Does anyone else have to use wrist splints

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   Posted 9/1/2010 11:32 AM (GMT -7)   
A couple of years ago I started having to wear wrist splints when I sleep to help with wrist pain.  Over the last year I'm having to wear them more and more even some during the day.....does anyone else have to do this???  I stretch my wrists (physical therapy type stretches) daily.  I'm getting concerned about the increasing pain though.  I also have to use a mouth guard to help with jaw clinching - I feel like I'm getting ready for a boxing match when I go to bed at night.

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   Posted 9/1/2010 2:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Livnlearn, I have had times where I have had to use the wrist splints at night but after a few months the pain wasnt as bad and I could stop using them for awhile and then I would have another flare where I needed them again. Right now I havent had to use them for a couple of years.and am grateful. I hope you get some relief soon.
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   Posted 9/1/2010 3:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I wear retainers that are a lot like mouth guards, I had braces at the age of 40 (pain, pain!!), that was 9 years ago and I wear the retainers every night otherwise my teeth will relspse. In fact we are fixing a relapse that happened even with the retainers in.

I also wore a wrist brace when I was cleaning 2 horse stalls every day but not now.
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   Posted 9/1/2010 3:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I wear thumb splints for arthritis in my wrists. The occupational therapist fit them on my hands so they are custom fitted. My thumbs and wrists still hurt a lot during the day. I sometimes wear them if I'm driving. Diane
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   Posted 9/1/2010 4:18 PM (GMT -7)   


I've been wearing wrist splints for approx. 3 yrs now.  I have to wear them day and night sometimes depending on my symptoms.... fibro flare ups, tendonitis pain, or arthritis pain.  I use them on both wrists.  If the pain gets unbearable I go see my Pain and Spine doc to get trigger point injections. 

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   Posted 9/1/2010 6:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Why does it make me feel better to know someone else has the same problem as I do?  I have been thinking I was an oddball for having to wear a wrist splint when I sleep.  Thanks for this post.  Now I don't feel so odd.  I think I have to upgrade my wrist splint to include a thumb splint too.  We are so special - aren't we?

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   Posted 9/1/2010 7:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I had carpal tunnel surgery on both hands (nov and dec 09) and since have had brutal hand pain. Lumps of scar tissue at incision site but mystery pain in the pad of my thumb and wrist...on both hands. The surgeon said the thumb pain is called "pillar pain" and would get better in about 3 months. I am way past that and still hurts so bad every day. I don't wear braces anymore cuz it seemed to make it worse but I sure wish someone could figure out something to help it. Didn't know I had fibro when first trying to figure it all out but got the diagnosis during the process. Maybe the hand pain is just part of it...not sure. I have had multiple cortizone injections as well as trigger point but nothing seems to help. So frustrating.
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   Posted 9/2/2010 12:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I had to for a few months about 6 years ago now. I had DeQuairvains Tensynovitis in my left wrist and carpal tunnel on my right. I now only have occasional problems with my left wrist. I hope you find some relief from you pain soon!
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   Posted 9/2/2010 6:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I have carpal tunnel syndrome on top of everything else, so I have to wear splints on both wrists while at work. I am also supposed to wear them while sleeping, but I can't do it every night. The splints make my wrists so hot and I have trouble sleeping. Maybe as the weather cools down it will be easier to wear them every night.

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   Posted 9/2/2010 9:12 AM (GMT -7)   
It's been awhile but I use to have to wear them all the time. I sure to understand the pain. Had to wear them at night too. Because of the pain I had to stop doing yard work. Since taking a break from gardening the pain got better.

I hope your pain goes away and you feel better.
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   Posted 9/3/2010 8:27 AM (GMT -7)   

I was diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome earlier this year by a neurologist (I was actually there for something completely different, but he checked me over a bit and told me that was part of the problems in my health. He recommended wearing the splints at night to see if that made any difference - but the only difference was increased shooting pains and the inability to close my fingers.

This doctor also told me that if I didn't see any difference or if pain got worse, I was free to call him immediately thru his pager to try and squeeze in an appointment. He said I should set up an appointment in about 2 weeks, so we can analyze everything.


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   Posted 9/3/2010 9:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for your responses and insight. Sobermommy - I'm sorry that your surgery hasn't brought relief and you are the second person I know who has had the surgery but not so great results (and you're the only ones I know of period) And regarding It's A New Day's reply - I know what you mean about knowing you're not the only one. I guess the wrist splints are a must for alot of us.

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   Posted 9/8/2010 5:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't know why mine has been so bad. My mom had both hands done at the same time and had wonderful results. They think part of the problem stems from the neck and shoulder problems...and is intensified by the fibro. Boy what i wouldn't do for a magic
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   Posted 9/9/2010 2:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I use wrist splints off and on whenever I feel I am having a flare. I usually only wear them at night, but sometimes during the day as well.
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