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Old 02-21-2004, 12:56 PM   #1
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Wrist Splint Problems **

Since I had painted a month ago, the R hand is partially numb, and the pinkie finger, ring finger, middle finger are numb, and the index and thumb are not as involved. There is a straining type pain at times, but not all the time. The numbness is severe enough to allow me to scald my hand.without meaning to, of course! Went to the Doctor and he shrugged it off and said it will probably go away on its own.
Siince I have had tendonitis on the wrist several times, I had a wrist splint. I thought if I immobilized the hand at night I would do myself a favor....WRONG! When I put the wrist splint on, it increases the pain and I have to end up taking it off.

Anyone have a similar problem with the wrist splint?????

 
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Re: Wrist Splint Problems **

Wrist splints are not all designed the same and the one you have may be a different shape/angle than your hand/wrist. Try on a different brand and style before buying.

If your wrist hurts on the underside (inside of wrist) then it is probably CST but if it hurts on top or to the upper side, it is probably tendonitis or bursitis.

A good rest will help. Nothing like painting to aggravate a wrist regardless of what the real problem is. I did that too.

You are better off to see an orthopedic doctor rather than a general doctor. Do not go to a hand surgeon first, after all, they make their living doing surgery! Best to get an unbiased diagnosis and then if necessary see a hand surgeon.

 
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Old 02-22-2004, 08:40 PM   #3
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Re: Wrist Splint Problems **

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Wrist splints are not all designed the same and the one you have may be a different shape/angle than your hand/wrist. Try on a different brand and style before buying.

If your wrist hurts on the underside (inside of wrist) then it is probably CST but if it hurts on top or to the upper side, it is probably tendonitis or bursitis.

A good rest will help. Nothing like painting to aggravate a wrist regardless of what the real problem is. I did that too.

You are better off to see an orthopedic doctor rather than a general doctor. Do not go to a hand surgeon first, after all, they make their living doing surgery! Best to get an unbiased diagnosis and then if necessary see a hand surgeon.
Thanks for you response. I was thinking the same thing, regarding the surgeon LOL! Nothink like putting the cart before the horse.

 
Old 02-28-2004, 08:21 PM   #4
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Re: Wrist Splint Problems **

Here's another idea that might help. Some of the wrist splints spread the thumb out from the fingers, and that might be causing tension in the wrong places for you. You might try just an Ace elastic wrist bandage, or wrap Ace bandage around your wrist in a way that is comfortable and gives support. If I use a splint or an Ace, I always put on something soft under it, like cut off the top of a soft cotton sock and put that on your wrist first. These hand problems can be so frustrating. Good luck.

 
Old 03-19-2004, 04:31 PM   #5
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Re: Wrist Splint Problems **

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Originally Posted by cricketsarge
Since I had painted a month ago, the R hand is partially numb, and the pinkie finger, ring finger, middle finger are numb, and the index and thumb are not as involved. There is a straining type pain at times, but not all the time. The numbness is severe enough to allow me to scald my hand.without meaning to, of course! Went to the Doctor and he shrugged it off and said it will probably go away on its own.
Siince I have had tendonitis on the wrist several times, I had a wrist splint. I thought if I immobilized the hand at night I would do myself a favor....WRONG! When I put the wrist splint on, it increases the pain and I have to end up taking it off.

Anyone have a similar problem with the wrist splint?????

I had a situation where I had numbness that seemed to start in my pinkies and ring fingers and radiate into my hand. My rhuemotologist said it is called thoracic outlet syndrome. Typically caused by poor posture, over use or an accident. Actually, keeping your posture/spine straighter is suppose to lessen the symptoms because it has to do with nerve compression in the spine.

 
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