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hand and wrist pain

deborahjanedeborahjane Posts: 165
is ther anything i can do for painful wrist and hand it is painful to brush hair write etc.i have a splint but still painful.cant peel veg at all too painful i am on methotrxate sulphzine voltorol co dydromol.would injection help. thankyou for any help

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  • suzstersuzster Posts: 1,328
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    is ther anything i can do for painful wrist and hand it is painful to brush hair write etc.i have a splint but still painful.cant peel veg at all too painful i am on methotrxate sulphzine voltorol co dydromol.would injection help. thankyou for any help

    hi,
    just thought i'd give you abit of advice as i to have very sore hands and wrists.
    i had trouble hold things like cutlery, toothbrush etc, i now use cutlery which is angled and has bigger handles which i bought from a disabilty shop, it has helped me so much. i also use a peeler and other kitchen utensils with built up handles, most of which i've found in normal shops although again disability shops sell them.
    i use a battery powered electric toothbrush simply because they have bigger handles!!
    bigger handles make most every day objects easier to handle as you don't need to grip si tightly, my o/t gave me some foam to put round my cutlery before i chose to buy proper cutlery.
    writing is the hardest thing for me, i can't grip a normal pen at all, i found a pen online called 'pen again' it's a kind of Y shaped that you don't need to grip as i kind of rests on you hand, hard to explain, but if you google 'pen again' you'll find it!

    i hope i've helped a little? but i'm sure a moderator can help more!
    take care
    sue
  • helpline_teamhelpline_team Posts: 1,967
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi
    Managing arthritis in the wrist and hand is a lot about adapting the way we do things and Sue gave some good advice about gadgets for household tasks. An opinion from an Occupational Therapist can be helpful. You are entitled to an assessment of your needs at home by an OT from Social Services and you can self refer to this service. There is often a long waiting list for this but you can see an OT at an Assist UK Centre if there is one near you
    http://assist-uk.org/assist_uk_centre_details.asp
    or the Disabled Living Foundation on 0845 130 9177 or at www.dlf.org.uk will give you details of suppliers.
    Splints can give good support. There are 2 types, resting and working and an OT or Physio will advise you on these.
    You might find the following links helpful
    http://www.arc.org.uk/arthinfo/patpubs/6055/6055.asp
    http://www.arc.org.uk/arthinfo/patpubs/6275/6275.asp
    If your wrist is very inflamed it's worth asking your rheumy if a cortisone (steroid) injection into the joint would help. It can be good at reducing inflammation and pain quickly and the effect can last for up to a few months.
    Best wishes
    Val
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