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    Old 09-03-2014, 07:22 PM   #1
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    Hello all. I'm new to the forum, and I'm not sure exactly where I should post this, so I hope I have the right area.

    Two years ago I started having pains in my right wrist. I thought maybe I had hurt it somehow, perhaps sprained it, so I went to the doctor. He took an x-ray, told me it wasn't sprained or broken, and sent me home with a brace. Thinking the pain would eventually go away, I didn't search for more answers. About a month later, the pain was still there, and pretty constant, so I went back to the doctor, and again, same answers. They didn't know what was wrong. I started thinking maybe I was just sleeping on it wrong, or overusing it. So I tried to take it easy, but nothing seemed to help. I got tired of going to the doctor and getting no answers, and they weren't willing to help me any further, so I just dealt with it.

    Last September I went back to school, and it was required that I get a physical done. So I saw my new doctor for the first time. She took one look at the x-ray that had been done the year before, and told me that I had Ulna Minus. I had no clue what that was. She gave me a brace, and some other medication to try for inflammation, and said if it didn't work, to come back and see her and she would send me to a specialist. Well, the medication worked for a little while, but last week it just stopped helping at all. The pain was getting worse, so I went back to the doctor. I couldn't see my doctor, so I went to urgent care. They did nothing to help the pain (Not sure if anything could be done) but they did refer me to an orthopedic surgeon, whom I saw last Friday.

    After looking at my wrist, and the new x-rays they took at urgent care, he deemed that there is nothing he can do, because at the time of my appointment, it wasn't hurting or swollen. He told me if it starts to act up again, to come back and see him. Ugh, so here I am. Two years later, and no answers.

    I'm not sure what can be done, or why it's causing me such pain, but has anyone else ever had this problem? The pain is so bad I can feel it half way up my arm sometimes, but nobody can tell me what's going on. Any idea, or tips on how to get the pain to stop would be greatly appreciated. I'm at my wits end with this issue, and wish I could find just some kind of answer.
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    Old 09-03-2014, 09:00 PM   #2
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    Re: Ulna Minus

    Hi. I understand your frustration. I have had wrist issues and it took me multiple doctors and a couple years to figure things out.

    What kinds of pain are you having? Location on the wrist/hand? What triggers the pain?

    Maybe there is someone on the boards who can relate with your same symptoms.

    Was the specialist you saw someone who specializes in treating hands?
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    Old 09-04-2014, 01:09 AM   #3
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    Re: Ulna Minus

    Hi TwistedAngel,
    From what you write in your post you do have a problem. I am not a doctor, but I know that ice helps lower inflammation & pain. Try placing a few ice packs over the pain areas 3 times a day for at least 20 minutes.(Always have your ice packs covered with a thin kitchen towel or any old piece of material.)
    Xrays dont give information about our bones, a cat scan, does. Ask your doctor if you can have a cat scan of the painful area.
    Do you have any problems with your shoulder?
    I am sorry you are suffering from so much pain & I wish you well.
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    Old 09-04-2014, 04:03 PM   #4
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    Re: Ulna Minus

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    Hi. I understand your frustration. I have had wrist issues and it took me multiple doctors and a couple years to figure things out.

    What kinds of pain are you having? Location on the wrist/hand? What triggers the pain?

    Maybe there is someone on the boards who can relate with your same symptoms.

    Was the specialist you saw someone who specializes in treating hands?
    No, he was a bone specialist. But all he would tell me is that millions of people around the world live with Ulna Minus and don't have any problems. That was pretty much it. He had me push on his hands, and said nothing when my wrist snapped back with a pop. I'm considering seeing another doctor about this issue.

    It starts on the right side of my right wrist (Pinkie side) and then travels through the wrist causing pain across the entire thing, where my hand and arm meet. It's rarely triggered by anything, it's just a constant pain. There are a few days when I get some relief from it, but not many. And being that I'm right handed, it's causing serious problems. There are some days that I just can't get it to do anything at all. I just don't know what else to do.
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    Old 09-04-2014, 04:08 PM   #5
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    Re: Ulna Minus

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    Hi TwistedAngel,
    From what you write in your post you do have a problem. I am not a doctor, but I know that ice helps lower inflammation & pain. Try placing a few ice packs over the pain areas 3 times a day for at least 20 minutes.(Always have your ice packs covered with a thin kitchen towel or any old piece of material.)
    Xrays dont give information about our bones, a cat scan, does. Ask your doctor if you can have a cat scan of the painful area.
    Do you have any problems with your shoulder?
    I am sorry you are suffering from so much pain & I wish you well.
    Haydena.
    I do have some pain in my shoulder from time to time, from an old injury about 12 years ago, but it's usually only when it gets cold out. I've tried ice, but perhaps I'm not icing it long enough. I usually do it for about 10 minutes at a time, but I'll try it longer as you suggested and see if that helps any. Thank you for the advice on that.

    I am going to try to make an appointment with my regular doctor and see if she can refer me to someone else that might actually pay attention to what I'm telling him, I will bring up a cat scan and see if that shows anything else.

    I know there is something going on in there that's not right.
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    Old 09-04-2014, 05:59 PM   #6
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    Re: Ulna Minus

    When I read about your wrist popping, etc, I automatically thought of ''carpel tunnel syndrome.'' Check this out.
    You need to see a good orthopedic hand specialist.
    If ice does not help you, try placing your hand, wrist & arm in as hot as you can take, water; gently rub the painful areas.
    Voltaren gel also may relieve your pain.
    Keep us posted please.
    Haydena.

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    Old 09-04-2014, 06:43 PM   #7
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    Re: Ulna Minus

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    When I read about your wrist popping, etc, I automatically thought of ''carpel tunnel syndrome.'' Check this out on google.
    You need to see a good orthopedic hand specialist.
    If ice does not help you, try placing your hand, wrist & arm in as hot as you can take, water; gently rub the painful areas.
    Voltaren gel also may relieve your pain.
    Keep us posted please.
    Haydena.
    They have checked it for carpel tunnel, and that's not the problem. What happens is I'll push on something, and I will lose strength, and it will kind of snap back into the regular position, but I know this isn't supposed to happen, as it doesn't happen with my other wrist. To explain it, it feels like the bones are grinding against each other in there. And when it gets to be too much pressure, one gives way and it pops. It's not a good feeling. It happened 3 times while that doctor was checking my wrist, and he saw nothing wrong with that, and I'm not sure how. I just got done icing it, it feels a little better than it did, so I'll try that a few more times and see what happens. I've never heard of Voltaren gel. Where can I find that?

    Sorry to ask so many questions, just really trying to get some relief here.
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    Old 09-05-2014, 05:24 AM   #8
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    Re: Ulna Minus

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    They have checked it for carpel tunnel, and that's not the problem. What happens is I'll push on something, and I will lose strength, and it will kind of snap back into the regular position, but I know this isn't supposed to happen, as it doesn't happen with my other wrist. To explain it, it feels like the bones are grinding against each other in there. And when it gets to be too much pressure, one gives way and it pops. It's not a good feeling. It happened 3 times while that doctor was checking my wrist, and he saw nothing wrong with that, and I'm not sure how. I just got done icing it, it feels a little better than it did, so I'll try that a few more times and see what happens. I've never heard of Voltaren gel. Where can I find that?

    Sorry to ask so many questions, just really trying to get some relief here.
    If the bones are grinding against each other & that is painful, you have lost cartilage between the bones. This is rather logical for me! A simple hand xray will show whether there is cartilage loss. You really need to find an orthopedic hand specialist/surgeon.
    Voltaren gel can be found in a drug store/pharmacy. Here we don't need a perscription for it as we are able to buy it over the counter. Voltaren is an anti-inflammatory( aslo available in a tablet form, needing a perscription from a doctor.)
    I have had 2 arthroplasty surgeries for loss of cartilage in both my thumb joints. Prior to the surgeries my thumb & wrist bones were grinding against each other, big time. I remember the pain!
    Feel free to ask as many questions as you will, I hope I will be able to answer them.
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    Re: Ulna Minus

    tfcc tear? sounds like mine, one dr wants to shorten the ulna, one wants to shorten the radius.
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    Old 09-05-2014, 10:25 AM   #10
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    What is TFCC? I've never heard of that...
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    Old 09-05-2014, 11:30 AM   #11
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    Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex (TFCC) Injuries

    Triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) injuries of the wrist affect the ulnar (little finger) side of the wrist. Mild injuries of the TFCC may be referred to as a wrist sprain. As the name suggests, the soft tissues of the wrist are complex. They work together to stabilize the very mobile wrist joint. Disruption of this area through injury or degeneration can cause more than just a wrist sprain. A TFCC injury can be a very disabling wrist condition.
    The triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) suspends the ends of the radius and ulna bones over the wrist. It is triangular in shape and made up of several ligaments and cartilage. The TFCC makes it possible for the wrist to move in six different directions (bending, straightening, twisting, side-to-side).
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    Old 09-06-2014, 08:02 AM   #12
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    Re: Ulna Minus

    I have never heard of that, but thank you. I'm going to have my doctor look at it closer, and see if that's possibly what's going on.
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    Old 10-23-2014, 01:54 PM   #13
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    Re: Ulna Minus

    After reading about your wrist pain, I think I should suggest you to take some massage.

     
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