Wrist splints--do they help?

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elcamino
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   Posted 5/31/2007 5:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Good mornin' everyone.  For those of you who have consistently sore and swollen wrists, have you ever tried splinting them?  My rheumy suggested I splint my wrists at night because you can irritate them by inadvertently sleeping on them.  It seems to help a bit, but my wrists are getting progressively worse despite the night splinting. They were so sore this morning, I could barely drive--thankfully, I'm telecommuting today so I only had to drive 9 miles to get to the telecommute center instead of the normal 55 miles to my office!  I have splints on them right now, and I'll see if it helps any, but I was just wondering if any of you have any other suggestions?
 
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Elcamino
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curley
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   Posted 5/31/2007 7:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Elcamino hi,

I am wearing splints on both wrist and I was told to wear them night and day because I have copal tunnel really bad.They seem to help some what.I know my Nero has me going back in six weeks and if it has not changes then I will have to surgery.I hope that you get the much needed relief.
Curley
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Ducky
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   Posted 6/1/2007 6:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey El.. did you try it? How did it work out for you?
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yalinda
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   Posted 6/1/2007 7:04 PM (GMT -7)   
as a former Ot i can tell you that the support and proper positioning is a help, but if ill fitted it can cause injury. watch for what we called hot spots any reddened areas and remove and report immediately. the fitting may change with inflammation levels so keep an eye on them and enjoy the benifits.
hugs to u el--- curley and duck too! yalinda

elcamino
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   Posted 6/2/2007 5:29 PM (GMT -7)   
the wrist splints have been helping a lot. But only as long as I'm wearing them, and for a brief period of time after I take them off. I find them really hard to wear all night, but just keeping my wrists still and straight for a while helps (which is the only reason for wearing the splints). My wrists and hands continue to get worse every week, but I think they'll settle down eventually and the mtx should kick in.

El
Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suspected dx: UCTD/Early Lupus
Current Meds: Enbrel, Plaquenil, Aciphex, Ultracet, Zyrtec, Allavert-D, Zantac, Tylenol PM
Past Meds: Relafen, Vioxx, Mobic, Voltaren, Sulfasalazine, Entocort, Prednisone, Humira, Reglan


yalinda
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   Posted 6/3/2007 6:45 AM (GMT -7)   
hugs ((((((((((((((())))))))))))))))))))

Hollynne
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   Posted 6/7/2007 7:38 PM (GMT -7)   
My new doc, the rheumy, wrote a Rx for wrist splints today and I went right to the med supply store.  I've had them on since-  he says wear them all the time while my wrists are so bad...   I actually wanted to walk around my yard tonight and water my flowers!!  The splints make my wrists feel....  stable...?   The pain seems to be better, too while I am wearing them... HOWEVER, when I came inside and took them off-  OH WOW!  Did my wrists hurt even more!!  I actually cried and my hubby came to put them back on...  I don't know if I am happy or apprehensive about them now....  I mean, I may have to invest in several pair!  This pair will be my garden splints because well....  gardens contain soil and I'm a digger!  LOL  I told my hubby that I'll need nice ones for church, everyday ones for in the house, Artsy ones so I can paint and work, garden ones- the pair I already broke in, and finally shower splints!  LOL  I might be able to manage to do more things but I can see that keeping them looking decent will be a challenge for me.  As an artist I am often covered in whatever the paint color is I am working in and well...  I'm not "dainty".  My Mom still teases me and says I am the only kid she ever knew who actually could manage to get dirty IN the bath tub!!!  (My answer to that is that my Mom was what people here in PA call "clean crazy"-  she made us clean before the cleaning lady came!!  Sheesh!)
 
But back to the splints.  I'd say, yes, they do help and I think they might be my favourite new thing!
 
~Holly w RA in PA~   :-)
Dear Lord, please help me to be the kind of person my dogs think I am!


MysteryB
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   Posted 6/7/2007 7:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Before I went into remission they helped me from doing something that would exacerbate the problem. At night, I have a tendancy to curl my hands into tiny balls, and then they don't want to uncurl in the morning and splints stop that. Not that they weren't (aren't still sometimes) achey, but the are useable.
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