So back in February I started having pretty bad pain in my left wrist, to the point where the tendon that comes off my thumb would literally pop out of place any time I moved my thumb. I couldn’t even reach behind my back without getting sharp stabs of pain. I ignored it for a while as far as seeking treatment, and went for my own method of “brace it, ice it, and take an ibuprofen” until it got bad enough that I had to leave work early one night. I went to the urgent care facility near my work the next morning for x-rays and lo and behold, tendinitis.
I spent a week out of work, a few more weeks on light duty (nothing over 15 pounds which is … difficult when I work in a department where most boxes weigh over 35), and I’ve kept it braced while at work since. I’ve not had any problems with it in a few months, which is nice.
However, I’m starting to notice the same sort of deal on my right wrist, which is significantly more built up muscle-wise than my left now (owing to 8 months of being in a brace for 9 hours a day, 4-5 days a week). I’m hoping it’s not the same deal and it’s just sore from having to do that project of doom a few days ago that involved lots and lots of pencil holding for hours on end.
I tweaked it a little at work earlier this afternoon and decided to swap the brace over from my left to my right (thank you, whoever invented braces that work for both hands). My right wrist is still a bit stiff and I plan on icing it when I hop into bed, and my left is a little sore, but I’m mostly believing that it’s just because it had a bit more freedom today than it usually gets while at work and had to bend in ways it’s not used to anymore.
Super duper hoping I am not ending up with tendinitis in my right wrist, too; I rely way too much on being able to use my hands in order to do my job. Stocking fruit and vegetables is difficult when one cannot lift the boxes or pour them into their designated areas.
Typing a lot probably isn’t helping, either. So this is where I leave for tonight.