I am having significant pain in my hands and wrists, and would like your input on whether it could be something besides carpal tunnel.
Over a year ago I completed a course of steriods over several months, and when was off them completely I started having severe pain in my wrists and hands. I was referred to a specialist who said it seemed to be a rebound inflammation after going off the steroids.
I started sleeping with those wrist guards on and that helped keep the pain from waking me, but I continued to have the soreness and numbness. I went through another course of steroids (for a lung condition) over a 10-month period, starting at 60 mg, and the pain instantly went away.
I went off Prednisone in November, and my hands did not hurt for several months. Just recently the pain and numbness came back. I started wearing those wrist braces to sleep, which sometimes helps.
My hands get so numb that I have to drive switching hands so that I can keep a grip on the wheel. If I let them hang down, the numbness goes away.
Do you think this is carpal tunnel (or was it ever CT)? I don't know if it could be lupus-related. Ibuprofen and Etodolac help with the pain but it would be great if I could alleviate the numbness.
UCTD, Pulmonary Vasculitis, Discoid Lupus, Asthma, Hypothyroidism, Sleep Apnea
Meds: CellCept, Plaquenil, Elidel, Levoxithyroxin, Bactrim, Lamictal, Lexapro, Xanax, Zonalon, Zyrtec, Rhinocort, Prilosec, Advair, Combivent, O2 as needed, CPAP