Wrist pain, small wrists, prevention/wellness tips?

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    Apr 13, 2013 5:01 AM GMT
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    My wrist is 6 and 5/8 inches around. My dick is 6" around. My ankle is 9" around. My bicep is 14 and 1/4 inches around, flexed, 6 days after my last lift.

    Anyhow, I think my wrists are small, and the past 3 weeks I have felt arthritis (wrist joint pain) in my wrist. I only do a few cleans and clean n jerks with only like 135 lbs. I stand up on my bike a lot traveling to and from places, which I'm guessing puts weird shear stress on my wrists. Maybe it is from computer use? Sometimes I will do a handstand and that hurts, especially if they aren't warmed up.

    I'm really good about maintaining the rest of my body, ie shoulder joint and everything else. I'm just a bit lost when it comes to what I'm doing with my wrists that are causing this pain. I am only 27. it's too early to have this shit happen. I know I possibly could have rheumatoid arthritis because my grandmother had it and my dad has it a bit. I'm a bit scared because my life is based around physical activity and I personal train... I don't have time to see a doctor until maybe mid-May or until August because my internship is 40 hrs a week. We aren't allowed to miss time (I already missed time and had to make some up because I got the flu this year).

    So basically, I'm scared and would like ideas and help about wrist pain. I honestly don't understand why it is flaring up.
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    Apr 13, 2013 1:56 PM GMT
    If this has gone on for more than a few days, you should see a doctor. Maybe it is arthritis, maybe it is tendonitis, maybe it is something else. You just don't know.

    If this has gone on for more than a week and a half or so, you should definitely see a doctor despite a demanding work schedule. The doctor will probably order x-rays.

    If it goes on longer, don't waste time: see a certified sports medicine doctor.

    Meanwhile, I would rest and use a wrist splint (available at most drugstores). I recently had wrist pain and couldn't do a bicep curl with even small dumbbells. Rest and a wrist splint helped. However, if you continue to push yourself you could do significant damage. Your small problem could become a big, chronic problem.

    I know all about this. I have had shoulder tendonitis for about five weeks now and haven't worked out with weights during this period (a bummer, but a necessary precaution). X-rays came back normal, and I recently saw a sports medicine doctor. She confirmed it was shoulder tendonitis and prescribed physical therapy which I start in a couple of days. Meanwhile, she advised me not to work out with weights at this time; instead, I must do physical therapy. She believes that after four to six weeks of therapy I will be much better.

    I hope this helps.
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    Apr 13, 2013 2:18 PM GMT
    I'm 25 and yeah I have the same wrists. I grew up on a dairy farm and worked a lot with my hands and now feel arthritic type tension in my fingers and wrists. The biking technique you use places a lot of direct shock on your wrists from biking with the weight of your body on them adding further impact... I would definitely change that up man...and consult a doc
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    Apr 13, 2013 2:21 PM GMT
    Any internship that does not allow time to see a doctor aint worth having.Fuck that.Hope you feel better!Ryan and Ruben icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 13, 2013 3:58 PM GMT
    I find using EZ bar on anything which strains my wrists is a big help. Also, my wrists are 6 and 6/8 inches around, I just measured them! My ankle is 9, my bicep is 14 1/4 unflexed and I don't know about the other thing icon_neutral.gif
  • sonuus

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    Apr 13, 2013 4:02 PM GMT
    I had similar problem, after investigation I found out it was carpal tunnel syndrome,
    I tried all sorts of non surgical ways to reduce the pain, but only surgery helped me and now I am pain free in my wrist area!
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    Apr 13, 2013 4:28 PM GMT
    TonyC646 saidI'm 25 and yeah I have the same wrists. I grew up on a dairy farm and worked a lot with my hands and now feel arthritic type tension in my fingers and wrists. The biking technique you use places a lot of direct shock on your wrists from biking with the weight of your body on them adding further impact... I would definitely change that up man...and consult a doc


    I probably have 5-6 equivalent glasses of milk a day just because I use it as post-workout. I wonder if the calcium along with my 5000 IU of Vit D has anything to do with it.
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    Apr 13, 2013 4:32 PM GMT
    I get wrist pain as well, but I spend a good amount of time sitting at a computer for work, as well as from working out. From my workouts I think it was mostly attributed to my push-ups. There are some wrist stretches you can do that might alleviate the pain, this has helped me a bit.
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    Apr 13, 2013 4:36 PM GMT
    bluey2223 said
    TonyC646 saidI'm 25 and yeah I have the same wrists. I grew up on a dairy farm and worked a lot with my hands and now feel arthritic type tension in my fingers and wrists. The biking technique you use places a lot of direct shock on your wrists from biking with the weight of your body on them adding further impact... I would definitely change that up man...and consult a doc


    I probably have 5-6 equivalent glasses of milk a day just because I use it as post-workout. I wonder if the calcium along with my 5000 IU of Vit D has anything to do with it.


    Note: not a dictor. Just a few questions.

    Do you get GI pain ever? Ae you often thirsty? Do you go to the bathroom often? Do you often feel anxious or have trouble sleeping?

    (Self notice: if I do end up going to med, I really need a synonym for often...)
  • LJay

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    Apr 13, 2013 9:18 PM GMT
    This is when you go to a doctor and get a referral to a physical therapist who specializes in that area of the body.

    if you are actually serious about the whole thing, there is a excellent video thatvis worth your time to study. It is calling Freeing the Caged Bird by Barbara Lister-Sink. It is about injury preventive keyboard, as in piano, technique. Don't scoff. It shows the relationship and proper balance of muscles used in the shoulder, arm, and wrists and is very, very well done with illustrations. Amazing stuff. Try to understand that the principal source of energy for a pianist is in the shoulder and you will get the idea.
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    Apr 13, 2013 9:28 PM GMT
    Try masturbating with the other hand for a while.
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    Apr 13, 2013 10:26 PM GMT
    Your fear is that you will be at the gym and do something that will fracture your wrist. I fractured my wrist in 2010, and now am living post surgery with plates and screws holding me together. This is a good article on exercises you can use to strengthen your wrist. The exercises here are basically the same ones that my occupational therapist had me do everyday 4 times a day for 6 months, you will have the benefit of being able to use real weights and make it preventative.

    http://www.livestrong.com/article/22825-exercises-fractured-wrist/
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    Apr 13, 2013 11:06 PM GMT
    we have the same measurements.

    see a physiotherapist or sports medicine clinic. this may require a doctor's referral, depending on where you are. some places have evening or weekend appointments available at least once a week, but you have to book far in advance.

    you may have a repetitive stress injury, tendonitis, or arthritis. treatment for each of these is different, which is why you need to have it examined.

    good luck!


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    Apr 14, 2013 2:03 AM GMT
    As the others have said, definitely get a proper diagnosis, preferably from multiple sources. X-ray, MRI.
    I have had wrist and forearm pains for a long time. They're very difficult to rest, especially with the problems in both wrists, as I'm sure you know.
    When ready I'd suggest going to see a Feldenkrais or Alexander Technique practitioner to get help and advice repatterning your use of your body. For instance, when doing your handstands, how is your whole body engaged to support the action, and pour the weight into the ground? Are your hands turned in or out, and how does that affect the pressure in your wrists? Are you sinking in the wrists so the weight goes into the 'heel' or are you pressing through the knuckles and fingers? Are your elbows locked or bent, how far? Is the flesh of the elbows pointing inwards, or forward, and how does that change the structure of the scapulae? Etc. icon_smile.gif

    The piano video that LJay posted seems real cool, for working out whether your computer technique needs shifting. Just started watching.
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    Apr 14, 2013 2:24 AM GMT
    Drift saidAs the others have said, definitely get a proper diagnosis, preferably from multiple sources. X-ray, MRI.
    I have had wrist and forearm pains for a long time. They're very difficult to rest, especially with the problems in both wrists, as I'm sure you know.
    When ready I'd suggest going to see a Feldenkrais or Alexander Technique practitioner to get help and advice repatterning your use of your body. For instance, when doing your handstands, how is your whole body engaged to support the action, and pour the weight into the ground? Are your hands turned in or out, and how does that affect the pressure in your wrists? Are you sinking in the wrists so the weight goes into the 'heel' or are you pressing through the knuckles and fingers? Are your elbows locked or bent, how far? Is the flesh of the elbows pointing inwards, or forward, and how does that change the structure of the scapulae? Etc. icon_smile.gif

    The piano video that LJay posted seems real cool, for working out whether your computer technique needs shifting. Just started watching.


    Drift, the video incorporates a generous dose of Alexander Technique. It really is superb.

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    Apr 14, 2013 2:30 AM GMT
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    bluey2223 said
    TonyC646 saidI'm 25 and yeah I have the same wrists. I grew up on a dairy farm and worked a lot with my hands and now feel arthritic type tension in my fingers and wrists. The biking technique you use places a lot of direct shock on your wrists from biking with the weight of your body on them adding further impact... I would definitely change that up man...and consult a doc


    I probably have 5-6 equivalent glasses of milk a day just because I use it as post-workout. I wonder if the calcium along with my 5000 IU of Vit D has anything to do with it.


    Note: not a dictor. Just a few questions.

    Do you get GI pain ever? Ae you often thirsty? Do you go to the bathroom often? Do you often feel anxious or have trouble sleeping?

    (Self notice: if I do end up going to med, I really need a synonym for often...)


    I could answer yes to all these except GI pain, but I have generalized anxiety disorder and eat a high fiber diet, which involves thirst and peeing from that alone icon_smile.gif I don't think I have diabetes, but I do eat like one with the small frequent feedings.
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    Apr 14, 2013 2:35 AM GMT
    you think your wrist are small? icon_lol.gif come see my wrists/ i have some really small ass wrists.
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    Apr 14, 2013 3:06 AM GMT
    Bragging about your 6 inch dick.....Nice!
    LOL! just bustin'on ya'since no one else was...


    I got nothing new or unmentioned about your wrists though, good luck.
  • Medjai

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    Apr 15, 2013 6:59 AM GMT
    bluey2223 saidI could answer yes to all these except GI pain, but I have generalized anxiety disorder and eat a high fiber diet, which involves thirst and peeing from that alone icon_smile.gif I don't think I have diabetes, but I do eat like one with the small frequent feedings.


    All of the symptoms I listed are also symptoms of hypercalcemia, commonly caused by Vitamin D toxicity. The dose you're taking is too high for something fat soluble, especially on an extended timeframe.

    It's impossible to diagnose without a blood test. However you have two choices: cut back on the dietary Vitamin D and see if it helps, or power through until you can see a doctor to run blood work to confirm.

    This is just the first thing that came to mind for me. It could also be bad joints, which I also have. I'm very prone to ganglion cysts in the wrist joint, so I have to watch out.
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    Apr 17, 2013 2:58 AM GMT
    Medjai said
    bluey2223 saidI could answer yes to all these except GI pain, but I have generalized anxiety disorder and eat a high fiber diet, which involves thirst and peeing from that alone icon_smile.gif I don't think I have diabetes, but I do eat like one with the small frequent feedings.


    All of the symptoms I listed are also symptoms of hypercalcemia, commonly caused by Vitamin D toxicity. The dose you're taking is too high for something fat soluble, especially on an extended timeframe.

    It's impossible to diagnose without a blood test. However you have two choices: cut back on the dietary Vitamin D and see if it helps, or power through until you can see a doctor to run blood work to confirm.

    This is just the first thing that came to mind for me. It could also be bad joints, which I also have. I'm very prone to ganglion cysts in the wrist joint, so I have to watch out.


    Yea but 1) supplements aren't even guaranteed to have the amount stated in them and 2) you are aware about all the research on vitamin D and the lack of a set upper limit on it? It's implicated in a lot of anticancer research, and since I have plenty of that coming at me from my family, I'm proactive on that. Not to mention I spend 8-5 inside everyday and rarely get some rays. Vitamin D council says 40000 IU is the UL, per day, for many months. I get 5000 IU.
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    Apr 17, 2013 2:59 AM GMT
    (Taking notes)
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    Apr 17, 2013 3:00 AM GMT
    scaredmidget saidyou think your wrist are small? icon_lol.gif come see my wrists/ i have some really small ass wrists.


    I know mine are like 6" ugh. Can't even wear a watch because they look ridiculous.
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    Apr 17, 2013 3:17 AM GMT
    bluey2223 saidYea but 1) supplements aren't even guaranteed to have the amount stated in them and 2) you are aware about all the research on vitamin D and the lack of a set upper limit on it? It's implicated in a lot of anticancer research, and since I have plenty of that coming at me from my family, I'm proactive on that. Not to mention I spend 8-5 inside everyday and rarely get some rays. Vitamin D council says 40000 IU is the UL, per day, for many months. I get 5000 IU.


    Everything you said is true, it's just what I first considered. Whenever someone supplements with a chronic high dose of a fat soluble vitamin, they'll eventually hit toxicity levels, so it should be considered. Even taking 100UI over the recommended daily max will eventually concentrate to a toxic level.

    It might not be this, but if you're going to a doctor about this (which you should be anyways, even if its for a specialist referral), you may as well get a quick blood panel run to rule out any imbalances. Joint pain is a really common issue with nutritional excess or deficiency anyways, so it's a good thing to rule out.

    However, a specialist would be good to see either way. Oddly, the specialist that deals with wrists is plastic surgeons, so get a referral to one. They'll do some X-rays, and see if its carpal tunnel, tendinitis, arthritis, cysts, etc. and recommend an appropriate treatment. I see mine once a year to check up on my wrists.
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    Apr 17, 2013 6:06 PM GMT
    ^ He could get his vitamin D levels tested, then he'd know. Even taking 6000 IU of D-3 a day didn't put me anywhere near a toxic level, and I've cut back to 4000. Emerging consensus (though still controversial) is that RDAs of D-3 are way too low.

    I agree, get a referral to a sports doctor. Here, the right one would be an orthopedic surgeon, they all have affiliated physical therapists.

    And this:

    bluey2223 said I don't have time to see a doctor until maybe mid-May or until August because my internship is 40 hrs a week. We aren't allowed to miss time (I already missed time and had to make some up because I got the flu this year).


    ... is horseshit. If you need to see a doctor, find or make time to see a doctor. You don't wait for a month, or worse four months, while something might be getting progressively worse.


    I just got back from my appointment with my new p.t. a couple of hours ago. He was really cute, I had to consciously not look at him much. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 25, 2013 9:18 PM GMT
    I think I'm sleeping on it funny. I thought it was my mouse. I'm pretty sure it's because I sleep with it hyperextended underneath my pillow, under my head.