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    Old 02-24-2015, 12:26 PM   #1
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    Fell on wrists, unbearable pain 2 years later

    About 22 months ago, I tripped over my rug and fell on all fours, with practically all my body weight landing on my wrists. I weigh 118 pounds. I remember I just putting some ice on them with the pain subsiding quickly. It was april when I fell and throughout the summer, the pain wasn't obvious enough to seek medical help, so I didn't.

    Then came January 2014. Pain started and I remember I started to have difficulty with things like doing push ups, lifting a gallon of water, or anything involving pushing on my hands or lifting things with my wrists. The pain is literally on the wrist, palm-side up, and side to side. In other words, if you squeeze my wrist with two fingers, it'll hurt.

    I went for x-rays and blood test, and nothing showed up broken and I do not have arthritis.

    Fast forward to January 2015. I am experiencing the most unbearable pain yet. Mostly because of the very cold sub-zero temps in my area. It's swollen to because of the cold. I cannot use my hands AT ALL. My wrists are useless. I can't pour a cup of coffee, lift anything over 10 ounces, comb my hair, slice bread...I cant do anything. I was told to take advil and that it will eventually go away.

    Two days ago the temp hit 38 degrees and felt better, but it dipped down to a high of 15 and im suffering again. What is going on - will this ever go away? Is it tendonitis? I wrap them with ace wraps, which helps, but not much. I tried warm electrical pad but it did nothing.

    Has anyone suffered this before? Will this go over? My doc says yes but did not say when. Advice?

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    Old 02-24-2015, 12:51 PM   #2
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    Re: Fell on wrists, unbearable pain 2 years later

    Sounds to me like you have pulled your tendons in your wrists. You need to find out if there is a test you could do, to see the situation of your tendons.
    I pulled a tendon in my left wrist many years ago; the pain was awful. I found relief by taking, MSM, which is organic sulphur. twice a day. I continue to this day to take MSM, 2 a day. Advil is not going to help you.
    I wish you well.

    Old 02-24-2015, 08:35 PM   #3
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    Sounds awful, and you have suffered too long. Please find a hand specialist who can figure this out, perhaps with more testing. If nothing else you could benefit from occupational therapy sessions, they have amazing techniques to help with pain and regain strength. It is possible that you have several problems that are a result of the trauma from your fall, including the tendond as Haydena suggests.

    Old 05-13-2015, 07:31 PM   #4
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    I've had something similar although it's only one wrist with me and it's been years. I finally went to see an orthopedic doctor who referred me to a wrist surgeon who ordered an MRI. what you are describing sounds like a scapholunate ligament injury. I have arthroscopy in two weeks to see how bad it is and fix it if possible. definitely go see an orthopedic specialist if its been over a year

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    Old 05-15-2015, 01:53 AM   #5
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    Ditto, ditto, and ditto for all the posts before this one. I think they are all good suggestions. The only things I'd like to add are maybe an MRI and/or nerve conduction study would help. I know it's up to your treating physician, and maybe you already had one by now, but I didn't see it mentioned. Also, like someone mentioned before, there are all sorts of occupational therapy treatment modalities you could try, especially if you live in cold weather. One thing they do is the warm wax. You dip your hand into warm wax, then they wrap it in plastic. You let it set for a while. It really helps with wrist pain. You can even buy the warmer, wax, and plastic online, but I would wait until you have seen your specialist and occupational therapist first because this may not be an appropriate treatment for you or not yet. Next I would say, you may need to rest your hands more like starting all over from the beginning. Another thought that comes to mind is that you may have scar tissue that has accumulated inside your wrist/hand area, and this can be a source of great pain.
    Now for my story, I slipped and fell on my wrists 16 years ago only I landed on my stomach with my head turned to one side. I think I may have injured my back and neck at that time, but the doctors I was going to with my pain, never considered this. Later, I got an MRI and learned I had damage in my neck too. It involved the nerves. I had jumped on the "carpal tunnel syndrome" train because it was like a fad back then I guess. People tended to attribute wrist pain to nerves. There are various nerves involved. One thing that was pointed out to me was that these nerves begin in the neck and end at the fingertips, so it's always good to consider the neck. Considering the back wouldn't hurt. Your symptoms don't seem to indicate nerve damage, but I wouldn't know.
    Sometimes people can give good advise, even strangers. I decided to have surgery on my wrists. The pain got way worse before it got better, but it eventually seemed to subside. Also someone suggested I take pineapple enzymes at the time because he suspected scar tissue was the culprit. I tried it, and it did help. It was at that time that I began to show improvement from my post-operative pain which compounded the pain I was already having. I also took an herbal anti-inflammatory turmeric because I thought I could get away with it better than NSAIDS which gave me other problems. I could tolerate the herbal medicines just long enough to help. I could do more things I was unable to do such as type and carry with my hands, but I have never been able to return to repetitive motion activities--things you have to do continuously for a specified period of hours. I was basically okay as long as I avoided certain activities. There a many things I can no longer do such as hit a volleyball or use a push down hole puncher. Also, I have been told by doctors that once you've injured your wrists, they are never quite the same again. I'm not quite recommending herbal medicines to you either because they don't mix with certain other drugs you may be taking, and I don't know your medical history. They do work for some people in the right situation though.
    It doesn't mean your situation will be like mine, or you will have limitations for life. I wanted to throw that out to you because you may need to make some permanent adjustments in your lifestyle, but like your already doing, I would look into your options. You may have a much better outcome than I did. I hope you feel better.

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