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I am in desperate search for reassurance/insight/suggestions on this... I am at the end of my teather and have lost almost all confidence in medical professionals...although I suppose that's not a reasonable thing to say seeing as they are only human after all...

Ever since August last year, I have been getting a burning pain, localised around the inside of the outer ball joint of my left wrist. Since then I have tried numerous solutions...the history thus far...

GP:

Action: GP prescribes anti-inflamatories and suspects hypermobility.
Outcome: No change after anti-inflamatories is finished.

Action: GP prescribes MORE anti-inflamatories and a carpul brace.
Outcome: Once again no change after anti inflamatories is finished.

Action: GP sends for X-Rays
Outcome: No visible soft-tissue damage...Carpul index is only 0.01 outside of the norm...

Physio-Therapist:

Action: GP prescribes...once more...anti inflamatores...and sends me to a physio-therapist.
Outcome: Physio flames GP for suggesting hyper-mobility and says it's not a possibility. Physio is frustrated at the fact that I can't tell her when or how the pain occurs.

Action: Physio starts doing needle work on my wrist.
Outcome: No change at next session

Action: Physio realises that my neck and left shoulder is in spasmism and, thinking that it is referred pain, starts doing needle work on neck and shoulder.
Outcome: No change at next session except for being able to look in my "blind-spot" again...(Never noticed that it was a problem untill it was actually fixed!!)

Action: Physio does more needlework on neck and shoulder.
Outcome: No change at next session.

Action: Physio decides to try doing needlework on elbow instead.
Outcome: No change...except for dull pain in elbow.

Action: Physio gives up and passes me on to a colluege whom massages and stretches the shoulder/arm to relieve "Nervous tention"
Outcome: Neck and shoulder no longer in spasmism at next session BECAUSE I am now on Urbanol and Zopiclone (which has muscle relaxant properties)...as prescribed by Psychiatrist...so the physio realises it can NOT be referred pain.

So the Physio has now referred me to an occupational therapist whom I saw this morning. According to her, it might be the cartlidge in my wrist...what's more, is that she told me I have "Hyper mobile joints". DARN IT ALL!!! I am back to square one!!!!

She is going to be contacting a hand-surgeon to get some ideas/opinions so hopefully that would give me something CONCRETE and an affirmation on the Hypermobility.

I have lax ligaments and hyper mobile joints but am all too easily persuaded otherwise, especially in the absence of medical proof and especially because I don't want to seem like a hypocondriac by insisting it is...The one doctor says it is HMS...the other says it's not. Now, the possibility of "Connective tissue disorder" is popping up AGAIN...

How can I once and for all have this confirmed/denied...and any ideas suggestions on the burning sensation in my wrist???
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replied May 8th, 2008
HAS ANYONE CONSIDERED CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME OR CERVICAL SPINE PROBLEMS? YOU SHOULD MAYBE CONSIDER AN EMG TEST AND X-RAY OR MRI OF THE CERVICAL SPINE. (I WORK FOR A PHYSIATRIST)
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replied April 4th, 2011
Neck pain w/ burning wrist.
Too late to respond to your question,but I have the same problem. Had an MRI done and found a cervical disk (can't remember which #) that presses into my cervical cord, which causes the burning in my right forearm into my pointer finger. Still have found no solution to relieve pain, and it is not considered bad enough for surgery. But trust me, it is bad and is now starting to effect the rest of my muscles in my back.

If anyone has any advice, I would love to hear from you. I am.a 43 yr old healthy woman besides this agonizing problem.

Thanks, jeanette.
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replied June 15th, 2009
Did you find help? this sounds exactly like what my husband is going through now.
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replied November 17th, 2009
I have the EXACT same symptoms! I had left shoulder surgery in May of this year due to an injury at work (I work at a hospital, lifting & moving patients is part of the job). My shoulder surgeon repaired a small labral tear due to the injury (which was back in Sept '07 but taken this long through work comp system, and finding a diagnosis) ... BUT he said I needed the joint to be tightened as well because it was hypermobile (FIRST time I'd ever heard of this!)

When the injury happened 2 years ago, I immediately felt pain in my left shoulder (the side of my body used to lift the patient). The next day: tingling and numbness in left thumb & index finger. A couple of days later: burning pain in left wrist. What followed was an EMG & then diagnosis of carpal tunnel (from an ACUTE injury ... whatever!) Then after months of failed response from anti-inflammatories & physical therapy, the suggestion of carpal tunnel release surgery. In the meantime, I started overcompensating with my right arm to protect the left, and started getting numbness, tingling and pain in my right hand, wrist & forearm. The Carpal Tunnel Release surgery was denied by work comp. Then nothing happened for months. I took matters into my own hands (excuse the pun) since I still felt dull aching in my shoulder & thought the prob might be coming from there ... I got auth to see a shoulder surgeon in Dec '08 (a year after the injury). I also told him about my wrist symptoms. He recommended a referral to a hand specialist (which I had already been seen ... can you say PING PONG?!) ... but this was denied by work comp as well anyway.

My shoulder surgery went well, and I am 6 months post-surg. My wrist symptoms also cleared up considerably over the course of 2 years and not working ... HOWEVER ... a week and a half ago, I did some baking for a friend's babyshower, and both my wrists have flared up like crazy! INTENSE pain in both wrists (I'm struggling to type, but am so excited to have found someone with the same symptoms ... I was beginning to think I was CRAZY!), and numbness & tingling in both hands & fingers ... like pins & needles.

I have lost all faith in the medical community to help me, and I am saddened & coming to terms with the fact that I don't think I'm going to be able to go back to work, doing what I was doing, and enjoyed Sad

I wish you all the best, and if I ever find an answer ... I'll get back to you!
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replied November 17th, 2009
I just found this article that you might find interesting:

www.reumatologia-dr-bravo.cl/patients/Pain JHS.htm
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replied April 23rd, 2010
I have had significant pain in my outer left wrist for years now following an injury. Years later j finally found a dr who took me seriously. I have multiple torn ligaments in my outer wrist (TFCC and lunotriquetral ligament). These tears usually do not appear on MRI. I have to say that the long term solution requires multiple surgeries though, a process that I am still going through.

I would recommend seeing at least one hand surgeon. If the pain is truely unbearable, exploratory surgery may be the only means of diagnosis (that is what it took for me).

Good luck.
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replied February 3rd, 2011
Sorry, I don't have but a moment but wanted to chime in quickly. I think a lit may depend of the quality and intensity of your symptoms. Have you ever heard of Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome? Formerly know as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. There is some info out there about it though it is a very uncommon condition. My husband has had CRPS for three years now, a result of an injury to his wrist and the subsequent repair surgery. It's a very painful disorder and can be difficult to diagnose. Best of luck.
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replied May 21st, 2011
another wrist pain story
i too have outer wrist pain... i have been diagnosised with several cervical vertabae ("herniated") recently while setting up for a music jam (i play bass)apr.this year i pulled my 70lb bass amp to the stage and subsequent teardown...the next day i had pain in my neck,upper l. shoulder blade, l. tricep,burning l. wrist outer pain, and tinggling sensation in my little finger and the V.A. is my pcp...so far they just given me drug..muscle relaxers, anti-inflamatories and a "nerve drug" called gabapentin for 2 weeks and that dosage 1st week 1 a day...2nd week 2 a day 3rd week 3 a day so,,, far no change... needles to say i can't play bass or do any manual labor as my arm is about 50% weaker
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replied August 10th, 2011
Pain and Burning In Wrist
Has anyone talked to you about DeQuervain's Tenosynovitis? You may want to ask your doctors about it. You can find alot of info about it on the internet and pictures of exactly where the pain is, the tendones, tissue, nerves etc...involved.
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replied January 24th, 2012
Wrist / finger pain tingling and numbness.
I don't know much about all this but I have been having problems with my arms getting tired and going numb during normal everday activities suck as brushing hair, showering, anytime my arms need raised. If I have to hold a position for long with my hand my fingers/hand would go kind of numb and tingly. My PCP diagnosed me with TOC (thoracic outlet syndrome) You can do exercises and some other things and serious chest surgery that involves removing a rib to relieve pressure or something on a nerve bundle under the collarbone if nothing helps, I don't think my case has been to bad until recently. I have been having bad pain in my wrist for a few weeks, x-ray showed no problems. Now I have to see an orthopedist. Not entirely sure if it is related to the TOC or not. Pain has died down now, but once a day or so I have a sudden very painful burning sensation for 15-30 seconds in my forearm wrist and fingers, that slowly goes away for the next several minutes. Along with constant pain in my wrist when I do most anything. not constant just anytime i turn or twist or bump or etc etc my wrist. which is all the time through the day. Oh, doc did say its not carpel tunnel.
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replied January 24th, 2012
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lionlamb,

The symptoms are probably not from the Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, that it is not possible absolutely rule that out, as TOC symptoms can be nebulous sometimes.

Unfortunately, there are a multitude of things that can cause wrist problems. It takes a very thorough evaluation to determine exactly what is going on.

The burning pain in the forearm, wrist, fingers is usually thought to be neurological in etiology. But, not all nerve problems are carpal tunnel syndrome. Depending upon which fingers are being affected, and what muscles are involved, it could be any of the peripheral nerves in the upper extremity.

But, some times patients describe pain as burning in nature, but it turns out to be something totally different. So, again, it takes a very thorough exam to figure out what is going on.


See the orthopedic surgeon and see what turns up. He/she may have to do some ancillary studies, depending upon what the exam reveals. Good luck.
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replied September 20th, 2013
Burning wrists
Ok people well I had this exact same thing approximately in July 2008 (six years ago)I went into the Big Chemist at Harbor town on the Gold Coast and I was lucky to be able to speak to the directly to the Naturopath Doctor. I was in tears as I was talking about my wrist problem as I was also at my tether...the burning pain was unbearable and I was not sure how much longer I could put up with the pain. Nothing from my regular Doctor helped at all!!!!
The Naturopath took me by the hand and told me she knew exactly what was wrong with me and that she just recovered from the same problem then she wrote me up a script and stated if I done what she has written then it would go away. I purchased what I needed and it cost me around $90.00 at the time all up but in saying that it was worth every cent.
with in weeks I noticed such a big difference and after three months of continual use I stopped taking the medication as it had all stopped.
It is only now after 6 years that is has returned so tomorrow I am taking my old script back to that same chemist for them to show me what I need to get started on ridding myself of this nasty pain. I now have the problem in my elbow joints also.
My Script Stated:
Repairase - 1 tsp three times a day before meals.
Salmon Oil - 2 pills three times a day after meals.
Maxi B 100 - 1 pill after breakfast.
Vit B 2 - 1 pill after lunch & dinner & 1 at bedtime.
Vit B 6 - 1 pill after lunch.
No more eating Oranges/tomatoes/capsicum...you can have pineapple juice (sugar free)....keep sugars to a minimum and ONLY drink filtered water.

I hope and Pray this helps as I know it did me and as I said after six years I am just going back for some more:)
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