24 year old with Wrist Pain that reappears every few months or so

by Kennita


I'm a 24 year old female and for about the last year or two I've been having issues with my right wrist.

The pain will suddenly begin out of nowhere, although it usually seems more noticeable when I awake. The pain is right in the middle of the top (with palm facing down) of my wrist and goes up through about mid-way to the top of my hand stoping just short of my middle and ring fingers. The pain is usually intense and will stick with me for about a week or so before returning back to normal.

Unfortunately this doesn't last very long because within a few months the pain is back again.

I haven't noticed any inflammation or swelling, but I don't doubt that's what's going on internally. It hurts to rotate my wrist in the slightest and when I wiggle my thumb there is pain in the wrist as well.

It feels like the tendons in the back of my hand are stiff, and I have lost a lot of strength in my hand to the point I find myself dropping my keys and not being able to open soda cans or jars, something I can do when I'm not in pain.

I'm not overweight and I work retail. I've been very active in sports in the past but not so much these days. I do some small crafts and video game playing but I don't recall ever experiencing pain or stiffness during or after these events.

Any advice will be appreciated since I don't have money or insurance in which I can go and see a doctor.

Thank You Very Much,


Joshua Answers:

Hi Kennita.

Well, there's some options.

1. You have Wrist Tendonitis which includes the muscles on the back-of-the-hand side of your forearm are TOO TIGHT, thus compressing your wrist joint too.

2. There is a lipoma (benign fatty tumor) or cyst growing in/on the wrist joint. Do you have any lumps/bumps?

3. There is a nutritional or hormonal component that would explain the tendonitis-mimicing pain coming and going.

If you can rule out #2, we can talk about #1 and #3.

In which case, I will ask you the following questions:

1. How bad does it hurt?

2. What exactly does 'the pain will suddenly begin out of nowhere' mean? Details.

3. Overall, describe the symptoms, the more detail the better.

4. Any history of injury or pain/problem?

Tendonitis is relatively easy to deal with, nutrition is easy to deal with, hormonal stuff can be tougher (and really not my domain though I can point you in the right direction).

Please reply using the comment link below. Do not submit a new submission to answer/reply, it's too hard for me to find where it's supposed to go.

And, comments have a 3,000 character limit so you may have to comment twice.

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Jun 10, 2013
same exact pain.
by: Anonymous

Hey, I have the same exact pain. I'm 25 yr old male. Same exact spot. I can't even do a push up when I'm in pain. But when I'm not in pain I can do 50. I'm in the army national.guard. healthy young adult. I had it xray done. I went in.the tunnell at the hospital and had a doctor play with it. The xray looked fine. No bone problems or anything showed up. Except mine hurts for several weeks. And then won't hurt for 5-6 months. It hurts more when I bend my hand down to my forearm rather then trying to bend it backwards. Any help? Thanks!!


Joshua Comments:

1. What's the pain feel like? who what how where when

2. What have you tried so far to help it when it hurts?

Nov 14, 2014
help, 14 and debilitating wrist pain
by: Anonymous

hi, i know this is a late as this whole page was created a year ago, but i was just wonderin if anybody had any tips to get rid of the pain.

i have the same pains in the exact spot every few
months, although i am 14, not in my 20s. while in pain, i can do nothing at all, not even picking up my backpack for school.

i cant put any pressure on it, not even in the least, without a cry out in pain. i try to tell my parents but they dont listen and then they yell at me for being dramatic. so basically i do not have any way of knowing whats happening since my parents will not help.

any suggestions?

please help


Joshua Comments:

Hi Anonymous.

Sorry to hear about that. It doesn't sound ideal.

The reality is, it's up to you to find answers and take care of your body.

1. Start ice dipping as described on Process of Inflammation.

2. Look into Inflammation Causes Vitamin B6 Deficiency

3. Look into Magnesium For Tendonitis

4. Know the answers to What Is Tendonitis

Knowledge is power, as they say.

5. Do you think you might have an actual serious injury? Did you fall down, get hit by something, have a big impact, car accident, etc?

If you have an actual injury, that's a different conversation. Then we need to get you looked at professionally.

Having said that, young people are getting tendonitis related pain and problem more and more these days. The nutrition just isn't in the food like it used to be, and there's more and more 'bad' food....processed nutritionless foods, artificial sweeteners that are excitotoxins, food with gluten (which is an inflammatory agent), etc.

Without adequate nutrition, the body can't work optimally, and all sorts of problems can arise, like a tendonitis dynamic.

Rip and tear injury (or a fractured bone) can cause debilitating pain. But one can have debilitating pain without any actual injury. But it's smart to figure out if there is any actual injury to deal with.

Feb 15, 2015
Same pain at 15 (girl)
by: Anonymous

Um so I have the same problem with my right wrist. I can bend it and twist it but circling Less than halfway hurts a lot. I just turned 15 but I have had this pain for over a year now.

It's on and off. So one month it will start randomly without any symptoms of beginning. Then after about a week it will stop.

It appears every other month. I have told my parents and they took me to the doctors. The doctors didn't notice anything wrong.

But it still came back every other month. Now after being to the doctors my parents think I'm too dramatic and think I'm faking the pain. But I'm not.

I'm in actually pain with nobody to turn to.

Please help me!


Joshua Comments:

Hi Anonygirl.

Read this thread and the links in this thread, and then come back and A. tell me what self care you're going to start doing and B. ask any questions you have.

Feb 02, 2016
Same wrist symptoms, hurts to drive
by: Anonymous

I am 16 years old and I am experiencing these same symptoms.

Every few months my wrist starts hurting for about a week. It progressively gets worse, and after about 4 days it will progressively get better.

When it is in the worst pain it is hard for me to drive because turning the wheel hurts and I find it difficult to turn doorknobs as well as many other things.

May 19, 2016
Still happening!
by: MJ

Wow, this is exactly what happens to me!

I go to bed one night and feel just fine. Wake up and both wrists hurt to bend forward or backwards. They're not swollen but they hurt really bad if I press where the back of my hand meets my wrist. Right wrist is worse than the left. Lasts about a week and happens about once per year. I haven't fallen or anything that would cause this directly. I usually wrap the wrists with Ace bandages to keep them from bending unnecessarily, which helps the pain especially at night.

I'm a 25 year old white female, sedentary but lightweight. Pretty sure I'm too young for carpal tunnel.

Has anyone figured this out yet??

Aug 24, 2016
Me too
by: Anonymous

I Am just 15 and I have the exact same thing and it has been happening since October last year, it feels really stiff too.

Sep 24, 2016
by: Kylee

I have the same pain. Its in the top of my wrist every few months. Ive had this on and off for about 8 years. Had swelling at first but now i dont. Mine feels like the pain goes down my forearm a little tiny bit.

I CANNOT put pressure on it like im doing a push up. IT KIND OF MAKES ME SCREAM IN PAIN. And the only thing ive come accross that makes any sense is keinbocks disease.

Hope this helps.

Jan 08, 2017
Long Standing Wrist Issues Getting Worse
by: KG

Okay,so I have had ongoing and worsening issues with my wrists for 6 years now.

Its been misdiagnosed 3 times. My hands have been becoming weaker and less and less tolerant towards use of any kind.

I find it gets better with over a day of rest and next to no use.

Wrist braces were ineffective, because the pain and swelling will always come back no matter I do after awhile.

My doctor just did the classic 'lets try the cortisone shot' line because my wrists were unresponsive to the braces.

I'm wondering whether or not i should get it.

He also said if it doesn't work surgery may be the only option left, what do you think?

I'm rather scared after what he said anything you can help with will help, thank you.


Joshua Comments:

Hi KG.

1. The wrist braces were ineffective because wrist braces are ineffective.

2. Why exactly would a corticosteroid injection help. If it lowered pain by lowering inflammation....what is causing the inflammation the first place? (Good question to ask the doctor.)

3. Your doctors have been wrong about everything so far, why would they be right about surgery? What exactly would they even be doing surgery on? And how would that help anything (as opposed, to, say, causing more problem from the trauma and damage of surgery?)

4. I'd suggest reading this thread and all the pages it links to. I'd suggest working with the Reversing Wrist Tendonitis program...it targets the actual causes of wrist pain and problem, including that 'weakness' you're experiencing (which isn't really weakness per se, it's 'decreased ability to function').

That lack of function isn't something to be scared of, it's just a more accurate assessment of what's going on, and something to correct.

Jun 04, 2017
Same exact problem
by: Tori

I know this thread is quite old, but I am having the exact same symptoms described above and it is so relieving to finally hear others experiencing the same issue as me.

I have had pain on the top (with palm facing down) of my left wrist for many years now. I am a 23 year old female and I have no idea what could be causing this.

I can't recall exactly the first time I experienced these symptoms, but I do know it was years ago. Pain will come out of nowhere, hurt severely for a week or so (just as others described-- limited range of motion, cannot hold anything heavy with my left hand, extreme pain if I try to put weight on it or do anything in the push up position) and then disappear on it's own.

Sometimes it is only a few weeks before it returns, sometimes it is months. Very unpredictable pattern. It doesn't seem like anyone has received a clear diagnosis (or they haven't reported it to this thread) but I am desperate for help.

I've talked to my primary care physician about it, but it wasn't currently hurting when I spoke to her and she told me that there wasn't much she could do when I wasn't in pain.

I don't know where else to find the answers I'm looking for, so I hope I can find them here.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Tori.

Well, good news/bad news, even if it was hurting there's nothing your doctor could/would do for it, other than prescribing rest, splints/braces, anti-inflammatories, etc.

Random pain that comes and goes is too vague/subtle an issue for the super vast majority of doctors out there.

1. The first thing you should do is get your Vitamin D levels tested. What are some of the possible symptoms of Vit D insufficiency/deficiency? Yep....exactly what you're describing.

Do that, let me know what the results are.

(And/or get the Reversing Wrist Tendonitis program [see link in this thread]. YOu don't have wrist tendonitis per se, but it's incredibly likely that the factors that cause that are responsible for your pain (progressively too tight muscle and connective tissue, inflammation process, nutritional insufficiency).

Aug 01, 2017
Same exact issue.
by: Chris

I have had this same issue as long as I can remember. Acute SEVERE pain when I try to move my wrist in any direction at all.

The pain is centralized exactly where you've described it. The center of the wrist, a little bit closer to the thumb right where the back of the hand meets the joint. It hurts to touch.

There is a constant ache when it's "pain time" and the pain is absolutely excruciating when moving the wrist even as little as 20 degrees in any direction. I have tried moving it beyond this point using just my wrist's own power and apart from the CONSIDERABLE pain, I actually can't move the joint any further than an absolute maximum of about 25-30 degrees.

I first went to see my doctor about this when I was around 12 years old. He told me what I'm sure most of your doctors told yourselves in this thread: "it's probably just a sprain. Try not to use it for a little while and it will get better" Even though I told him I didn't hurt myself and that it comes and goes without any reason at all.

I came back about 2-3 months later with the same issue and he ordered an X-ray. Of course, by the time the X-ray date came around, the pain was gone. Whether or not that had something to do with the fact that they didn't find anything is unknown to me.

Trying to convince my parents that there is something legitimately wrong after that point was an uphill battle that I didn't have the will power to fight. So i've dealt with it.

I'm 31 now and the pain is worse than it ever has been. It lasts longer than it has in the past, and it's really making my girlfriend nervous. I'm tired of doctors thinking that I'm crazy or that this isn't serious. I've been dealing with this for 20 years now and I just want answers..

Please. Tell me there's something I can do about this! I'm seeing a doctor in a couple days about it. Not a specialist, unfortunately but my wrist is currently in pain. If they can expedite an ultrasound, who knows? maybe they'll see something.


Joshua Comments:

Get an MRI to confirm whether or not there's a cyst/ganglion cyst/lipoma in there (they can grow/shrink depending on your body chemistry [basically]).

You would probably benefit from getting more assertive with your doctors. yes they think you're crazy and it's all in your head, but that's because they're terrible doctors. Find a good one, or whip the ones you have into shape. "This comes and goes. It is not a sprain. There's been no break. WHAT is causing it? Find out! Is it a ganglion cyst? How do you know? Did you actually look? Would a cyst or lipoma show up on an xray?"

If it comes and goes, you need to start tracking the when, and maybe you can find a why.

Does it go away/show up when you eat too much of something or less of something?

Stress levels?

Full moon (Seriously).


Aug 13, 2017
The same thing
by: Anonymous

Hi,I know it is three or four years late but it is really bothering me so...

Around 9 months I had first sprained my wrist, ever since it comes back ever so often which is annoying as the next few days it hurt and whenever I would move my hand in a certain way, push myself up with my hand a pain, about 6 on the scale 1 to 10, 1 being the lowest and 10 the highest, would shoot up or make my hand weak.

Is there anyway I can get rid of this pain forever?


Joshua Comments:

Hi Anonymous.

Yes, you can get rid of it by reversing the multiple factors that are causing the pain.

If you actually tore tendon or ligament etc, that changes the conversation a little bit.

Read this thread, follow the links you find in it to more info, etc.

Nov 02, 2017
Me too!!
by: Anonymous

I have the exact same thing and I’m going to the doctor for it because I’m a gymnast so it is really serious. My coach thinks I seriously hurt it one time and now it will flare up for no reason and that I should get physiotherapy for it and I’m only 12 :/ the best of luck to you with your wrist and I will update you on how it goes at the doctor.


Joshua Comments:

Keep us updated.

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