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They Said it was Gout in my Wrist

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  • Posted By: calving
  • August 28, 2007
  • 04:26 AM

1 month ago I developed a swollen and very painful right wrist, over a 3 day period, with no associated trauma to recall setting this off. By day 3, my hand was all puffy and swollen, and I could not grasp a thing, and the pain was unbearable----The Doctor took blood tests, and, my uric acid levels were a little high, not terrible, and, they said I had gout. They prescribed an anti-inflammatory, and allopurinol. Within days, then swelling was down, but, my pain was still high, and, I had lost my ability to use my hand, grasping, turning, bending, cutting, had to do all my chores lleft-handed!
2 weeks went by, and, the swelling got worse, and the pain levals reached unbearable---ice packs helped to keep things cool, and stabilize my hand. Another visit to the Doc, and, he added Colchicine to the mix.
After 3 days of minor improvement I stopped taking ALL the meds, and got back on my Coumadin(for a atro-fib heart), and got back on my diurectic, triamterene(which are thought to help cause gout), because my legs got really large and filled with water---I am thinking this has gone on too long to be gout---there was just minimal improvement when I took the second round of meds------The pain is so severe now, I wonder if I have a fracture, or torn or ruptured ligaments or tendons---the "hot zone" goes from my wrist to my first knuckles, top and bottom, and, all sides--then stops where the finger digits start. Arthritis most likely would have crept up me, and not been so sudden, but, I'm no doctor(I'm 49, and have a family history of both types of arthritis)---I have had a few injuries in my time, but, nothing compares to the pain involved with this--I have basically lost the fuction of my hand, and can barely move my fingers tonite, and my wrist area is just killing me----I'm going back to the Doctor wednesday am for further review--I have no insurance, so, I'll have to be refered to a specialist who takes medi-cal I suppose. No other body parts are affected. I have to use my computer mouse left-handed---there is NO numbness, just swelling and heavy pain when moving the hand, or, trying to pick something up--I can grasp a cup NOT filled with water, and thats it--very odd indeed--perhaps an xray, then an MRI will tell more--I do use the mouse a lot, I work at home on my computer, but, from what I've read, any syndrome related to that would involve numbness, which I do not have, more like partial paralysis in a way. Any thoughts more than welcome.

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  • If you have pain in your hand don't stop telling the doctors. No matter what they say believe what your body is telling you. I had a similar hand/wrist problem where it was hard for me to use my fingers and wrist. I went to one hand specialist and she said there was gout in my hand, She gave me an EMG, MRI, Bone Scan and many X-rays, and it showed nothing. She gave me a shot and then sent me back to work. I did not stop complaining about the pain and went to see another specialist he just touched my hand and looked at it and said there was arthritis in my hand, this was preventing me from using my fingers, I also found out there is a tear in my wrist from going back to work to early. So make sure the doctors listen to you because nobody knows what your body feels like better than you.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 30, 2007
    • 02:47 PM
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  • I have extreme pain in my wrist joint. Sometimes it is like it is on top of the wrist bone and not in the joint. very sharp extreme pain. I take Flurbuprophen (sp). it works for 24 hours but not a cure. could be gout or tendons / connective tissue. not sure what to do either.Ray rrb6699 at gmail1 month ago I developed a swollen and very painful right wrist, over a 3 day period, with no associated trauma to recall setting this off. By day 3, my hand was all puffy and swollen, and I could not grasp a thing, and the pain was unbearable----The Doctor took blood tests, and, my uric acid levels were a little high, not terrible, and, they said I had gout. They prescribed an anti-inflammatory, and allopurinol. Within days, then swelling was down, but, my pain was still high, and, I had lost my ability to use my hand, grasping, turning, bending, cutting, had to do all my chores lleft-handed!2 weeks went by, and, the swelling got worse, and the pain levals reached unbearable---ice packs helped to keep things cool, and stabilize my hand. Another visit to the Doc, and, he added Colchicine to the mix. After 3 days of minor improvement I stopped taking ALL the meds, and got back on my Coumadin(for a atro-fib heart), and got back on my diurectic, triamterene(which are thought to help cause gout), because my legs got really large and filled with water---I am thinking this has gone on too long to be gout---there was just minimal improvement when I took the second round of meds------The pain is so severe now, I wonder if I have a fracture, or torn or ruptured ligaments or tendons---the "hot zone" goes from my wrist to my first knuckles, top and bottom, and, all sides--then stops where the finger digits start. Arthritis most likely would have crept up me, and not been so sudden, but, I'm no doctor(I'm 49, and have a family history of both types of arthritis)---I have had a few injuries in my time, but, nothing compares to the pain involved with this--I have basically lost the fuction of my hand, and can barely move my fingers tonite, and my wrist area is just killing me----I'm going back to the Doctor wednesday am for further review--I have no insurance, so, I'll have to be refered to a specialist who takes medi-cal I suppose. No other body parts are affected. I have to use my computer mouse left-handed---there is NO numbness, just swelling and heavy pain when moving the hand, or, trying to pick something up--I can grasp a cup NOT filled with water, and thats it--very odd indeed--perhaps an xray, then an MRI will tell more--I do use the mouse a lot, I work at home on my computer, but, from what I've read, any syndrome related to that would involve numbness, which I do not have, more like partial paralysis in a way. Any thoughts more than welcome.
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  • I am just wondering if the person that originally wrote this thread ever found out from a physician what it was that was wrong with their wrist. I have the EXACT symptoms. I was asked if I had ever had gout or if I had a family history of authritis (which I do) and I was just curious as to what it was. I even have the "HOT SPOT" on top of my hand. I almost had my husband take me to the emergency room one night because the pain was soooo bad and nothing was touching it the pain. I was put on a steriod and it took the swelling down for the time being. I work on a computer all day and I have to use my mouse with other had sometimes too because it hurts so bad. So, if anyone can help me try to figure out or know someone that is having or has had the same problems that would be great.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 14, 2010
    • 01:19 AM
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  • I have the same symptoms, went to the emergency room and was admitted only to be released (with a bill of course) stating that they could not help any further. They ran all test of my blood to rule out infection and finally resolved to leave this in the gout arena. Considering going SHANS in Gainsville, FL if my insurance will cover. I'm also 48 years old and healthy otherwise. The day before this attack, I swam, cycled and golfed with no pain in my right hand, now I can't fasten my buttons or tie my shoe strings without assistance....sooooo baffling!I am just wondering if the person that originally wrote this thread ever found out from a physician what it was that was wrong with their wrist. I have the EXACT symptoms. I was asked if I had ever had gout or if I had a family history of authritis (which I do) and I was just curious as to what it was. I even have the "HOT SPOT" on top of my hand. I almost had my husband take me to the emergency room one night because the pain was soooo bad and nothing was touching it the pain. I was put on a steriod and it took the swelling down for the time being. I work on a computer all day and I have to use my mouse with other had sometimes too because it hurts so bad. So, if anyone can help me try to figure out or know someone that is having or has had the same problems that would be great.
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  • Ask for prednisone. It is, hands down, the best gout medicine out there. Take it when you first have an attack, and the pain will be gone shortly. Prednisone is a godsend.
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  • I also have the same symptoms. Extremely sore right wrist. Nearly three weeks now. I do have gout but have never had an episode last nearly this long. It's almost as bad today as the day it started. Anyone out there have any useful feedback?
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  • i have had gout in my left wrist 3 times now, you have described the pain perfectly other than you almost want to jump off a bridge, im just getting over it after 2 rounds of prednisone and 2 rounds of indocine, im on 60mgs of prednisone and 1.2mg of colcrys per day and its got a lot better with that combo. every time i got it in my wrist it has taken at least 5 for weeks of severe pain and agony, i feel your pain bro, say a prayer for me and you it never happens again, i would trade a hit in the head with a baseball bat over this any day of the week, good luck my friend
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  • i have had gout in my left wrist 3 times now, you have described the pain perfectly other than you almost want to jump off a bridge, im just getting over it after 2 rounds of prednisone and 2 rounds of indocine, im on 60mgs of prednisone and 1.2mg of colcrys per day and its got a lot better with that combo. every time i got it in my wrist it has taken at least 5 for weeks of severe pain and agony, i feel your pain bro, say a prayer for me and you it never happens again, i would trade a hit in the head with a baseball bat over this any day of the week, good luck my friend
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