10 Year Old With Wrist Pain and Numbness in Fingers
Hello. My son, age 10, has been complaining of discomfort in his wrists recently. Specifically, he has pain on the side of his wrist at the joint between the wrist and thumb of his right hand, as well as numbness and loss of strength in his fingers.
The symptoms manifest themselves most acutely after he plays hockey. He is a competitive ice hockey goalie and has been playing about 4-5 times per week for the past 3 years. The pain is mostly in his right hand, which is the hand in which he holds his stick. The glove hand (left) is not hurting as badly as the right. While the pain is not debilitating, it is uncomfortable and we are worried about it getting worse.
Overall he is in very good health. He has a very healthy diet, refusing to eat junk food or drink soda. Lots of salads and fruit in addition to chicken, pasta, etc.
He does not get enough sleep in our opinion, typically getting about 8-9 hours per night. The only surgery he has had was for tubes in his ears. The tubes were inserted when he was 6 and have been out for a year now.
He does not play too many video games, although he does have an iPod and iPad that he uses quite a bit (although to be honest not that frequently).
He does play drums in school and plays drums in Guitar Hero on the xBox.
Any wisdom or insight you can offer would be greatly appreciated.
There's competitive hockey for 7 year olds? Wow.
Ok, so, here's my thoughts on your 10 year old with Symptoms of Tendonitis
It's super rare for 10 year olds to have tendonitis.
Most aren't doing that much repetitive motions. On one hand, that's a lot of hockey stick. On the other, it shouldn't be, 10 year olds are (should be) active and resilient.Tendonitis
shows up in adults and young adults for a variety of very good reasons. And it's happening in younger and younger ages for those very same reason.
See: What Is TendonitisSo I have some questions before I continue to comment.
1. You said pain. Describe the pain symptoms in specific details. Where, how, when, description of sensation, etc.
2. You said numbness. Where, how, when, description...etc.
3. Say more about tubes in the ears. How, when, relevant details surrounding the situation.
4. Health history. Allergies? Food allergies?
5. Pasta? Bread? How much processed foods? How much wheat foods? Milk?
6. If you can (you can), get his Vitamin D level tested. (Doctor's office don't let them tell you no
or $60 blood spot test kit online here: http://www.zrtlab.com/vitamindcouncil
I suspect our focus will be on nutrition, but answer the above questions and we'll go from there.----------------------
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