Posted by: Hazey | 2008/05/27

"Spurs" and odd bumps!

I'm in my late 60's: my wrists often ache and base of thumbs sometimes throb sharply at night. I go to a Ladies' Gym which has helped me to limber up, but maybe I've overdone it a bit on the hydraulics, because my wrists seem to be pinching a nerve from the arm to the hands which results in a shooting pain from the wrist down the arm if I stretch it upwards. Wrist guards seem to help a little bit and I've taken a break from Gym!!
My query: Over the last 10 years my bones (apart from a bunion on one foot) seem to be developing bumps (front of kneecap) and spurs (had a really nasty one surgically removed from under my heel and x-rays showed several more in other areas) - is it a lack of something in my diet? My husband doesn't have these problems - we take a variety of vitamins and eat a lot of green leafy veg, fruit, pulses and dairy, with less meat. We don't take calcium, but my bone density tests about 5 years back were fine. ....??

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Dea Hazey
Some people are just more prone to developing all these bony knobs, but it is probably part an parcel of the wear and tear changes (osteo-arthritis) that you have. The wrist pain may be a Carpal tunnel syndrome (pinched nerve in the Carpal Tunnel leading to the hand. Let your doctor do a check-up and maybe prescribe some anti-inflammatories if necessary.

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Posted by: Healthy Bones Expert | 2008/06/04

Agree totally- my Carpal Tunnel is definitely worse when I spend hours in front of th PC!

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Posted by: Hazey | 2008/05/29

Thank you for your always excellent advice. My daughter (an OT) has identified one of the causes of the more severe wrist pain in my right hand: my new modern pc workstation with pullout keyboard shelf had no place for the pc mouse, so I was stretching my arm forward to the desktop in an ergonomically bad position to use the mouse. We have now reorganised, and I have noticed a definite improvement. Perhaps other readers may like to check their pc layouts to see whether they are "user friendly", if they are experiencing similar strange wrist aches and pains...?

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