My hands and wrists hurt. Help?
December 12, 2013 3:38 PM Subscribe
My hands and my wrists really hurt doing any activity that engages them, I don't see my doctor for until December 29th, and I have things I need to get done involving my hands. Looking for some ideas/short term solutions to keep functioning until I see the doc next in a couple weeks.
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Diagnosed with fibromyalgia after I started having widespread pain 2+ years ago. Under regular pain management care. Wrists/hands started hurting in the spring, but peaked mid-summer and that's when I brought it up to my doctors. We're unclear how much is related to fibromyalgia or if it's something else entirely.
It's very limiting. Any activity engaging the hands hurts, (typing this hurts, but hoping to get some useful information out so pushing my way through it.) Typing, holding book, paper or tablet, writing, drawing, opening things, scrubbing, all things that make it worse. But sometimes it is only a little pain with a lot of activity, sometimes a lot of pain with a little activity.
I don't think it's related to the fibromyalgia, but I don't know. Two pain doctors have said the same thing, but my pain doc that specializes in fibromyalgia wanted to wait and see if the course of treatment I'm on now would help. I'm basically taking muscle relaxers at night, and doing physical therapy, but the physical therapy doesn't involve my hands.
The pain runs from my hand up my arms to the elbows, though most of it is in the hands and wrists. Both the pinky side and the thumb side are affected, but the thumb side is worse.
Previously I had not been able to tell if there were actual swelling or warmth from the painful areas. I thought it looked a little swollen but it was hard to tell. Last night and today, I can tell that the thumb side is warmer on both hands, which I assume means there is some inflammation.
Two pain doctors have looked at my hands, and didn't find anything specific. They did strength tests and pressed various parts of my hands. My strength was normal in those tests, though last night I couldn't unscrew top off a bottle of soda. Pressing various parts mostly didn't hurt, though one doctor did find the part of the palm near my thumb that was somewhat sensitive to pressure in both hands. Not as significant as the pain alone is.
I find myself massaging my forearms, wrists and hands a lot when the pain is bad. The tendons or muscles, or whatever they are seem really tight.
I have tried a number of braces and those make the pain worse. Two doctors suggested it didn't matter what kind, just so it immobilizes the wrists, but I've read online that it does matter. If I try sleeping with them (another suggestion from one of the doctors) I wake up within an hour and need to remove them.
It's gotten really bad out of the blue again, and it couldn't come at a worse time. Not only that, but I can't get in to see anyone sooner because everyone is trying to get in to the doctor before years end. I could possibly get in with my Primary Care Physician, but not sure what she could do.
I have a number of things I am trying to complete in the next two weeks that involve typing and using the mouse. The longer I use my hands, the worse the pain ramps up. I do have tylenol 3 to help with the fibromyalgia pain, but it barely takes the edge off.
I'm also having some of the worst fibromyalgia pain the past couple weeks, it's possible it is related.
I know you're not my doctor, but I'm out of ideas. If anyone has any suggestions about how I can manage the next couple weeks with some functioning before I see my doctor, I would greatly appreciate it.