Ulnar Wrist Pain
Hi there – first post on Mayo Connect!
My son (23yr old) has been battling wrist issues for 21/2 years. Primarily his right wrist. After conservative treatment, blood work, xrays and mri's it was determined that he had a TFCC tear and that surgery was needed. He had surgery and tried to do PT but the pain continued. From his description, the pain has shifted a bit since surgery and goes more along the forearm, starting at the wrist and going toward the elbow. Still primarily the wrist however. We have seen 3 (although I dont really count the 1st) ortho's. He has done splints, cortisone shot, PT, Acupuncture, and surgery…and still pain. Its not awful pain but it is chronic pain that is taking a toll on him mentally. Today he expressed how worried he was that he would have to stop working due to wrists. The last MRI showed some swelling/issues but nothing that the surgeon could put his finger on that would definitively say there was something he could fix that would relieve the symptoms. I am at my wits end trying to help him and I hate to see him like this. Our family is generally conservative with medical treatment (limited meds (even OTC), avoid surgery unless only option, etc…) however tt this point I feel like we have tried most conventional and alternative approaches and still no relief! (although after the cort shot he did have less pain for a bit)
Sorry for the long message! Here are my questions…
– Anyone with chronic wrist pain have success with a pain management doctor?
– Anyone have chronic wrist pain who found a doc at mayo or else where that were able to give them answers that they could not find elsewhere?
– Did anyone with wrist issues find relief from any home remedies/special splints/etc…that we may not be thinking of? We have researched and tried A LOT of things but maybe there is something we are missing!
– Lastly, do the doctors at Mayo do online/phone consults…meaning can you send them your MRIs, give them your history and schedule a skype call to discuss options forward?
Thanks for reading/listening to our troubles! Fingers crossed that someone on Mayo Connect has been through something similar!