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severe wrist pain and stiffness

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 30, 2006
  • 02:17 AM

I have severe wrist pain and stiffness along the pisiform bone area (wrist below pinky finger). The x-ray ruled out arthritis and the specialist said it was tendonitis, after a very short look. I have trouble believing in the tendontitis diagnosis because it is in a strange location and on my non- dominant hand. It just started hurting one day and has progressively gotten worse, even though I have had it in a brace for one month upon doctors advice. I dont do a lot of physical work with my hands so there is no reason for tendonitis. Any advice?

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  • tendonitius can occur even without regardless of 'alot of wrist work' - if your wrist isnt doing 'natural wrist' things, or even if it isnt doing enough extercise, it can get worse. Also; symptoms of tendonitus/carpal tunnel can occur anywhere from your fingers all the way up into your shoulder and your neck, even affecting your upper back in severe cases. I know people who said they had issues with their elbow and it turned out to be tendonius sneaking up on them, so dont ignore it and brush it off as something else if thats what the expert said it was.As someone with carpal tunnel I suggest this:-look up gentle tendonitus extercises for your wrist, adn begin to incorporate them into your daily routine. at first they will hurt, but after awhile you will notice they keep the pain away. Of course, talk to a doctor again about it.-use icepacks/heatpacks on the area to relax the muscles for about 10-15 min each day.-if you use the computer alot, invest in an ergonomic keyboardbest of luck.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 30, 2006
    • 07:24 AM
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  • Thanks for the reply. My wrist is now very swollen, red, and extremely painful. The doctors still think it is tendonitis but I still have my doubts. I think there is some sort of infection going on. I will go to another one more specialist and ask for some more testing to see what is going on inside.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 1, 2006
    • 03:34 AM
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  • Lana,Did you ever find out what was wrong? I have the exact pain. Sami side of hand on non-dominant hand. All of a sudden one day it started hurting and it's gotten progressively worse...and it only started three days ago for me and I'm having a hard time driving already. The pain is below my pinky finger and ring finger.... It hurts if I pull my hand back and worse if I press on the palm in those finger areas. I'm thinking...what in the world? I didn't do anything to it.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 5, 2006
    • 01:59 AM
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  • I am still undergoing tests. My wrist swelled up and bruised but after getting some anti inflams the swelling has subsided. It has been a week. The doctor does not know what is happening, hence the tests that I have to do. The x-ray shows some calcification on the tip of the pisiform bone which is the wrist bone at the base of the palm on the ulnar side. He wants to check if there is a possibility of gout, cancer, arthritis or anything else. My movement is pretty good now except I still cant bend my hand backwards. The pain was quite severe, I had to take pain killers and went to the hospital. We dont think it is just tendonitis that was originally diagnosed.Do you have a lump in your palm area?...could be a ganglion. My pain is the wrist and not the palm area. Strange things happen.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 5, 2006
    • 05:58 PM
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  • Thanks for the reply. My wrist is now very swollen, red, and extremely painful. The doctors still think it is tendonitis but I still have my doubts. I think there is some sort of infection going on. I will go to another one more specialist and ask for some more testing to see what is going on inside.Severe wrist pain, redness, swelling, stiffness. As everything in the body is inter-connected, a possible cause can be your spine/neck: a blockage there. Have you tried Shiatsu and Tai massage? It cured me of a similar mysterious pain in my arm/hand.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 30, 2008
    • 09:33 PM
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  • Well it is 3 years now and I am over it let me tell you all.. After a fall at soccer landing on my palm the pain began.. I wake up in the morning and can't move my wrist it is that stiff and so painful.. It is my right wrist and I am a graphic designer and use my right hand all day everyday and it is killing me.. I am only 25 and I need my wrist, i have my whole career ahead of me and it is scaring the crap out of me.. Help! It has been 3 years of doctor and specialists just guessing what is wrong and to tell you the truth I reckon they have made it worse. My first doc diagnosed me with tendinitis and made me wear a brace for 2 years. That didn't work.. then she said it was carpel tunnel and sent me for a nerve test.. Negative-not carpel tunnel. Then I was sent to the hand surgeon.. After getting x-rayed, MRI-ed, blood tested, ultra soundeded and $1000 out of pocket still not answers. Then i was sent to a hand therapist who put me in another brace then a week later said that i shouldn't wear a brace and that I should of never been put in a brace and passes me on again to a phsyio who now thinks it is ligament damage and now is passing me back to my hand surgeon for more tests.. Seriously is it really that hard to find an answer?? I am so confused and worried I just want to know what is wrong so I can start the healing process..
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 25, 2008
    • 00:55 PM
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  • 2 1/2 years here with pain in my right wrist 24/7, exacerbates with pulling weeds, swimming, driving, any time I do anything the pain flares. MRI negative for ganglion cyst and tendonitis. Nerve conduction test positive for carpal tunnel (CTS) and neuropathy (I am diabetic). Saw hand specialist last week, he rules out CTS (this is a worker's comp case) and says it is neuropathy (which extinguishes any claim for worker's comp benefits.) So I empathize with you. SheriWell it is 3 years now and I am over it let me tell you all.. After a fall at soccer landing on my palm the pain began.. I wake up in the morning and can't move my wrist it is that stiff and so painful.. It is my right wrist and I am a graphic designer and use my right hand all day everyday and it is killing me.. I am only 25 and I need my wrist, i have my whole career ahead of me and it is scaring the crap out of me.. Help! It has been 3 years of doctor and specialists just guessing what is wrong and to tell you the truth I reckon they have made it worse. My first doc diagnosed me with tendinitis and made me wear a brace for 2 years. That didn't work.. then she said it was carpel tunnel and sent me for a nerve test.. Negative-not carpel tunnel. Then I was sent to the hand surgeon.. After getting x-rayed, MRI-ed, blood tested, ultra soundeded and $1000 out of pocket still not answers. Then i was sent to a hand therapist who put me in another brace then a week later said that i shouldn't wear a brace and that I should of never been put in a brace and passes me on again to a phsyio who now thinks it is ligament damage and now is passing me back to my hand surgeon for more tests.. Seriously is it really that hard to find an answer?? I am so confused and worried I just want to know what is wrong so I can start the healing process..
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 19, 2009
    • 11:26 AM
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  • Do you have diabetes? If so it could be neuropathy. Talk to your doctor.Sheri
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 19, 2009
    • 08:48 PM
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  • I have been2 1/2 years here with pain in my right wrist 24/7, exacerbates with pulling weeds, swimming, driving, any time I do anything the pain flares. MRI negative for ganglion cyst and tendonitis. Nerve conduction test positive for carpal tunnel (CTS) and neuropathy (I am diabetic). Saw hand specialist last week, he rules out CTS (this is a worker's comp case) and says it is neuropathy (which extinguishes any claim for worker's comp benefits.) So I empathize with you. Sheri I have been diagnosed 4 weeks agao with Palindromic Rheumatisim. My wirst and hands hurt so much. I am on prednisone, vicodin and more pain killers. This is crazy. Anone knows of a holistic treatments to share. I agreed to taking these medications specialy prednisone to calm the inflamation. I must find an alternative treatments otheriwse the future looks horrible.
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  • Carpal tunnel syndrome should also be considered.Do you have this pain in the night?
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  • I have severe wrist pain and stiffness along the pisiform bone area (wrist below pinky finger). The x-ray ruled out arthritis and the specialist said it was tendonitis, after a very short look. I have trouble believing in the tendontitis diagnosis because it is in a strange location and on my non- dominant hand. It just started hurting one day and has progressively gotten worse, even though I have had it in a brace for one month upon doctors advice. I dont do a lot of physical work with my hands so there is no reason for tendonitis. Any advice?I am doing some research for my 45 year old mother who was just diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. I am questioning the diagnosis, but i dont know what else it might be. The doctors don't seem to know either. She has had horrible swelling in her hands and wrist. The left hand was first...hospitalized for a week...minor surgeory to relieve swelling. The cultures came back with no infection. Now her scar has a hard lump under it(forgot the word that is used for that). After being in the hospital for a week and then out for one week, she went back in (for another week again) for the other hand swelling just as bad. THe pain is a level ten when it attacks her. It also affected her knee at the same as the second hand. This is the first time this has ever happened to her. I am just very worried and want to find other people who have gone through this before!! If your condition was similar or you have any answers please reply back. You can also e-mail me at Justynemae@yahoo. Thank you!!
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  • @ unregistered - to combat arthritis use fish oil and sunshine. Since being dignosed with rheumatoid arthritis (I am 35 yrs old), I have almost completely eliminated my swelling and pain by taking 4,000 mg per day of fish oil and getting sun on my skin regularly. I no longer take the Naproxin or the proton pump inhibitors that go along with the Naproxin. After reading a Scandinavian study which tried giving that amount of fish oil to patients and achieved very good results, I tried it myself and have been very happy with the results.
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