Arthritis?

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I've experienced pain in my wrist/hand since November 2015 to the point where I can't use my wrist without the use of a splint. The pain is exacerbated by movement and using the hand and often when I'm not using it. I get no numbness or tingling (this did occur when I initially started to get symptoms)

Despite using the splint, I have pain when my hand is knocked against something also.

I fractured my wrist in 1997, the consultant feels this may have a negative impact as one of the bones in my arm is shorter than the other. He also thinks I could have Rheumatoid Arthritis which would explain the swelling on my hand.

I've had an Emg/nerve conduction test which came back clear. I've been booked on for blood tests to rule out RA and MRI arthrogram is booked for 07/04/16.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to what the pain may be caused by? CTS and de Quvervains tenosynovitis have been ruled out.

My current job is in administration and very repetitive thus one would assume that OA would be the diagnosis. I am unsure why RA symptoms would suddenly start?

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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    It DOES sound like some form of arthritis - perhaps cortisone shots in the wrist/hand may help.  I have osteoarthritis in the knees and foot and try to stretch a lot.  Also arthritis relief cream may help.  Both types of arthritis can come on suddenly or gradually.  

    Hope the blood tests for RA come back negative.

    All the best, Louise

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      Hi Louis

      Thank you for your advice. I was offered steroid injections as the professionals thought I had De Quvervains tenosynovitis. I saw a different professional who said it wasn't and that she could not give me the injection 😔 I'm thinking now that may have give me some relief. I'm getting significant pain in my thumb (I predominantly get pain in my thumb and wrist) and finding difficult doing day to day tasks.

      I will definitely try some dream, I'll try anything!

      Ashley

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      do try the steroids as they have me tremendously with the same symptoms. Now years later I still fell better but as written earlier I have weaker muscles and tingling and my arm is totally asleep in my whole arm but not pain. Tthese are likely from nerve pressure from neck discs.

      I also have constant tingling in my feet and at night tingling that goes up through my legs to my body.  I try to sleep on the other side or my back using a pillow of 2 inches which helps somewhat but wake often.  I've seen specialists years ago but could not complete all the exercises as afterwards I am so tired fand muscles ache for days.  Maybe steroids would be good for me also.  Surgey is not a cceptable at my age!

      Yes, for steroids to help with many medical conditions. Do try it!

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      Hi thank you for your reply.

      I'm going to suggest the injection if they don't suggest surgery. The consultant advised they can operate of its not RA. Had bloods done today, I should get the results Wednesday. Hopefully they're clear.

      I'm sorry you're having a hard time, pain can make you feel really down. Can you be referred for another injection?. I try and stay positive, difficult when I don't have a diagnosis. I hope to have answers soon.

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      Hi Louis

      The bloods came back positive for RA factor however another test was negative. I need to see a rheumatologist. Feeling a bit fed up now! X

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      Louis, hi, Weill you had some type of answer and as medical reseach becomes better we will be closer to answers. It is best to keep abreast of all as much as possible and I know I should get some bloods done also.  Maybe there is something new and helpful.  Being borderline of anything is not great, is it?  Still we are luckier than so many others.  Let's move ourselves on and help all we can!  Thanks. X
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