Question: Can you recommend where I can buy a suitable wrist support. My doctor suggested that I might have RSI. The symptoms I have are aching/pain in my wrist, but no signs of bruising, swelling (as in a sprain), so my doctor suggested I wear a tubigrip and take Nurofen. And that was it. Should I seek a second opinion, do I need to go back in the future to have my wrist looked at, do I need to be referred.
My doctor was not very helpful and didn’t explain what I should do in the future – do I need to wear the support all the time, do I have to have physio therapy etc.
Answer 1: Your GP has to cover a great range of possible conditions so is unlikely to have much expertise in RSI. The best person to see for initial advice is a physio, in particular one who has an interest in ANT (see the FAQ) and mobilization of the nervous system, as they will know more about any of the possible conditions you may have. You will probably have to go ‘private’ as the NHS physios tend not to specialize.
Answer 2: I would try a GP again — though seeing a physio. Is a good idea. You may not have ANT; I didn’t. You may have a non-diffuse condition. And you may need to see a rheumatologist, as I did. But a physio. may also be able to advise you on splints. Some people with RSI manage to get appropriate physio. On the NHS. A GP might be able to arrange that. My GP did know about RSI. I think I’m not his only patient with it. What I couldn’t get from him was treatment and advice. Read up on RSI
Answer 3: That sounds like terrible advice. Get a second opinion from an RSI specialist or see a physiotherapist.
Answer 4: Has anyone use castor oil packs? This is the way I use them: I put a liberal amount of Castor oil on hands, wrists, forearms, and elbows. Next, I wrap hands wrists and forearms and elbows in plastic wrap (such as Saran Wrap(c) in U.S.) I then wrap a tea towel over the plastic wrap (like a flower sack tea towel) and place a heating pads secured with rubber bands over the injured areas. I use a modest heat for about one hour. I
f there is a skin irritation from the oil, use a baking soda and water solution to rinse it off.This has been a great deal of help to me. It sounds like a lot of trouble, but I hope it works for you if you wish to try it. Castor oil is also called the “palma christi” — palm of Christ — because of its healing powers. I have found it works especially well on tendinitis.
Answer 5: Take a double bed size blanket and fold it lengthwise until it is about five or six inches wide. Recline on this elevated narrow blanket from the head to the tailbone extending the arms (palms upward) and legs on the sides of the blanket. This opens the chest area and you are able to breathe deeply and clearly and relax easily. Stay in this position for 15 minutes. I have found is to the most efficacious.
Answer 6: Purchase two medium-sized plastic window boxes (of course with no holes in bottom or holes plugged). Fill one with cold water and one with warm water. Alternately place your hand and forearm in each for about 10 to 15 minutes, ending with the warm water. Be careful that you do not strain your shoulder or neck by standing in an awkward position while you soak your arms. Make sure the height of each window box is comfortable.
Answer 7: Book that has been a Godsend for me. Hope you can obtain it in the UK: Conquering Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Other Repetitive Strain Injuries by Sharon J. Butler ISBN 1-57224-039-3 (paperback) About $20 USD Gentle stretches using Hellerwork techniques which are easy to follow. Front has stretches suggested for various occupations such as postal worker, beauty operator, typist, carpenter, etc. Purchased from Barnes & Noble booksellers.