Tendonitis anyone?

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   Posted 3/10/2010 5:24 PM (GMT -7)   
A couple of years ago I had tenosynovitis in my wrists (like tendonitis but it inflames the sack around the tendon and causes huuuuge swelling and pain) I've also had arthritis flares in my wrist joints several times in the past so I can kind of tell the difference between arthritis and tendon inflammation in that area.

It feels like I'm getting a tendon issue in my right wrist (which wouldn't be surprising with the amount of writing, typing and texting I do) I suffered for a long time with the tenosynovitis (took months to get diagnosed and by then it was on the recovery path anyway) so far theres no mass swelling or major pain and movement is still good but theres a little swelling and pain around the carpul tunnel area.

It'd take months to get a rheumatologist appointment (long story) so was just wondering if anyone had any experience with tendonitis or tenosynovitis and what the best thing to do for relief is? Its early stages so is there anyway I can stop it getting really nasty?

Right now I'm using a splint when writing and typing and also applying heat regularly. I can probably get to see a GP in the next week but I'm not sure what they could actually do except refer me on to a rheumy the wait would be forever and with exams and coursework deadlines coming up if I lost the use of my dominant hand and wrist I would be screwed!! So typical, Crohn's is fantastic and I'm fitter and stronger than ever and boom a tiny but v. important joint starts to give me gip!!

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   Posted 3/10/2010 6:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Yep, especially the right wrist. Started about a year ago; I put it down to a decade of mouse use catching up with me. I then switched to using the mouse with my left hand, which I often still do if my right wrist starts to burn again.

Anyways, if you use the mouse a lot try you can try switching to your left hand; you get used to it far quicker than you might think. You can also look for an ergonomic mouse, designed to relieve pressure on the sensitive tendons of the wrist.

For typing you apparently shouldn't lay your palms on the desk; it forces the wrists upwards if you think about, which isn't good. Instead your hands and even your arms shouldn't be leaning on the desk when you type. I type that way naturally and it doesn't hurt my wrists, so it's probably correct advice.

Texting I'm not sure about, tbh. I don't do very much of it, as it drives me up the wall; too impatient to text, even with T9 input. Well, that's one tip; use T9 input if you don't already.

Hope this wasn't entirely useless!

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   Posted 3/10/2010 6:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Have you taken many of the flouroquinolone antibiotics such as Levaquin, Ciproflaxin, etc?
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   Posted 3/11/2010 12:47 AM (GMT -7)   
The last training course I was on recommened moist heat alternating with cold 3-4 times a day. Cold for no longer than 15 minutes. A small frozen bag of peas works great, put a tea towel between the cold and your wrist. For moist heat, under running hotish water.
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   Posted 3/11/2010 6:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for all the suggestions guys!

I used to have an ergonomic keyboard and mouse pad but typically these disappeared in one of the moves I made (what is it with that?! I swear whenever I move house a random selection of stuff disappears into some black hole) I think I should definitely invest in that again, for now I think the splint should do the job when I'm writing and typing, as for texting maybe I should just revert to the good old fashioned phone call instead! lol.

I've had Flagyl once a few years ago and other than that the only antibiotics I have is the occasional erythromycin for throat infections so I don't think its caused by something like that.

I've done a fair amount of googling and it seems the best thing to do is rest and heat and if that doesn't help to get a steroid injection but as far as I know only a rheumy would be qualified to administer that so I think it might be worth me getting a referral just in case its still bothering in a couple of months.

Thankyou for the quick and helpful responses people :-)

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