Overcoming Wrist Pain And Swelling?
Hello, I want to ask that my wrists have swelling and pain, I can’t bend my back, I have been experiencing this since June 2019 and I have been checked out at the hospital. . . After the drug was given out for 1 week after that I experienced swelling again … At the end of August 2019 I checked into the clinic and in the rontsen he said I was rheumatism. Are rheumatism and CTS the same? this is my wrist sometimes swelling and pain in the wrist.
Thank you for the question.
CTS or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a pinched nerve condition in the wrist, which is characterized by wrist pain and tingling. This is caused by the continuous use of hands such as typing and writing, thus making the nerve pinched. Doctors usually diagnose this by extracting a history of complaints, physical examination, and supporting examinations if needed, one of which is by EMG (electromyogram) that can detect abnormalities in muscles and nerves in the body. If it has been diagnosed, the doctor will prescribe medicines that can relieve pain and help restore nerve function.
Meanwhile, rheumatoid arthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, is an inflammatory condition in the joints that usually occurs in the joints of the hands, fingers, knees, and feet. This is an immune condition that causes the joints to become inflamed. Doctors usually diagnose this by extracting a history of complaints (joint pain is usually only in one hand, and at certain times), physical examination, and investigations such as joint X-rays and also blood rheumatoid factor test to see signs of inflammation. This disease can be treated with pain relief, corticosteroids, or anti-rheumatic drugs.
The two diseases are two different things. CTS is a disorder of the nerves, while rheumatoid arthritis is a disorder of the joints. However, basically, the two diseases can be alleviated by symptoms of pain medication and inflammation relief, such as NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) or corticosteroids. CTS and rheumatoid arthritis can also be corrected by surgery if there is no improvement with medication. Therefore, you should visit the doctor again for additional examinations to determine the cause of the condition you are experiencing. You can also do investigations such as EMG to rule out possible interference with the muscles and surrounding structures.
In addition to treatment, you can also handle your hands using a hand brace, or elastic bandages. You should also avoid activities that you must use your hands for continuously such as typing and writing, and if that cannot be avoided, you should regularly rest your hands when activities. You can also consult physiotherapy to restore the function of your hand movements.
Hopefully this information helps and hopefully your condition gradually improves.