Wrist pain

  • GoodPup

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    Nov 20, 2008 5:55 AM GMT
    So I know the smart and obvious answer is that I should go see my doctor... but just curiou what your thoughts are.

    Back when I was 13 I broke my wrist... and ever since have had minor pain and problems. Not nearly as much flexibility. If I do normal pushups with flat palms on the ground I get killer pain for a few days. So I changed that to push ups on my knucles so the wrist bends minimally.

    But, I can't prevent all flexion in the wrist. With my job there are some things I need to lift that has been causing a lot of pain. Any time my wrist bends back with any weight on it I get a terrible pain the following day that lasts for 2-3 days. Monday I did it again and tonight I have that terrible pain with any movement of the wrist and it radiates into my fingers.

    Any idea what I could do to help eliminate or reduce the pain??? It seems to only be getting worse each time something happens so wondering what might make it better.
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    Nov 20, 2008 7:48 AM GMT
    Yah, I think it you need to see a doctor. I've never broken anything on my body, but I believe all the people I've known with extensive injuries have had to have shots - cortisone? Have you tried a brace during work or exercise - another reason to see a doc; he can provide the right kind of brace info.

    On a side note, that must kill on your "private time." I guess you have the other wrist to provide "relief," but it would drive me crazy if it was my preferred hand. icon_wink.gif
  • GoodPup

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    Nov 20, 2008 7:56 AM GMT
    HA! I was curious how long before a jacking off joke would come from this.... first reply, even faster than I thought. LOL

    But yeah, I never go to my doctor... only have seen her like 4 times ever. So I just hate going unless I gotta. Being 26 and having this for 13 years... I don't think of it as a big priority, just annoying.

    Hmm... maybe I should look up arthritis info. If I had to describe the type of pain, that's what comes to mind. Its not muscular or like joint... so, maybe its something like that...?
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    Nov 20, 2008 8:35 AM GMT
    It does sound like something for a physician to look at. But FYI arthritis pain is usually strong when you're "cold" or just starting to move from rest. It fades as you warm up a joint. If the pain gets stronger with motion, then it's probably something else.
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    Nov 20, 2008 9:22 AM GMT
    See an orthopedist, who will probably have x-rays taken.
  • RSportsguy

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    Nov 20, 2008 10:12 AM GMT
    I broke my wrist in 2 places when I was 16 playing football. It took 3 days for the swelling to get controlled for them to set it. My wrist never healed properly. I have very little flexibility in it. I cannot put out my palm flat. (It makes it hard when you are right handed and the cashier hands you change and you instinctively use that hand). I don't hold a fork the same way that others do either. I have to adjust my lifting so my wrist does not get sore. I would see a specialist. You are still very young and they might have a solution for you!! Good Luck!! icon_biggrin.gif
  • MikemikeMike

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    Nov 21, 2008 6:22 AM GMT
    that was kinda funny.

    Seriously I had a Marcy wrist trainer, not sure if they still make them. It helped increase power in raquet sports, golf and baseball swings.

    Also try push up bars, alot less pain than knuckle push ups. Those are 11-12 bucks in Models or Sports Authority store for got which one I bought a pair from? They work!

    Hope it helps. The important thing is you get back to doing them pain free.

    mike3
  • MikemikeMike

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    Nov 21, 2008 6:26 AM GMT
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    If you get one start out on a low setting little or no resistance, them move up. If still causing pain. Def see a Dr. Maybe you reinjured it lifting?

  • ArmsandLegs

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    Nov 21, 2008 6:38 AM GMT
    What you are describing sounds like carpal tunnel syndrome. That is where the tendons in your wrist become inflammed and put pressure on your median nerve. NSAID's and ice should do the trick for short term immediate relief, but a brace should be worn in order to take the pressure off of the tendons. You should see a physician to make sure there is noo actual nerve damage that is a left over from when you broke it. Also if it becomes bad enough, they can do surgery on the wrist... although it isn't anything too invasive from what I've heard and been taught. They just go in a cut the actual "Carpal Tunnel" to provide extra space for the tendons to swell when they get inflammed so they don't pinch the nerve.

    Good luck.
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    Nov 21, 2008 7:38 AM GMT
    I Flipped off my bike in high school broke both wrists, They did't even swell up. I went to the doctor a week later and had two casts. Also had two broken feet. one year it was the the right , then the left. They all healed but as i got older they hurt like hell some days. Pushups hurt and wrist curls hurt. weight lifting does to but i work thur the pain. When the weather changes It can hurt also on cold or rainy days.. Not sure it help you. but if you get it checked out and they say its nothing.. At least you know its nothing.
  • GoodPup

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    Nov 21, 2008 9:03 AM GMT
    I thought that maybe Carpal Tunnel could be it... just started looking it up and it says pain is not a symptom but rather numbness.

    Hmm... I guess I'll finally do it and go see my doctor. But I know she's probably gonna start prying about other things. haha!
  • MikemikeMike

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    Nov 25, 2008 1:08 AM GMT
    Like your prostate exam??
  • GoodPup

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    Nov 25, 2008 1:44 AM GMT
    No... avoiding seeing her cause she wants to put me on blood pressure medication. haha!
  • MikemikeMike

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    Nov 25, 2008 8:31 AM GMT
    Bet if you got yourself to a healthy 185 32 waist, and did regular cardio exercise- you wouldn't need the meds at all!! If you lived closer. I'd be your PT for free just to prove my point. Six months you can do it!!!!
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    Nov 25, 2008 4:34 PM GMT
    Doctors can't really do much as far as solving problems with physical pain. Doctors practice medicine. They'll probably give you pills to stop the pain, and tell you some sort of generic "Don't do any lifting for 6 weeks" bullshit.
    If you decide to see a doctor, make sure they give you tests such as an x-ray for any bone problems, or an EMG to test for nerve damage.

    Being as you've broken your wrist in the past, I doubt this would be a sign of carpal tunnel syndrome. CTS is a repetitive stress injury, and causes your hands to go numb from cutting off nerves.

    How often do you stretch your wrists? I've had problems with my wrists for about 10 or so years now. It started when I used to skate, and would fall down on my wrists. With proper stretching and a bit of massage, the pain is prevented. When the wrists are sore / inflamed, a combination of stretching and ice generally do the trick.

    For pushups, I do them on my knuckles if I'm at the gym, and at home I got myself the "pushup pro" exercisers. I'd recommend the "perfect pushup" if you have the money for it though. It's twice the price of the pushup pro, but a much more fluid movement, and more comfortable handles.
  • GoodPup

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    Nov 25, 2008 10:31 PM GMT
    MikemikeMike saidBet if you got yourself to a healthy 185 32 waist, and did regular cardio exercise- you wouldn't need the meds at all!! If you lived closer. I'd be your PT for free just to prove my point. Six months you can do it!!!!


    I wish that was the case... I'm sure it would help, but the high blood pressure is a hereditary thing. Every single guy, even the real thin ones go on blood pressure meds around age 25. With teaching 4 spin classes a week I get some cardio... but guess I could always add more. My diet is the bigger problem though. We eat crap at the Fire Station everyday. haha!
  • MikemikeMike

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    Dec 01, 2008 6:44 AM GMT
    Jase,

    try making meals ahead of time for yourself-try not to eat the fast food crap. Hopefully you are seeing a great cardiologist.

    I make chicken for the first three days of the week. It's easy and you can refrigerate them and eat them when you want. I actually keep a cooler in my trunk with carrots and celery I make on Wednesday and keep them in a pyrex dish in the fridge and take portions in ziplock bag- drain water out. I also have and eat a few apples a banana and 2 oranges in it I eat em everyday. I also have mutigrain bread and natural penut or almond butter in there as well. Almonds are a great snack food. I have them in my car, office, in my gym bag. I hate hard boiled eggs, but if you like em the're easy to take with you. Salads are easy too. Just think of stuff you can make ahead of time. After awhile you will get in a routine of making good stuff. I used to be a volunteer firefighter when I worked from home and I know it's tough because there is always doughnuts coffee and junk food around-don't eat it!! Save it for the fat guys.

    Stay safe eat well. Laugh alot!

    Mike3
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    Dec 01, 2008 7:19 AM GMT
    NewbieNew saidWhat you are describing sounds like carpal tunnel syndrome. That is where the tendons in your wrist become inflammed and put pressure on your median nerve. NSAID's and ice should do the trick for short term immediate relief, but a brace should be worn in order to take the pressure off of the tendons. You should see a physician to make sure there is noo actual nerve damage that is a left over from when you broke it. Also if it becomes bad enough, they can do surgery on the wrist... although it isn't anything too invasive from what I've heard and been taught. They just go in a cut the actual "Carpal Tunnel" to provide extra space for the tendons to swell when they get inflammed so they don't pinch the nerve.

    Good luck.


    NO. THIS DOES NOT SOUND LIKE CARPAL TUNNEL.

    *sigh*

    Sorry for the caps lock. Lol. It's just that about 98% of the people that come into the office saying they have carpal tunnel have nothing even resembling it.

    If you have any tingling or numbness in your hand, then that's a different story. But, with just the pain, it sounds like tendonitis in your wrist/finger flexors. (Also, small point of contention, when your wrist is bent back, it's referred to as "extension" not "flexion")

    If your insurance covers chiropractic, I'd check one out in your area (because we don't need to be referred to by an MD, and they can take xrays if necessary). If not, then a PT should be able to do comparable work. If you see an MD for this and don't request some kind of physical medicine, you'll get painkillers ... maybe a wrist brace, but ... that won't solve your problem at all. With your past wrist injury, you were probably cast, and developed adhesions in the muscles of your forearm. Those have never been worked out, so until you get someone to do some massage and stretching, they'll just stick around and continue to bother you.

    Hope that helps. icon_smile.gif
  • GoodPup

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    Dec 01, 2008 7:40 AM GMT
    MikemikeMike saidJase,

    try making meals ahead of time for yourself-try not to eat the fast food crap. Hopefully you are seeing a great cardiologist.

    I make chicken for the first three days of the week. It's easy and you can refrigerate them and eat them when you want. I actually keep a cooler in my trunk with carrots and celery I make on Wednesday and keep them in a pyrex dish in the fridge and take portions in ziplock bag- drain water out. I also have and eat a few apples a banana and 2 oranges in it I eat em everyday. I also have mutigrain bread and natural penut or almond butter in there as well. Almonds are a great snack food. I have them in my car, office, in my gym bag. I hate hard boiled eggs, but if you like em the're easy to take with you. Salads are easy too. Just think of stuff you can make ahead of time. After awhile you will get in a routine of making good stuff. I used to be a volunteer firefighter when I worked from home and I know it's tough because there is always doughnuts coffee and junk food around-don't eat it!! Save it for the fat guys.

    Stay safe eat well. Laugh alot!

    Mike3



    Easier said than done. I don't touch the crappy doughnuts or anything laying around... its the lunch and dinner. Being the probationary guy, you eat whatever is on your plate - no questions asked. LOL
    But on my days off I eat great, teach 4 spin classes a week and stay pretty fit.
    But yeah, like I was saying... every guy in my family has the high blood pressure regardless of how fit they are. I know eating healthier will help, but food prep advice isn't what I need for now.
    So back to the wrist pain... its gone now. But I know it'll come back the next time I do something that it gets bent back with any weight on it.

  • GoodPup

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    Dec 01, 2008 7:43 AM GMT
    FierceEyes said

    NO. THIS DOES NOT SOUND LIKE CARPAL TUNNEL.

    *sigh*

    Sorry for the caps lock. Lol. It's just that about 98% of the people that come into the office saying they have carpal tunnel have nothing even resembling it.

    If you have any tingling or numbness in your hand, then that's a different story. But, with just the pain, it sounds like tendonitis in your wrist/finger flexors. (Also, small point of contention, when your wrist is bent back, it's referred to as "extension" not "flexion")

    If your insurance covers chiropractic, I'd check one out in your area (because we don't need to be referred to by an MD, and they can take xrays if necessary). If not, then a PT should be able to do comparable work. If you see an MD for this and don't request some kind of physical medicine, you'll get painkillers ... maybe a wrist brace, but ... that won't solve your problem at all. With your past wrist injury, you were probably cast, and developed adhesions in the muscles of your forearm. Those have never been worked out, so until you get someone to do some massage and stretching, they'll just stick around and continue to bother you.

    Hope that helps. icon_smile.gif



    Awesome, thanks for the advice... that does make sense. Will check into a chiropractor. I know my mom has one in the area. Will have to see about going. Didn't think they would do much else other than back... but I guess all bone and muscle stuff??
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    Dec 01, 2008 7:01 PM GMT
    Depends on your chiro. Most will see all musculoskeletal complaints, but some only adjust the spine and that's it. That's not what you're looking for.

    Call around and tell them you have what you think is wrist tendonitis. Ask them what their office does for soft tissue work (which includes stretching, massage, physical therapy, etc) and their policy on xray. A lot of offices require every new patient to be xrayed. Again, this is not what you need right now, unless your doc finds a clinical indication for it on the exam.

    If you make an appointment, bring in any old xrays of your wrist so the doc knows what he/she's dealing with. They should do an exam on you and then initiate care or refer you to a specialist if they suspect something more serious.

    Initial care will probably be 3 times per week for a couple weeks. They're not trying to shake you down. Lol. Just with most musculoskeletal conditions, having a couple weeks of intensive, reenforced care is the most effective way to treat it. They should have you tapering down after 3 or 4 weeks tho. If they want you to come in 3 times a week for the rest of your life, forget it.
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    Dec 01, 2008 7:30 PM GMT
    Sounds like you have some nasty inflammation, or, perhaps a ganglion cyst, within your wrist. Try taking 2 x 200 ibuprofen (800mg a day) and see if that calms it down. Ice might work, too, or even better, but, it's just hard to tell from here. You may also have a strain or sprain or micro-fracture. It might also be a repetitive motion injury like carpal tunnel.

    This is the sort of thing that you really should go see a professional about (a PT guy / hand guy / ortho guy).

    Now, bearing that in mind, a few years back I popped up a ganglion cyst on my left wrist doing wrist curls. It hurt. It looked icky. I kept banging it against my keyboard. I saw a hand specialist who told me surgery and $3500 was my only option. About two months later, the ganglion went away, and has never returns.

    If you don't do resistance training, once you get better you sure should.

    I wouldn't let a doctor go cutting (many are in it for the money), but, I'd sure have someone with some advanced medical knowledge check you out.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Dec 02, 2008 8:37 AM GMT
    Jase,

    Maybe try the Macy wrist forearm trainer then. Thought is was diet, because you said you eat crap at the firestation everyday??

    Give low resistance strength training a shot. Start with power band wrist motions, concentric curls, and then move up to light wrist curls with a bar or dumbells.

    mike3
  • GoodPup

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    Dec 25, 2008 7:59 AM GMT
    So it was totally feeling better for a couple of weeks... then lifting a big heavy patient onto the gurney to get them in the back of the ambulance, I messed it up again and its killing me! It always is the next day when the pain sets in so I have to think back to what caused it.

    Bummer.... probably another 2 to 3 weeks of pain again.