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10 February 2010 @ 01:29 pm
wrist ow  
im typing this with my left hand, so i'm going to forego caps.

on monday i was finishing the "last" section f removing carpet to expose the hardwood floor. i was pretty tired f it, but i thought it mental fatigue, not physical (other tan the bruises on my shins from kneeling so much.)

two parts of the job are very wrist intensive. pulling the staples with vice grips (pressing down, squeezing, sometimes a twist, and then pulling) and waxing (its the king of wax you let dry, then rub until it shines.)

this is by best guess as to why my wrist started hurtng yesterday. it started mild, and now is excrutiating. on the theory its tendinitis, i've been wearing a brace and icing it, but the pain is not getting better. it feels a little better why i wiggle my fingers.

i hope im treating it right. i don't have a dctr i trust and with the threatening snow, that might nt be much of an option.

to day is do everything with the left hand. though G has already been a big help on sme things i can't do with only on hand.
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Beth: dreamssylvanstargazer on February 10th, 2010 06:34 pm (UTC)
The usual treatment for tendinitis is ibuprofen, periodic ice and rest. It can take a while for the inflammation to go down.
Nurghringrose on February 10th, 2010 08:20 pm (UTC)
Take a couple of Ibuprofen before you go to bed. Sleeping is a time when you have multiple hours not stressing your hand; managing to reduce the swelling during that time really helps the tendons recover. From your description is that you are doing the right things.

Be careful about the brace, though. I'm generally not a fan of wrist braces because your muscles atrophy remarkably quickly. The suggestion I got which I trust (but haven't had to do) is to wear the brace at night to keep you from sleeping on it poorly, but not during the day. That way you keep doing some movement.
Someone I am is waiting for my courageforgotten_aria on February 10th, 2010 08:46 pm (UTC)
the brace is making much of the pain go away. im try to make suer i wiggle my fingers and ill take the brace off through out the day, but for now, i think things are bad enough i need it on.

i appriciate the advice a whole lot though. i know how long you've lived with wrist issues.