chronic wrist tendonitis

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   Posted 7/9/2011 4:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, I'm a musician from the UK and I've been suffering from tendonitis for the past few years now (unknowing how serious it was) and I saw my GP in January, and I'm still now getting no real help. I'm now reaching the point where every day activities are becoming increasingly difficult and playing my instrument (which I earn my money from) is becoming almost unbearable. I was just really wondering if anyone has any advice? Either on dealing with it, or on actually getting the correct treatment from my GP. I've tried weaker painkillers such as ibuprofen and paracetamol and I have also tried some partially stronger painkillers but the pain is almost unbearable and I'm just completely at a loss with what to do. Any help would be much appreciated, thanks! yeah

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   Posted 7/9/2011 9:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a case of that several years ago. What helped me the most was:

Keeping the wrist immobilized as much as possible using either a brace or an elastic bandage...commonly called an ACE bandage here in the USA>

Also I found a lot of relief using heat. For 10 minutes or so a few times a day I would place an electric heating pad on my wrist. I found also that using a moist heat worked better than a dry heat. If you don't have an electric heating pad and can't afford to get one then using a towel soaked in hot water and wrung out or a damp towel placed in the microwave for a minute or two works well also.

Finally I got relief by applying a pain relieving cream 3 or 4 times a day. I usually this right after the treatment sessions with the heating pad.

I know many doctors and physical therapists say to use ice to reduce any swelling or to alternate using ice and heat, but every time I tried ice it made my pain triple in a matter of a minute or two.

I would also suggest continuing to use some kind of anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen even though it may not do much good for immediate pain relief. The reason being is that it may help keep any swelling down and help keep the pain from getting worse.
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   Posted 7/9/2011 11:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I have tendernitis in my right shoulder my GP told me to use heat on it when it is really bad.
And I go in on the 21 July to have the first of 3 injections into the sore parts to get pain relief.
As I have fibromyalgia I am used to pain if anyone can get used to pain so I have put the injections off till then.
I have read that resting can help with the pain as well.

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   Posted 7/10/2011 12:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tominda~

Nice to meet you and welcome to the CP Forum! I'm sorry you're suffering from wrist pain especially since it's your source of income. I would imagine keeping it immobile is hard to do.

First thought I had is....are you confident in the diagnosis? If your doctor diagnosed you then he should be giving you much better treatment and help. Six months between visits is way too long for an ongoing problem. Maybe he doesn't think he needs to see you but YOU need him to get something going for you in the way of treatment. What he gave you obviously isn't helping so he needs to see you so he can try again...that is if you have faith in him.

If not then I would suggest either changing doctors or, my preference, go to a university/teaching hospital in your area. There is a thread at the top of the list called Chronic Pain 101. In there is a link to university/teaching hospitals world wide. I got the link for you so you wouldn't have to go searching for it.

There are a huge number of them in the UK. Look for the one nearest you, give them a call and explain your problem and I'm confident you will get the help you need.

Good luck and keep in touch with us...OK?
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   Posted 7/10/2011 1:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I, too, have tendonitis in my wrists, that has developed from lifting my twins babies.  It's better than it was, but definitely still there.   Sometimes if I turn my wrist to grab something, the pain almost brings me to my knees - and I can handle a lot of pain.  I'm sorry you are going through this, particularly being a musician.
The others gave you some good ideas... I've gotten 2 cortisone injections in my wrists so far - and they have helped some.  I also am using lidocaine patches on them, and again - it's not a "cure" but it helps. 
I sure hope you feel better.  And, by the way, welcome to the board. :)

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   Posted 7/10/2011 3:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello again, I've changed doctors four times and I've been referred to physio and to see a hand specialist but that's not until august. Yes, I've tried keeping it immobile or resting it but it's virtually impossible seeing as I've got a lot of music exams and when teaching I need to be able to accompany or demonstrate. I've also got an appointment to see a music specialist on the 19th of July which I'm hoping will be more use then my GP (one of which didn't even know what tendonitis was)

I also have a pain in my ankles (mainly right, sometimes both) it's on the out facing side just above the sticky out bone (was never very good with science haha) but it's almost a burning pain every time i walk more then a couple of minutes, wondering if anyone had any ideas on that? I saw my doctor about that but he's completely clueless, and there's not many more doctors at my surgery that I can change to see.
I'm just really fed up with this dragging on so long now, and I've even been to my walk-in clinic out of pure desperation for them to do something to help it (as I'm aware it's not going to be a five minute fix) but I've found more help on the internet so far then I've had from any doctor.

Thanks everyone for being so nice :)

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   Posted 7/10/2011 3:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Chutz said...

If not then I would suggest either changing doctors or, my preference, go to a university/teaching hospital in your area. There is a thread at the top of the list called Chronic Pain 101. In there is a link to university/teaching hospitals world wide. I got the link for you so you wouldn't have to go searching for it.

Hello, I do live near a university hospital so I'll phone them up tomorrow, but is there any particular reason you'd suggest this? Just curious I suppose :)

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   Posted 7/11/2011 10:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I usually post on the fibromyalgia forum, but have lots of other pain issues, so I lurk in here sometimes. I'm also having wrist problems, so your post got my attention, and I guess I need to see a doc and get a proper diagnosis, too. rolleyes

I'm posting because I agree with Chutz about trying a University/Teaching Hospital. I've learned to go that route when I have a problem that is difficult to diagnose or treat. In my experience, I've found that they are usually pretty up on the current research, have access to cutting edge treatments and technologies, have doctors who specialize within specialties (like an ENT who only does ears), and often, since they are all right there together, doctors from different specialties will collaborate on your care.

I've gone to a teaching hospital several times when I wasn't able to get a definitive diagnosis or helpful treatment elsewhere, and most of those times I was happy with the results.
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