Sore left wrist

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    Dec 15, 2007 8:22 AM GMT
    So about a couple of weeks ago I noticed my left wrist and around the base of my hand has been sore. If I take some ibuprofen it usually subsides and I can use it without noticing pain but its been persistent. This past week I took off from the gym just to make sure I dont aggravate it lifting. However, my job still requires lifting but I try to use my right side more and then I also drive a fork truck at times so I steer with my left hand and it bothers me then at times. My grip seems to be ok so I dont think it's carpal tunnel. Anyone got any ideas on treating this or what it may be? We'll be shutting down at work after next friday for a week and a half so hopefully that will give it some much needed rest. I also experienced no pain tuesday when the weather was warmer then the following day it was hurting again. Sorry I cant be more informative
  • MikemikeMike

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    Dec 15, 2007 3:31 PM GMT
    Read up on the proper way to tape a wrist. Don't leave it on for more than a day and make sure it doesn not cut off circulation.
    Godd luck!

    mike3
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    Dec 15, 2007 3:58 PM GMT
    Don't masturbate so much, or if you do use your right hand!!

    kidding! well maybe


    tape your wrist and try to rest it as much as possible. back when I was diving occasionally one or both of my wrists would go out and I would have to tap it u p to reinforce it. Alot also depends on when you wrists hurts. If your wrist is hurting when you adn keeping it str8 then there is not much you can do, but if it is hurting when it is bent back as in driving a forklift with one hand the taping should help. all that said you should go to a doctor. I know a guy who messed up his wrist and ended up needing surgery
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    Dec 15, 2007 5:03 PM GMT
    Ya its only during movements and not all the time and I guess I'll start by taping it. Don't really got time to see the doc sadly due to my work schedule. And also wonder if maybe I'm unconsciously using my left hand more than I used to. Kind of got into that habit after I smashed my middle finger on my right hand some months ago and couldnt use it for much until the pain went away.
  • Tyinstl

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    Dec 16, 2007 1:20 AM GMT
    Chungo beat me to it. Do you happen to be left handed? Maybe you should switch it up at night icon_razz.gif
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    Dec 16, 2007 4:52 PM GMT
    Sounds like tendonitis, I experianced that very thing in the same location. You need to rest it all you can or it will never go away. Acupuncture worked for me.
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    Dec 16, 2007 8:38 PM GMT
    No, I'm right handed and why I mentioned after that finger injury I started using my left hand more and trying to break that habit. Funny, I was talking to my sister about it last night and she suggested accupuncture as well. Gonna try to find someone in the area hopefully

  • Dec 20, 2007 1:04 AM GMT
    Always remember RICE =)

    Rest
    Ice
    Compression
    Elevation


    Sorry I couldn't provide something that will make it better, but I hope that helps in the meantime.. It should reduce the inflammation if thats what it is..

    Oh.. and when you do ice, do it for at least 20 minutes ( i heard doing any less or anymore wont make a difference) and at least 3 times a day..

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    Dec 23, 2007 8:41 AM GMT
    Honestly buddy it sounds like some sort of carpal tunnel or neuropathy of the wrist. You can over-do-it easliy and cause joint pain from extensive usage. If it continues for a long period of time, I would have the median nerve checked out.
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    Jan 27, 2008 4:46 PM GMT
    Sorry to bring this back from the dead but wanted to update y'all on the progress. Well, since I first noticed this at work and I had only recently been doing the jobs I had been moved to at the time, I told my supervisor. We had the occupational therapist come in and good news is its not any sign of carpal or nerve damage. She said that the muscles in the side of my wrist/forearm area are strained and must be rested. So, I havent lifted now in over a month and its driving me crazy, but better to lose the battle and win the war as I like to say. I warm it up in the mornings before starting my process and on my own at home on the weekends. She showed me some stretches and exercises to do and it's slowly getting better. Also been swimming and that seems to help plus maintains some muscletone. So its a slow process, but I hope to be back to lifting in maybe a couple weeks. I'll be starting off light though and only gonna go 3 times a week to start