing and was told it was Carpel Tunnel syndrome. After
    > awhile and use of a brace
    > and more medrol, it stopped being so painful. I have episodes of it now
    > but not as bad as
    > first time it hit.
    >
    > Did they mention carpel tunnel syndrome?
    >
    > If it is like the tendonitis in my ankle and foot, a brace helps then
    > don't then does then
    > don't. It has to do with the severity of the tendonitis. You get it under
    > control with steriods
    > and then lower steriods and it hits again.
    >
    > good luck but ask about CTS
    >
    > janers
    > And sorry thumper if you got this post I had hit the REPLY and not to
    > group. My fault duh
    >
    >




  8. #8
    Karen P Guest

    Default Re: mysterious wrist pain

    it could be a problem with your ulnar nerve. have you had an emg done

    Karen

    "Navy" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:46c84feb$0$18931$[email protected]..
    > It's not carpel tunnel syndrome because the pain is on the outer side of
    > the hand into the little finger. I've had CTS in both hands and had
    > surgery on them. There is some tenderness on the outside of the left
    > hand, but nothing like the right hand. I can't take prednisone, so that
    > eliminates that help. I was just glad to hear some one else had the
    > "mystery pain". LOL
    >
    > --
    > Navy
    > Take out the FISH to email me.
    > "janers" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]. .
    >> Had the same thing and was told it was Carpel Tunnel syndrome. After
    >> awhile and use of a brace
    >> and more medrol, it stopped being so painful. I have episodes of it now
    >> but not as bad as
    >> first time it hit.
    >>
    >> Did they mention carpel tunnel syndrome?
    >>
    >> If it is like the tendonitis in my ankle and foot, a brace helps then
    >> don't then does then
    >> don't. It has to do with the severity of the tendonitis. You get it under
    >> control with steriods
    >> and then lower steriods and it hits again.
    >>
    >> good luck but ask about CTS
    >>
    >> janers
    >> And sorry thumper if you got this post I had hit the REPLY and not to
    >> group. My fault duh
    >>
    >>

    >
    >




  9. #9
    Navy Guest

    Default Re: mysterious wrist pain

    That's a possibility. I'll ask my doctor about it. My mother had that
    problem, but her shoulder hurt, not her hand.

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    "Karen P" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > it could be a problem with your ulnar nerve. have you had an emg done
    >
    > Karen
    >
    > "Navy" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:46c84feb$0$18931$[email protected]..
    >> It's not carpel tunnel syndrome because the pain is on the outer side of
    >> the hand into the little finger. I've had CTS in both hands and had
    >> surgery on them. There is some tenderness on the outside of the left
    >> hand, but nothing like the right hand. I can't take prednisone, so that
    >> eliminates that help. I was just glad to hear some one else had the
    >> "mystery pain". LOL
    >>
    >> --
    >> Navy
    >> Take out the FISH to email me.
    >> "janers" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:[email protected]. .
    >>> Had the same thing and was told it was Carpel Tunnel syndrome. After
    >>> awhile and use of a brace
    >>> and more medrol, it stopped being so painful. I have episodes of it now
    >>> but not as bad as
    >>> first time it hit.
    >>>
    >>> Did they mention carpel tunnel syndrome?
    >>>
    >>> If it is like the tendonitis in my ankle and foot, a brace helps then
    >>> don't then does then
    >>> don't. It has to do with the severity of the tendonitis. You get it
    >>> under control with steriods
    >>> and then lower steriods and it hits again.
    >>>
    >>> good luck but ask about CTS
    >>>
    >>> janers
    >>> And sorry thumper if you got this post I had hit the REPLY and not to
    >>> group. My fault duh
    >>>
    >>>

    >>
    >>

    >
    >




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