When I went to see the nurse last week, I had a chat with her about my wrists and hands. We went through all the symptoms that I could describe, and she thought it sounded like carpal tunnel syndrome. I'm tempted to disagree, because although my symptoms did sound the same, I get the pain all over the hand, from the thumb right through to the side of my hand below the little finger, which isn't consistent with CTS. I also get a lot of pain in the outside of my wrist.
Anyways, she suggested that I have a go at night splinting before I go to the doctors, as she thinks that will relieve some of the pain. My painkillers just aren't touching it, and when I wake up in the mornings, my hands feel swollen, tight and painful (especially that lower part of my thumb that I've been moaning about for months!), although my OH assures me that if there is any actual swelling it is minimal (it's nice having a competent first aider in the house!
). My grip is even worse, and for the last week and a bit, I've needed assistance to get dressed because my fingers are just being so stupid. It seems to get a bit better during the day although the pain seems to come and go in waves.
I'm loosing the point of what I'm actually asking now!
I have some NHS wrist supports, and my OH is buying me some of these
)unless someone can suggest some decent supports that include a thumb support) but I don't think they're safe to sleep in? I was always told to remove splints and strapping before going to bed because of the risk of cutting off the circulation.
So what I wanted to know is if anyone can recommend some kind of splints for over-night use?