Shooting wrist pain and numbness when I rotate wrist or push buttons or holding a spatula or knife
Hi! I think I have wrist tendinitis: I cannot rotate my wrist without pain, and I especially cannot do many things right now without shooting pain and weakness, such as holding a bowl, pushing buttons, fluffing up pillows in bed, or using a spatula or steak knife.
The pain is in my right wrist, and I have had this problem for 5 years, although I have learned how to avoid 'tweaking' my wrist so that I don't end up in the situation I am in right now.
I am 43, in good shape, not great diet, do all handyman work and housekeeping work for two houses, recently started a group power class using dumbbells although I am careful with the wrists in all my activities.
History of right arm: since late teens, experience dull throbbing numbness in whole arm when standing at attention, sitting in dentist chair or hair salon chair. Chiropractor addressed this in my spine but it's still there. Three months ago, I swung off a stepladder and smashed my elbow into a brick wall...could not bend the arm further than 90 degrees for more than a week. Still feel soreness when I am on the elbow in bed, for example.
I will see a hand expert in two weeks. What do you think I have? Should I self-cure or go see the doc, too?
I would never tell someone to not go see a doctor, but I'm curious, what is s/he going to do? Other than take an xray, what is going to happen?
You'll be told to take it easy and Rest
it, maybe put it in a sling or Wrist splint or brace
, and to take some Anti-inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen
Will any of that help? It's worth a shot, I guess.
PROBABLY the elbow hurts
because you banged it on the wall and have some bone bruising, which means it's going to hurt a good long while, slowly getting better over time. You can speed that up with icing and massage.
Lack of range of motion if the elbow is inflammed etc is unsurprising.
Is it worth getting checked out by a doctor? That's your call. Just all depends on A. how bad it is and B. what exactly they're going to be able to do for you.
Granted, I'm a fan of self-cure. If I get shot by a gun or hit by a car, I WANT to go see the doctor.
If I have something more subtle, like Wrist Tendonitis
in general, not so much.
Make sure to see: What Is TendonitisQuestions:
1. What exactly did the chiropractor address in the spine?
2. If you lift one/both hands/arms up over you head to the ceiling, does that increase the numbness?
3. When you sleep at night, do your fingers and/or wrist curl into the 'claw'?
4. Describe the sensation of not being able to press buttons etc. Painful? Weak? Etc. Details details details.
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Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
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