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    I have an old healed wrist/hand fracture. I had surgery and all the other good stuff in 1995. My wrist and fingers are doing better than they ever thought they would and I have an occasional ache during weather changes..no biggie. The last few nights have been odd, though. It's little achy in the day, but I have full ROM, but it twinges a bit during any twisting movement invoving my hand.(i.e. opening a jar, a door, moving my hand down sideways to pick a glass up up, etc) Once it get closer to bedtime (8ish or so), my wrist hurts like the dickens when I do the same movement and it is a little swollen. not bad, but a little. My wrist looks a little different from the other one since the accident anyway, but even more so at night.

    When it hurts at night, I can pick stuff up slowly, but if I try to do any movement with my wrist that involves that side to side motion, I drop what I am holding or it just hurts like hell. Hurts more when I move my wrist out rather than in. Its really odd because it is not a constant thing.
    The weather is crummy right now and all my old broken bones are acting up, but this one more than the others. I swear, I am only 37, but feel ancient today.

    I did fall a few weeks ago and aside from the inital shock of it all, I was o.k. A little sore ...I did put my hand out when I fell and was a little sore for a few days, but certainly no breaks occurred because I would have certainly felt that.

    I get tendonitis from time to time in my shoulder and knee, but my wrist has never acted up......could that just be it?

    When I rest, I am fine, when I am doing things involving the movement that causes pain, I start hurting more. For instance, I am a little achy now...more than I was when I logged on......
    Jimminy, I am right handed and wouldnt you know, my right wrist is the gimpy one. .

    Any advice would be helpful.....besides going to the doctor...I dont want to do that. I can take Motrin and rest on my own, dont need a doc telling me to do it. Should I wrap it? Ice it, heat?

  • #2
    Yeah, generally, tendonitis pain is worse when you wake up and it feels somewhat better later in the day, but if the root cause seems a total mystery, it might be something totally unexpected and unrelated to your past injuries. I had a few hockey wrist injuries from playing mostly on the checking line, and I've taped them ever since, in the gym, too. A few years ago, one wrist started really bothering me, especially in the morning, and I experienced everything you've described. I even stopped taping my wrists in the gym, because I couldn't think of anything else that might have contributed to it at all (insert obligatory masturbation joke reference here).

    Finally, I woke up one night because of the intense pain; I was sleeping on my left side and the back of my right wrist was completely bent and jammed against the mattress. That was the problem, and after realizing that, I got myself a wrist immobilization brace to sleep with, which solved the problem. More recently, my wife experienced the exact same mysterious wrist pain, especially in the morning, but she didn't believe me until she actually caught herself sleeping on her wrist exactly as I suggested she might be doing. The wrist brace solved it for her too, but in her case, she still reverts back to sleeping on it periodically, and breaks out the wrist brace again for a while.

    The other likely-to-miss issue might be your PC mouse. If your forearm isn't parallel to the floor with your elbow resting on your chair at exactly the same height as your mouse, that's another possibility... and if you're typing away on a keyboard and using a mouse without ANY elbow support, that's very likely your answer.
    No longer ignoring anybody here, since that psycho known as "Josey Wales" finally got the boot after being outed as a LE imposter by B&G978. Nice job.

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    • #3
      Pro...I had a feeling you would answer first; thanks.

      I will watch how I use my computer......I have a wrist support thing on the keyboard and that helps. I dont use my computer a lot, but will start keeping track of the pain and what I do during the day.

      I noticed while I was making breakfast this a.m that it hurt when I was whisking eggs, when I reached for anything that involved a lateral movement. I picked up the crockpot I used yesterday ...to put it away and my wrist moved in that position and hurt.

      Maybe I have housewifeitis. MY wrist feels better when its resting on something.........maybe I should wear something during the day as I do things and see how it feels at night. Any suggestions on what I should use? I have a BodyGlove wrist band I used after I sprained the same wrist about 8 years ago..will that work?

      Thanks...are there any exercises I can do to help strengthen my wrist a bit? I forgot all the stuff they taught me in therapy years ago.

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      • #4
        No problem. Actually, I wouldn't use anything elastic that unnecessarily compresses the tendons and other tissues at all; it could only contribute to the problem. It doesn't sound like a "support" issue. Likewise, exercises are always a post-recovery thing to prevent a recurrence in the future, rather than therapeutic. If you suspect it might be the sleeping thing, just go to Target and look in the isle with all the knee braces and ace bandage-type stuff. What you want is the stiff sleeve that wraps around your wrist and prevents it from bending forward. It shouldn't have to be very tight at all to immobilize the joint. If you can't find one, you could even use the wrist guards they make for in-line skating. The idea is just to keep you from crunching your wrist while you're asleep and impervious to the pain, especially if you're a deep sleeper...but you want something that doesn't squeeze any tighter than necessary to keep it in place. That's the last thing you want to do with any wrist inflammation. Keep your eye open for any other repetitive motions that might be contributing, and even other habitual things like how you hold your shoulder bag, etc. You should probably also rule out things like tumors or cysts with a quick visit to your GP and set of X-rays, just to be on the safe side. I might be biased from personal experience, but my money's on the sleep thing.
        No longer ignoring anybody here, since that psycho known as "Josey Wales" finally got the boot after being outed as a LE imposter by B&G978. Nice job.

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        • #5
          I am not so sure about a sleeping thing as much as a daily activity thing. the pain is worse at night before bedtime. Well, my toddlers bed time, that is. Right now, it is sore, but I am not limited in movement; I dont have to stop mid-action due to pain. Just slow down. The last two nights, I have had a difficult time moving it side to side.....if I was a guy, I guess the playing with myself joke could come into play, but.........that would be out of the question, basically. I could make a pretty crude joke right now, but I wont........I am a lady or try to be, at least. Note, I just stopped typing to pop my wrist after the last sentence. I feel some soreness when I rotate my wrist or move it side to side.

          Maybe I will just go to the doctor to rule out any wierdness. I did have a pretty bad break when it happened so it would probably be in my best interest. I guess my GP will send me to a specialist if I need to see one. My handbag can get pretty heavy..I will adjust that. My only repetitive motion is picking up my daughter when she needs me. She is pretty independent lately and kisses my wrist if I say, "OW"......sweet.

          Thanks again, PRO..........

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          • #6
            research :

            Coral Calcium
            Noni products

            and be really careful and look into DMSO - very potent and effective stuff but has the potential for misuse and side effects

            talk to the doc about all

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            • #7
              Originally posted by friedom77
              research :

              Coral Calcium
              Noni products

              and be really careful and look into DMSO - very potent and effective stuff but has the potential for misuse and side effects

              talk to the doc about all
              Thanks, but I will be trying to get pregnant sometime this year and anything that may have some side effect or potential for misuse is not really an option for me. Thanks, though. Plus, I have a little munchkin to take care of....cant really risk side effects of anything. I dont even like taking Nyquil when I need it because she may need me at night and I will be too groggy.

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              • #8
                Pro.....I dont need a plint or meds....I need to stop sleeping on my wrist.

                The last 2 nights, my daughter has had soem "monter" issues, so I have stayed in her room until she falls asleep. She has a twin bed and I fit, but not comfortably. I dont want her to fall off. I noticed that I sleep with my affected hand under my head ....well, duh.

                Thanks for the heads up (no pun intended) and helping me realize what I was doing.....I will do the monster vaccuum tonight and see how she does. I will take the vacuum cleaner up there, vacuum under, around her bed, her closet...all the monster hiding places ...throw out the bag. Viola..no monsters. So maybe I can sleep in my own bed all night.

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                • #9
                  Daily pain and swelling that gets worse throughout the day+

                  Precipitating injury and surgery(especially wrist surgery)=

                  arthritis

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by JRT6
                    Daily pain and swelling that gets worse throughout the day+

                    Precipitating injury and surgery(especially wrist surgery)=

                    arthritis
                    Thanks JR....I know I have arthritis; its just hard to admit. I doubt sleeping on my wrist helps any. I had an x-ray a couple of years after the accident .....to rule out a hairline fracture after a fall. the doctor was amazed at how well I healed, but pointed out the arthritis. I have it in my knee, feet and shoulders too. What a joke. The injuries just sped it up; I was going to get it anyway. My mom has horrible osteoarthritis and Parkinsons, to boot......poor dear.

                    I guess I should really look into strengthening the muscles around my arthritic joints, so I wont be in so much pain when I am old.

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