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Nerve pain in wrist - tips

Jan 23, 2016 5:10 PM

My left wrist is in severe pain and has been for two days. I took imitrex and Tylenol today. Neither helped at all. My Dr has suggested that the pain in my wrist is likely nerve pain. I've been putting heat on it and get the smallest relief but only while the heat is on it. Does anyone have any other suggestions?

Jan 23, 2016 5:51 PM

I've been using icy hot roll on from Walmart. It's not bad my hands, shoulders, arms and back are in a flare up. Just more pain. It does help. Good luck

Jan 23, 2016 10:33 PM

I will have to try that!

Jan 24, 2016 5:18 AM

I know it sounds weird but try researching paraffin wax dips. It works great for some of my pains.

Jan 24, 2016 6:19 AM

I'd say look into Volatrin gel, I'm not sure if it works for nerve pain or not but it helps me with a lot of different types of pain especially the shoulders and back even though my doctor said it "doesn't work" on muscle pain, well it works on mine. Also, look into getting wrist braces, they help with carpal tunnel which is usually the cause of nerve pain in the wrists.

Jan 24, 2016 12:11 PM

If you can get it, there's a hot hemp (hemp and menthol) combo rub on that really helps the nerve pain in my wrist. I also use DMSO, kava kava root, lemon balm, and Magnolia extracts to keep the pain down. I hope you find something to work for you.

Jan 24, 2016 8:09 PM

Thank you so much everyone! I will certainly be trying these!

Jan 24, 2016 9:13 PM

Is the volatrin gel a prescription?/I've heard a lot of u using it. The ice hot cream are more painf to me it burns so bad.

Jan 24, 2016 10:08 PM

I used voltage 3 years ago when I was pregnant. It was otc.

Jan 24, 2016 10:29 PM

Omg voltage... not what I meant to say! Voltaren was otc for me. I live in Canada. I don't know if that makes a difference.

Jan 25, 2016 1:39 AM

Volteren gel is prescription here in the States Newfibrogirl. πŸ’•

Jan 25, 2016 2:17 AM

You might try thermal glove. Not sure about its use in Canada but I received mine through Pain management / rehab. The thermal gloves Mostly used for arthritis conditions, but mine for neuropathy condition in my hand.

Jan 25, 2016 11:41 AM

Also try naturals oils if u can. Peppermint n lavender work best. Just rub it on with a carrier oil like olive oil. Lots of heat from heating pads helped me also advise works better than Tylenol for hat type of pain. I have psoriasis arthritis bad. Especially in the smaller joints like hands n feet.

Jan 26, 2016 8:58 AM

Have you tried wearing CTS type splints, to immobilize the wrist? I have CTS and had surgery on the right wrist. When the nerve pain flares I use my splints a few days to let it calm down. I know when it's CTS because the pain goes from the wrist to the finger tips. I use Voltaren (rx) gel and it only helps the Arthritis pain; doesn't affect my neuropathies, but does help with cramps. Hugs & prayers you find relief soon. πŸ™‚πŸ™πŸŒΌπŸ’•

Jan 26, 2016 1:53 PM

@CDNgirl37 if you live in the USA there is a company called doterra that sells natural oil products and they have a specific one for certain kinds of pain called Deep Blue. it works better for my mom than me though, and it can be expensive.

Jan 26, 2016 8:10 PM

Flappys - I did wear those for a few months. I woke up with my hands fully numb :(

Clizzy - I live in Canada.

Jan 26, 2016 9:46 PM

I happened to run across some sports wrap with the hot/cold medicine on it. There's not a lot but it's plenty for the wrist. It worked great for my sciatica when I was on a long drive. I found it at CVS and haven't seen it anywhere else yet. Also I've found cold works much better than heat for my bad wrist pain.

Jan 27, 2016 7:39 AM

Cdngirl, Have they done an EMG on your hands to see if it's coming from your neck? Going completely numb in splints is not normal. Hugs & prayers! πŸ™‚πŸ™πŸŒΌπŸ’•

Jan 27, 2016 8:02 AM

Flappys - I will be having nerve conduction testing in a few months (probably late March or early April). There is a long wait list up here. My referral went in in October.

Jan 27, 2016 9:04 AM

Omg... I never have to wait more than a month, but then I live in a city with lots of docs. Praying you get results to show what's causing your pain, and that it's not bad! Hugs!!! πŸ™‚πŸ™πŸŒΌπŸ’•

Jan 27, 2016 9:30 AM

CND, does the office where you are having the nerve conduction have a list they can put you on if there's a cancellation? That is just too long to have to wait.. For anyone!! If the referral was sent in October, you should have had it done by November. I love in NY so they do things fast here. I had mine (all three times) within a week of them saying they wanted me to have it done. I'm so sorry that you have to wait that long. Sending you gentle {{{Hugs}}} and prayers that you are able to get some kind of relief while you're waiting. πŸ’•πŸ™πŸ»πŸŒ»πŸ˜Š

Jan 27, 2016 12:28 PM

Voltaren will probably help some. Remember not to take ibuprofen at the same time cause it represents a double dose, according to my doc. There is a step up if you need it. That's a long wait for testing even here in the deep South.

Jan 27, 2016 12:40 PM

That wait is in Calgary. The population has been growing much faster than qualified drs become licensed.

Feb 01, 2016 5:19 AM

I am going 2/12 for the nerve test. I also wear the cts splints at night and hands still numb and throbbing in morning, especially my left one. I will let you know if they give me any suggestions.

Feb 11, 2016 1:12 AM

Is it your dominant hand? I get really strong wrist nerve pain, and have had to NEVER use pencils, which sounds weird and gets strange looks but hey, less pain is always good

Feb 11, 2016 7:28 AM

It's in both my hands. It doesn't hurt as much using writing utensils as it does typing.

Feb 11, 2016 7:43 AM

CDNgirl37, it sounds to me like you may be dealing with carpal tunnel syndrome. I was diagnosed with that so many years ago, I can't remember. I typed for many years and also did a lot of writing. I never went for the surgery but I also developed ganglion cysts in both wrists that needed to be surgically removed. I had to have nerve conduction studies done to be diagnosed. My hands hurt, burned and tingled. At night they would wake me being numb and I wore splints for a while. They were uncomfortable so I stopped using them. I find that texting, writing and typing are all painful for me at this time but I have degenerative joint disease. I hope you get the answers you need and perhaps they'll be able to ease some of that pain. {{{Hugs}}} πŸ’•πŸ™πŸ»πŸŒ»

Feb 11, 2016 1:54 PM

My pain management doctor showed me how to place a 2 inch velcro band snugly not tight just below my elbow and holy crap what a difference. I have carpal tunnel in both hands. This has helped me more than the braces they sell. Also try to NOT tuck your hands under your body or pillow when you go yo bed. That being said who knows what we do when we sleep right... If you have anybody in physical therapy that is a friend they can show you what I tried to explain.

Feb 11, 2016 6:46 PM

Alwayz, my doctor said it isn't carpal tunnel as the wrong fingers are affected.

LMB - thanks! I will try :)

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