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#1 Dec 2, 2013
Hello, I have the onset of arthritis in my wrist due to a scaphoid injury I suffered some time ago. I work as a firefighter and my wrist does not effect my ability to do my job, it is my non dominent wrist and causes me no more trouble than any of my other 44year old joints do anyhow. I am active and enjoy mountain biking and other activities, if I spend long periods on my bike I can get pain in my wrist I do wear a brace which helps I do not use pain killers as any aches I get are not too bad.
I did go and see a specialist as I do worry about the future and wanted to see what avenues may be open to me if it were to worsen.
The specialist did a grip strength test and examined me then said that the best thing would be to look for alternative work. I nearly fell off my chair I explained that at present I had no problems performing my role and I got out of his office as quick as possible.
I have not sought advice since but I do research on the net I feel quite confident that my body will hold out untill retirement but do wonder what I can do then as I had hoped to enjoy an active retirement mountain biking etc.
Since: Mar 13
#2 Dec 27, 2013
I had the wrist arthritis as well and my doctor at Lewis Orthopaedics prescribed some anti-inflammatory medication to relieve the pain. I was also suggested to take some brief periods of rest and was asked to wear finger and wrist splints at night and for selected activities.
Since: Oct 13
#3 Dec 27, 2013
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic disease that attacks multiple joints throughout the body. Rheumatoid arthritis often starts in smaller joints, like those found in the hand and wrist. It is symmetrical, meaning that it usually affects the same joint on both sides of the body.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease. This means that the immune system attacks its own tissues. In RA, the defenses that protect the body from infection instead damage normal tissue (such as cartilage and ligaments) and soften bone.
RA often affects the joint between the two bones of the forearm, the radius and ulna. It can soften and erode the ulna which can cause tearing of the tendons that straighten your fingers. This can result in joint deformity, such as bent wrists and gnarled fingers.
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