YANADfilter: Why does my hand hurt and what can I do to make it hurt less until I can see a doctor?
Every so often, I have arm or wrist pain and some occasional hand tingling. I'm a computer geek, so I assumed carpal tunnel. The pain/tingling usually go away fairly fast, so I haven't been treated for it.
However, today my left hand has been causing me a LOT of pain. I flew on a redeye from LA-NYC last night, and when I woke up a few minutes before landing, I noticed it felt very achey and stiff. I massaged my wrist and hand and proceeded home. As the day progressed, it started hurting more. I took a nap and when I woke up it was very painful, but only when I perform certain movements.
It hurts if I bend the wrist back, as if I were pushing on a door, and when I bend the wrist down. I also experience some pain when I move the wrist laterally. It hurts more if the fingers are together when I move the wrist back - if my fingers are spread apart it hurts less. The pain is localized in the hand - from where the thumb meets the rest of the hand across the middle of the metacarpals, but does not hurt up near the knuckles, on the outside of the hand (the pinky side) or higher on the wrist. It hurts just a little when I keep the wrist in a neutral position and type. It doesn't hurt if I just keep the wrist in a neutral position and sit here. It also doesn't hurt if I pick stuff up with my fingers, like a purse, but does hurt if my thumb is involved in picking up stuff, like the cat.
I am going to the doctor, but my GP can't see me until tomorrow afternoon. I would like to know the following: has anyone experienced something similar? (I read this
but they aren't quite what I'm experiencing.) If so, what was it? Should I go get a wrist brace until I can see the doctor? Is there anything you did that helped relieve the pain (medication, massage, voodoo, etc.)? Is there anything in particular that I should ask or tell the doctor besides what I've mentioned here?
I am not looking for actual medical advice, just "I've been there, this is what I did" kind of anecdotes. I realize IANAD, YANAD, etc. and I do have an appointment to see one. I just want to make it feel less sucky before I get there.