Wrist Surgery Pain on side of wrist on thumb side

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I had metal plates put in my wrist about 3 weeks ago and am in a removable cast. I have unbearable pain at one spot on the side of my wrist under my thumb. It's real painful when I take my cast off and even with the cast I'm only comfortable holding my hand pointing up. Gravity seems to hurt my hand and can't even put my arm in a splint because it hurts. 2 questions:

Had anyone experience this to give advice on what you did to get comfortable and how long this pain lasted?

Any advice on the best position to sleep? All positions I've tried put pressure on that side of my wrist. I tried finding a position where my thumb is pointing up, but haven't found a good position that doesn't lock my shoulder. I haven't slept in 2 weeks and really need some sleep.

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    Hi I took home the foam arm brace that I had in hospital due to the nurses advice.It was used to keep my arm elevated post opp. I tied this to my bed post and slept on my back for 4 weeks, it was annoying but I never felt any discomfort from my wrist. I also bought a 'aircast wrist brace A2' as the NHS one made my wrist wringing wet.The aircast brace has metal splints top and bottom providing superior support and now I still wear this in bed and can even lay on it without pain. Money well spent I think. As for pain I  haven't had any of note apart from a few days after I had the cast removed and then I didn't take any pain killers. My wrist felt awful and the plate just felt like it didn't belong in my body. At 4 weeks had my hand manipulated by the physio and that was magic within days I could no longer tell I had a titanium plate in my wrist. I had pain between my thumb and wrist joint but only when  I pulled a brace or tight sleeve over it, I still do to some extent but very little now.
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      Thanks for the advice. I'll have to check if it's okay to get the aircast wrist brace a2 since it'll go over where the pain is. The doctor didn't want me to put anything over the pin so it won't bother me. Can you send me a picture of the foam arm brace? I tried googling it but many things came up.
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    Hi I hope this helps. Did you have an internal reduction? See my scar after I had my plate (internal reduction) no problems wearing anything over it. The foam Trauma Sling is made by promedics the code is TAU/10. I am pleased the nurse told me to keep it as it has been a godsend.When I start to ride my cycles again the physio recommended I wear my Aircast A2 the first time or two for support.
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      I'm not sure what an internal reduction is, but they had to cut both sides of my wrist. It looks like yours was on the back of your hand. My pin is on the other side. Thanks for the picture and advice.
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