hand pain??? any ideas?
View previous topic | View next topic >
Post new topic Reply to topic
M.A.I.L. Forum Index -> Chat
   
Author Message

Joined: August 14, 2007
Posts: 1391
Submissions: 9
Location: arkansas

hand pain??? any ideas?
Reply with quote
Posted on Wed Jan 13, 2010 4:17 pm
Link to Post: Link to Post

So, a couple months ago, my right hand started hurting. I noticed it hurt more when I did things, weight bearing things, like lifting, carrying bags, etc. the pain came out of nowhere, I had not done anything that should have cause pain, no injury type stuff.
The pain eventually got better and went away. It was back with full force a week or two later. It's gone on like this 3-4 times over the last couple months. It comes and lasts a week, gradually getting "better" then is gone, then comes back a week or so later.
Does anyone have any idea what this could be? I've looked it up online and don't think it's carpal tunnel as there's no numbness or problems moving hand and fingers or dropping things. It's just pain. The pain is at the back of my hand and radiates down my wrist. Usually only when I'm doing things with it, lifting stuff. But, sometimes it's a dull ache all day.

I know, I know, see a doctor.....but the lack of medical insurance means that I'm at the mercy of the internet and you guys Smile At least for a couple more months (husband finally getting insurance at work in March).



Joined: March 3, 2002
Posts: 4378
Submissions: 79
Location: tres piedras, new mexico

Reply with quote
Posted on Wed Jan 13, 2010 4:44 pm
Link to Post: Link to Post

there are more RSIs (repetative stress injuries) than just carpul tunnel..

do you stretch regularly?

another thing that i have no real information or proof on is, how do you sleep? specifically, how do you hold your hands when you sleep? maillers spend a lot of their time with a tense partial fist (from holding pliers). this can lead to the tendency to sleep with a closed fist. i am convinced that some of the hand issues with our industry spring directly from this.

another thing that we have (meaning internet maillers), is typing issues. typing and mailling can compound what would otherwise be a simple problem.

stretch. stretch. stretch.
also, take mailling breaks. i know this is hard if you're pro, but that numbness can turn what would be a 3 or 4 days break into a 3 or 4 month break. i spent 5 months in mental agony because my hands hurt, and i didn't listen. all i wanted to do for 5 months was maille and every time i did it hurt.

i have read that vitamin E can be good to rub into your hands for things like this.. it can come in gelcaps that you can pierce with a pin, squeeze out, and massage in.

and speaking of massage, get your husband to give you a handjob.

good luck with this. and... don't overdo it.

kim


PSA: remember to stretch.
3.o is fixing everything.

Joined: March 12, 2006
Posts: 770
Submissions: 9
Location: Huntington, WV

Reply with quote
Posted on Wed Jan 13, 2010 4:45 pm
Link to Post: Link to Post

Ditto what sakred said

Joined: January 21, 2009
Posts: 75
Submissions: 0
Location: Pearland, Texas

Reply with quote
Posted on Wed Jan 13, 2010 9:19 pm
Link to Post: Link to Post

Then there is always my method, ice alternated with heat, motrin and rum. Works for me Razz

Joined: August 30, 2008
Posts: 3119
Submissions: 20
Location: Burlington, ON, Canada

Reply with quote
Posted on Wed Jan 13, 2010 9:25 pm
Link to Post: Link to Post

Once you've done that, it may be worth your while to work on the muscles in your hand...

Something like: http://www.thextensor.com/



Joined: July 25, 2008
Posts: 844
Submissions: 0

Reply with quote
Posted on Wed Jan 13, 2010 10:13 pm
Link to Post: Link to Post

It could be a number of things.
I would sugest asking a PT person about it.
It could be a pinced nerve or just a tight tendon/ligiment. a lot easier to deal with then RSI like carple tunnel.

Make sure your doing the right type of streaching/excersize. Doing them right can help. Doing them wrong can make things worse.

Joined: March 12, 2006
Posts: 770
Submissions: 9
Location: Huntington, WV

Reply with quote
Posted on Wed Jan 13, 2010 11:31 pm
Link to Post: Link to Post

The thing that bothers me is that the pain is reoccurring. That may suggest a more serious problem. Now since your a seasoned mailler that would render the prospect of pain occurring due to not being used to weaving metal highly unlikely.

One thing to look for is that the pain may not be originating from your hand. A strain or injury of some sort up the arm could be the cause. In many cases (back, legs, arms) regarding a persistent pain the source is often some place else, even multiple locations at times.

Joined: August 14, 2007
Posts: 1391
Submissions: 9
Location: arkansas

Reply with quote
Posted on Wed Jan 13, 2010 11:45 pm
Link to Post: Link to Post

thanks everyone. i have it in a wrist brace right now. think it might be tendonitis or a sprain.



Joined: June 22, 2007
Posts: 1032
Submissions: 6
Location: Hampshire, IL

Reply with quote
Posted on Thu Jan 14, 2010 12:20 am
Link to Post: Link to Post

Take care and don't overdo it. You might just need to take a break for now.

Joined: January 10, 2010
Posts: 5
Submissions: 0
Location: New York

Reply with quote
Posted on Tue Jan 19, 2010 12:52 am
Link to Post: Link to Post

Any neck, shoulder or elbow pain? is it tender to the touch? Im a physical therapist so maybe I can offer some solutions...how often do you maille and for how long?

Joined: April 25, 2005
Posts: 231
Submissions: 1
Location: Ohio & Illinois & Kentucky

Reply with quote
Posted on Mon Jan 25, 2010 12:09 pm
Link to Post: Link to Post

Sounds a bit like tendonitis to me. Of course, I just had carpal tunnel surgery on both wrists and have now developed trigger thumb that isn't responding well to cortisone shots so I really don't know. But, I do feel your pain.


Deb
---------------------

(formerly maillemystique)

If you aren't willing to stand behind our troops, please feel free to stand in front of them.

Joined: May 09, 2010
Posts: 9
Submissions: 0

Reply with quote
Posted on Sat May 15, 2010 6:55 am
Link to Post: Link to Post

Any PTs that could give me a bit of advice? I started mailling a couple months ago. Just this morning I woke up and felt popping of a ligament or something in my right thumb (along the top where it connects to the hand) and I couldn't move or bend it until it popped again. Putting pressure on various parts of the hand I found I have a deep ache on the palm at the base of the thumb that almost feels like a bruise (no visible discoloration though). It stayed that way, popping and aching for a couple hours then was fine during the day. Now that it's late night, it has come back again.

I don't generally hold my pliers against the palm. I hold them with the business end downward and the handles upward between thumb and the rest of the fingers. I am right handed though and use that one for the most force when opening/closing rings.

Any ideas?

Joined: March 3, 2002
Posts: 4378
Submissions: 79
Location: tres piedras, new mexico

Reply with quote
Posted on Sat May 15, 2010 2:55 pm
Link to Post: Link to Post

have you been doing any repetitive stress injury stretches? google RSI stretches.

and try to massage your hands at the end of a 2-3 hour stint, and every other stretching session on a long day.

you should be stretching every couple hours when mailling.


PSA: remember to stretch.
3.o is fixing everything.

Joined: February 24, 2010
Posts: 551
Submissions: 4

Reply with quote
Posted on Sat May 15, 2010 4:05 pm
Link to Post: Link to Post

that sounds similar to what happened to me once... like 5 years ago, long before i started mailling...

it was actually while i was playing gamecube, lol...


it only happened once, though :/

Joined: May 09, 2010
Posts: 9
Submissions: 0

Reply with quote
Posted on Sat Jun 05, 2010 1:05 am
Link to Post: Link to Post

It's been almost 3 weeks now and it has only been getting worse. I have an appointment with a hand specialist next week (earliest appt I could get). My right hand is pretty much useless now if I have to use the thumb in any way. I can't straighten it out and it is very painful right where the thumb meets the palm and in the web.

The closest thing I've been able to find that matches my symptoms is "Gamekeeper's Thumb/Skier's Thumb", though I haven't found any reference to this being a problem with maillers.

Post new topic Reply to topic
Jump to:  
Page 1 of 2. Goto page 1, 2  Next
All times are GMT. The time now is Wed Dec 11, 2019 10:27 pm
M.A.I.L. Forum Index -> Chat
Display posts from previous: