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Nagging pain in my hand what can it be?

By June 24, 2009 - 9:06pm
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I have nagging pain in wrist and hand. Can it be a pinched nerve? I don't think it's carpal tunnel.

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September 1, 2011 - 12:27pm
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Hello there BSA-Places!

Welcome to EmpowHer and thank you for posting this great question! I think pain in the hands like you are experiencing are probably even more common than many of us realize. Especially in this day and age of computers and BlackBerries and everything else that we use to keep our work and lives in order!

I think the posters above have given you excellent information and I'm so glad that you are going to see your doctor next week. I'm sorry that you have had to deal with this pain in your hand. I've known lots of women who have had similar pain and like the posters have said, it really does sound like a RSI or carpal tunnel type of thing.

What I wanted to add is that now that you have your brace, you might want to consider wearing it 24 hours a day for at least a few days to see if you notice any difference. One of my good girlfriends got carpal tunnel syndrome really badly when she was pregnant (which it turns out is pretty common), and she got not one but two of the braces and was advised to wear them all of the time, not just when she was on the computer, and they really helped her. She took them off for showering and washing dishes and things but she said keeping them on overnight really made a noticeable difference in her level of pain, and she said it didn't take too long to get used to them.

Please post again once you have seen your doctor and let us know how you are doing. I hope the brace will help you. Best in health, Michelle

June 27, 2009 - 10:27pm

Thank you for that info. i just go a brace and i'm going to see a doctor next week. so i will get all the info i need so that i can be ready to ask him some questions.

Thanks again...

June 27, 2009 - 8:34pm

Thank You, It's my dominant hand (the right)... It starts to tremble sometimes and when I'm just relaxing my hand would fall asleep a lot... I do use a computer at work a lot. I try to rest it when I get home but it's hard not to get on the computer. Any info would be great.

June 26, 2009 - 3:32pm

Hi, BSA. Welcome to Empowher, and thanks for your very good question.

Can you describe the pain you are having more specifically?

Is it your dominant hand?

Does it seem to start in a certain finger (and which one?) and go into your wrist? Does the pain travel up to your elbow or stay in your wrist?

Is it worse at night? Is it a stabbing pain or more of a strong ache?

And do you use your hands a lot? You might have a repetitive stress injury (carpal tunnel is one of those, but not the only one) that comes from doing the same movement over and over again. Any small movement that we do a million times, whether it's typing on a computer, scanning in items at a checkout line, or cutting meat in a butcher's shop, can result in an RSI injury. Usually such injuries are helped by taking anti-inflammatories, trying to rest that particular part of the body, and sometimes having some physical therapy and exercises to help.

Write back and let us know some more specifics and we'll see if we can help you figure out what's going on. Pain like you're describing is tough to live with.

June 25, 2009 - 5:12pm
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