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I have been experiencing wrist and hand pain for several months. Most days its just mild. But I'm always aware of where they are and what they are doing, if that doesn't sound too stupid, lol! Holding my phone, holding the steering wheel, wrangling my (large for his age) toddler all hurt. 

Some days it flares up worse than usual. One day I literally could not pick up the crock pot without yelling in pain. Right now, just sitting here after folding several loads of laundry, I am in tears. 

I've been blaming it on stress because there is a TON of stress in my life right now and my body is definitely taking a beating. The crock pot day was very stressful. But I dont want to ignore it if its not stress.

Any suggestions? Specialists? Supplements? Support brace? 

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I've had stuff like that flare up from tension in my neck and shoulders. If you're pinning a nerve, it can hurt all the way down the arm and make the wrist / hand weak. I'd see a physio AND a massage therapist. 

Or it could be carpal tunnel - but physio and massage would be my first go to for that as well.  If all else fails, see your gp and get a referral to an ortho who specializes in hands. 

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Is your thumb part of the problem? I had de Quervain's tenosynovitis (which I never learned to pronounce, LOL). The test for it is here:  

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/de-quervains-tenosynovitis/multimedia/finkelstein-test/img-20005987

I did wear a brace for weeks and recovered completely. I didn't bother to see a doctor because the test above diagnosed me and the brace was the cure.

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5 minutes ago, Alte Veste Academy said:

Is your thumb part of the problem? I had de Quervain's tenosynovitis (which I never learned to pronounce, LOL). The test for it is here:  

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/de-quervains-tenosynovitis/multimedia/finkelstein-test/img-20005987

I did wear a brace for weeks and recovered completely. I didn't bother to see a doctor because the test above diagnosed me and the brace was the cure.

 

I was just in the middle of mentioning de Quervain’s!   If you have a kid, that is often the suspect.  I had a friend have the surgery and it cleared it right up.  I refused to consider surgery so I wore a brace to keep myself from using my thumb, at all, and it cleared up in a couple of months.  

 

 

Eta: de KWARE-venn

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What is your insurance like?

Mine has very low copays for GP visits and xrays, so I always start there.  It happens that my GP is really good with physical mechanics so she often has stretches and/or exercises for me to try for a while.  

What really actually works for me the most often for joint problems is acupuncture.  That's OOP for me, so I do it second, but it's often the case the just one or two sessions gets my body healing itself of this kind of thing, even if I've had it for a long time; so it's worth it for the intractable stuff.  You have to have a really good acupuncturist though.  Luckily I have two good ones that I can visit.  But I have tried poor ones as well.

 

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37 minutes ago, Alte Veste Academy said:

About it being in both hands, my excruciating pain was in my left, but I felt similar mild pain in my right. For that hand, I just tried to be hyper-aware of how I used it and rested instead of bracing.

Literally this.   

I also changed the way I picked up my baby. Instead of four fingers under arms,  I now keep my hands closed and stick my thumb under there.  Little changes like that were made everywhere for me so it didn’t come back!

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1 hour ago, Alte Veste Academy said:

Is your thumb part of the problem? I had de Quervain's tenosynovitis (which I never learned to pronounce, LOL). The test for it is here:  

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/de-quervains-tenosynovitis/multimedia/finkelstein-test/img-20005987

I did wear a brace for weeks and recovered completely. I didn't bother to see a doctor because the test above diagnosed me and the brace was the cure.

I had this too, but needed a steroid shot to reduce the pain so I could function. I saw an ortho who specializes in hand/wrist. Mine was hormonal - I had it only while  nursing my babies!

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Get the big brace.  My daughter (a college student who writes a lot) has been suffering with tendonitis for months.  She was wearing a flexible, neoprene support for most of that time, but wasn't getting any better.  Finally got her seen by our GP, who diagnosed it as tendonitis, and said she needs to get a more substantial brace, with the metal plate to totally immobilize the wrist.  We got her one (at Walgreens), and she wore it all the time.  She got better within a month!  It made all the difference.  She's even able to hit in karate now.

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9 minutes ago, prairiewindmomma said:

Orthopedist specializing in hands/wrists

This. If you need a referral, go to your GP first. I wouldn't get a brace without seeing a specialist first. If you pick the wrong type of brace or end up with the wrong size you could do more harm than good. Depending on what is actually wrong, a brace may not be appropriate at all.

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On 4/18/2018 at 12:23 PM, MrsRobinson said:

I have been experiencing wrist and hand pain for several months. Most days its just mild. But I'm always aware of where they are and what they are doing, if that doesn't sound too stupid, lol! Holding my phone, holding the steering wheel, wrangling my (large for his age) toddler all hurt. 

Some days it flares up worse than usual. One day I literally could not pick up the crock pot without yelling in pain. Right now, just sitting here after folding several loads of laundry, I am in tears. 

I've been blaming it on stress because there is a TON of stress in my life right now and my body is definitely taking a beating. The crock pot day was very stressful. But I dont want to ignore it if its not stress.

Any suggestions? Specialists? Supplements? Support brace? 

If it's carpal tunnel, I had that for years, but only in the mornings when I woke up.  I guess my wrists would get stiff over night?   I didn't want to go to a doctor, so I finally got around to googling ways to help  What worked for me was holding my hands, palms together, in a prayer position.  It would feel sore while I did it.  Every time I thought about it during the day, I'd put my hands in that position (palms together, like I was praying) and it was gone in about a week or so.

Just throwing that out there.  I think mine was weird because I only got it at night, but if (if) you have carpal, that prayer position can help.

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2 minutes ago, Garga said:

If it's carpal tunnel, I had that for years, but only in the mornings when I woke up.  I guess my wrists would get stiff over night?   I didn't want to go to a doctor, so I finally got around to googling ways to help  What worked for me was holding my hands, palms together, in a prayer position.  It would feel sore while I did it.  Every time I thought about it during the day, I'd put my hands in that position (palms together, like I was praying) and it was gone in about a week or so.

Just throwing that out there.  I think mine was weird because I only got it at night, but if (if) you have carpal, that prayer position can help.

This is interesting because my grandmother was diagnosed with carpal tunnel back when it was thought to just be caused by typing. She never did any typing and they finally figured out it was from the way she slept. Hands balled up under her pillow while side sleeping. She wore a brace for a while. 

I've been trying your suggestion here for a couple minutes and it feels better... sort of. Like each hand is getting counter pressure to the pain. 

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5 hours ago, MrsRobinson said:

This is interesting because my grandmother was diagnosed with carpal tunnel back when it was thought to just be caused by typing. She never did any typing and they finally figured out it was from the way she slept. Hands balled up under her pillow while side sleeping. She wore a brace for a while. 

I've been trying your suggestion here for a couple minutes and it feels better... sort of. Like each hand is getting counter pressure to the pain. 

When I would do it, my wrists would feel a little sore.  It wasn’t comfortable.  But I’d hold the position for only a minute at most, throughout the day.  I didn’t want to hold the position for too long and make it feel worse.  I was a little leery about the whole thing, but it did go away after some time.

 

And yes, when I would sleep with my hands curled up, it would be super bad.  I used to force myself to sleep with my wrists held straight.  If I wore a brace at night, it actually felt worse in the morning.  So, I’d force my hands to stay straight when I fell asleep (though I wanted to curl) and they’d still hurt in the morning.  But the praying palm position helped in a week or so of gently using it.  

I hope you can have such an easy solution.  

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