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Sprain or not as the case may be

Postby dipsydoodlenoodle » Tue Mar 03, 2009 1:46 pm

Well I woke up about 2 weeks ago with what I thought was a sprained wrist. I don't know how it happened; I put it down to sleeping funny on it for the first few days. Then the muscle near my elbow started to hurt so I figured it must be a sprain of some sort.

Anyway it's been two weeks now and it's just getting worse. It's not swolen or anything; it just really really hurts. It hurts roughly above/around the wrist bone - on the outside of my arm. I haven't knocked it or banged it or done any sports. The most strenuous thing I did that week was shopping (or wondering around the shops); the rest of the week I just sat around doing nothing for once.

I know the obvious option is to see the doctor but for all accident and emergencies including sprains we have to go to accident and emergency at the hospital. But it's not like it's a new sprain or swolen. I'm just a bit stumped at what to do. I've had it strapped up to stop me from flapping my hand around or whatever but it's not doing anything. Sprains normally get better and not worse over time.
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Re: Sprain or not as the case may be

Postby Bel Bel » Tue Mar 03, 2009 5:17 pm

i know it's annoying but i really thinki you need to go check it out with someone if it isn't getting any better
do you have anything hard next to your bed like draws you could have banged it on in the night
Is there any bruising - look in the mirror in case there is some on the bit of elbow thats hard to see
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Re: Sprain or not as the case may be

Postby dipsydoodlenoodle » Wed Mar 04, 2009 10:28 am

No bruising at all. I have something next to my bed but because I'm a cold freak I always feel the cold and stay tucked into my bed - I'd have known if I'd banged something if my sheets were flung everywhere and not tucked in.

I'll give it another week before contemplating the doctors about it. At least they can't complain I haven't waited long enough to see.
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Re: Sprain or not as the case may be

Postby whoopsie » Wed Mar 04, 2009 2:44 pm

Maybe carpal tunnel? Or RSI through gear changing when driving?

I have carpal tunnel and the pain I get is similar to what you're describing. I wear a wrist support with a metal spine.

It could be none of those, just thought I would suggest them. Or it could be tendonistis
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Re: Sprain or not as the case may be

Postby dipsydoodlenoodle » Thu Mar 05, 2009 11:49 am

Thanks whoopsie; I'll look in to both of those :)
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Re: Sprain or not as the case may be

Postby dipsydoodlenoodle » Thu Mar 05, 2009 12:42 pm

Looking those up on the net it does seem similar to those however I am not getting the tingly sensations it says. Just the pain. It also says it's more likely to occur in your dominant hand - mine isn't. Both my hands are dominant-ish however I write with one and not the other - otherwise they both do the same things.
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Re: Sprain or not as the case may be

Postby Bel Bel » Fri Mar 06, 2009 4:27 pm

The problem is not everyone gets all the classic symptoms with carpal or any other illness for that matter
I really think you should go to the doctor if it continues in case you are causing more damage to either your muscles, arteries, tendons etc
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Re: Sprain or not as the case may be

Postby dipsydoodlenoodle » Fri Mar 06, 2009 5:07 pm

Well this morning I said I'm going to make a doctors appointment for today. I left it a few hours until the doctors opened - I seemed to have made a miraculous recovery so I thought it's probably not worth going now it seems to be recovering. Lo and behold this afternoon - maybe 11 onwards it's been killing me which of course is too short notice to see the doctor about it. I'll see how it goes over the weekend and make an appointment on monday if the need be.
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Re: Sprain or not as the case may be

Postby dipsydoodlenoodle » Mon Mar 09, 2009 12:58 pm

Well I am off to the doctors tomorrow morning to see what it is since it hasn't improved and it's been three weeks.
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Re: Sprain or not as the case may be

Postby snail » Mon Mar 09, 2009 3:46 pm

Good idea, Dips, keep us updated.
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Re: Sprain or not as the case may be

Postby dipsydoodlenoodle » Tue Mar 10, 2009 12:47 pm

Well I've been to the doctors. She poked and prodded, she said I don't have the classical symptoms of anything really and she can't feel anything. So she's stuck me on Anti inflammatory tablets to see if it helps; and if not I've got to go back.
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Re: Sprain or not as the case may be

Postby Bel Bel » Tue Mar 10, 2009 1:25 pm

well lets hope they do the trick, if not go back anyway
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Re: Sprain or not as the case may be

Postby dipsydoodlenoodle » Wed Aug 18, 2010 12:46 pm

I know this is an old post....but I have updates :)

Well I went to the docs again at the beginning of the year; he gave me tablets; they made me ill; went back saw a different doc who gave me more tablets and referred me to the musculo-skeletal department at the hospital. I went in March; got sent for an X-ray (we didn't get to see the x-ray; they took too long to come and the doctor said I doubt it would show anything anyway) he referred me for an MRI; I went in March and I now have a follow up appointment in November (still ages to wait).

However my other wrist is now really painful (same symptoms) and I've developed a numb thumb lol. I googled it yesterday ("sore wrist and numb thumb") it brough up loads of pages for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome; I have probably about half of the symptoms so I think it may be that; but then I still have to wait and see what the specialist says when I see him in Novemver again :).
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Re: Sprain or not as the case may be

Postby LemonJuice87 » Wed Aug 18, 2010 2:02 pm

My Mum has Carpal Tunnel too =[

She's been suffering for months and months and has finially got a date for her operation. Its usually ten minute surgery, but her surgeon says that her nerves have really took a battering since Christmas he's going to leave them exposed for an hour to let them calm down a little before stitching her back up.
She's actually booked herself in for 6 months time to do her other wrist. She doesnt want to go through the pain again when her 'good' arm does eventually get more painfull. =[
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Re: Sprain or not as the case may be

Postby dipsydoodlenoodle » Thu Aug 19, 2010 12:25 pm

I've been suffering for months and months and months too (but I don't think they know what it is; well I know they don't cos the specialist told me that lol).

I've been doing a bit reading and it said they won't do the op unless you have pain for more than 6 months (well I have, but it generally comes and goes; sometimes it'll be 4 months, sometimes it'll be 1 week etc - it's not consistent :().Plus it "ALWAYS" happens in your dominant hand first....not for me.

When does she get her operation?
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