I live an active lifestyle often jumping from one activity to the next. Being in my late twenties, I’ve always felt that my body could take it. Over a year ago my right wrist started to hurt. I had a busy weekend with paintball, tennis, and hanging sheetrock for my garage but was still surprised to have my right wrist swell up come Monday morning. It hadn’t hurt during any of the weekend activities and I didn’t recall any pain or trauma that could have caused it. I iced it for a few days and took Aleve but it never got fully better. After weeks of pain (only when I bend my wrist back to about 3/4 extension) and not being able to put pressure on it (pushups were unimaginable and it was tough to get up off the floor), I went in for an x-ray which revealed nothing. After doing some more Rest and Recovery (R&R) it still hurt, so I went into my doctor at Mayo Clinic and he recommended the use of a wrist brace. It felt a little better but never all of the way. If I didn’t do anything on it for a month or two I would be able to do some things but not all. After about a year, I got it re-x-rayed, which didn’t show much. The doctor said that there was a very minimal gap forming between my lunate and another hand bone. After seeing a hand specialist (again at Mayo Clinic), he mentioned that he felt a little lump and said that it was probably a ganglion cyst and sent me for a wrist ultrasound. Turns out that it was a cyst, they performed a 15 minute procedure using a needle to poke holes in it and I am currently just shy of a week after. My wrist is feeling better and I am hopeful that this fixes the issue on a longer term scale. If the cyst were to reoccur, surgical removal would be the next option. If you are having very localized pain in your wrist that doesn’t get better with R&R, I would certainly recommend getting it looked at by a hand specialist and to ask about ganglion cysts!
Liked by Colleen Young, Connect Director