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Stress and hand

Edited 2. I went to my first hand therapy appointment today. My wrists are in constant pain. These folks can help relieve the tendonitis and RSI, but not the underlying issues of how I use my body due to my movement disorder. However when you're in constant pain, treating the pain is good, even when it won't treat the underlying cause of the pain. It's bad when taking 3 Advil doesn't make much of a dent.

The therapy was relaxing, but also stressful in weird ways that have to do with me and my disability. Like trying to put my hands in the paraffin wax made me jerk and the assistant was all stressed about my spilling paraffin.

After the session my wrists stop hurting for about an hour. That was really good. I may also get referred to someone who can actually treat me for the underlying issues. Even better.

The proximate cause of this recent flareup is

1) stress. duh.

2) I'm doing too much with my hands that involves locking my wrists. Luckily for you folks, that's not typing. Typing while not exactly great for anyone isn't actually a big load on my wrists. I tried no typing days in a row. Wrists didn't notice. Unfortunately for me, it's mostly activities difficult to reduce like driving, housework and childcare. Depending on who you ask, locking my wrists is my brilliant but painful adaptation to my movement disorder. Or something I can be trained out of.

I'm starting to go to the gym this week to help deal with the stress. I'm cutting a few of his OT and PT apts since he's doing better than I am.

I'll get more help with childcare and housework. I've tried for weeks to get back respite care. Finally yesterday the case worker called back and said she'd get me the PO for a new agency. She said a few days. It'll prolly be a couple weeks.

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goldenlily
Aug. 4th, 2006 02:12 am (UTC)
I used the wax a lot when I hand my tendonitis problems - it does help. Do you think it was just your natural reaction or because of the treatment/stress too? If just stress and stuff grab one from the stores and bring it home. THe worst accident I've had was dropping my cashmere throw in the wax - but even got that out. It's not dangerous and you can set how hot you want it - sometimes the PT's is too hot for me.

Hope it all helps
waterowl
Aug. 4th, 2006 04:50 pm (UTC)
Prolly the stress and being in a strange place. It wasn't hot enough for me but I prolly didn't apply it correctly. I love it on my feet when I get a pedicure. My movement disorder only affects my upper body. Weird, isn't it? I'll try it again next time.
charlottesmom
Aug. 5th, 2006 04:03 am (UTC)
If paraffin works, can you get one of those home treatment units so that you won't have the added stress of doing it in a new place? You can get them at Ulta and other places?

Also, does immobilizing your wrists help at all? You know, in those over the counter wrist guards or the custom ones they make for carpal tunnel sufferers?

I don't know much, if anything, about your disorder, but I've had wrist pain from carpal tunnel and tendonitis. I'm sooooo sympathetic, Thida. And I hope you're feeling some relief soon.
waterowl
Aug. 5th, 2006 05:13 pm (UTC)
I wear wrist guards at night that were helping, and still do, but the pain went beyond that.

Basically I didn't get help soon enough. If I can't find hand retraining that works long term, I'll go to hand therapy earlier next time. As I like to say, I'm a learning animal.

I can also buy a paraffin if it works. Maybe the paraffin will help when my wrist are in better shape.

Thanks for the sympathy. :)
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