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    So about 5 days ago I lifted a 20kg bag of kibble, and I think I picked it up wrongly because the next day both my wrists were a bit sore, it resolved over the next few days, but yesterday I noticed my left wrist was a bit niggly still. Nothing major, could still do what needed to be done.

    This morning I was laying in bed having a cuddle/play with the furkids and one of them pushed quite hard on my left wrist. I'm sure I heard a crunch or something and the pain nearly sent me through the roof!

    I can wiggle all me digits, but can't make a fist, and I can't pull on anything, even trying to open a cupboard door hurts.

    I'm pretty certain it's not broken, but I've either sprained it or pulled something. I've bandaged my wrist to give it some support but not sure what else to do? Cold pack? Hot pack? I always get confused which one to use lol.

    If it's not improved by Monday I'll go to the docs, what can I do in the meantime?

    *oh woe, poor me, feeling very sorry for myself....*

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    Rest
    Ice
    Compress
    Elevate

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    Ouch sounds painful, Cleas gave great advice. Also ibuprofen to take down some swelling aswell.

    forgot to add, hope your feeling better soon.

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    Right then, that lets me off doing any housework or mowing!

    Will get the cold pack out of the freezer.....

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    Greys, try alternating between cold and heat. It truly works. Put an ice pack on for 15-20 minutes, then use a heat pack for the same time. KEEP ALTERNATING.
    My son deals with this all the time as a state basketball player, and this advice was given to us from the doctors at the Australian Institute of Sport. I've now rtied it myself on an injured back, and I gotta say - it works better than just using one or the other alone.

    Hope it feels better soon, but if not, I'd be getting an x-ray done to make sure there is no more serious internal damage.

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    Added to everyone's sage advice, I'm a big fan of Arnica for the swelling & bruising.

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    GAG, hope you are feeling better soon! When you are lifting heavy bags etc., get some wrist supports from the sports store. They wrap round with velcro and support the wrist. People doing weights in the gym use them when there wrists aren't strong enough to do heavy or repeative weights. It may prevent further injuries.

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    Thanks everyone - I'm usually very careful about lifting and it's the only thing I could think of that may have caused it. I have been doing an awful lot of driving too, but can't imagine that would have much effect.

    This morning was just unlucky, meh it's more inconvenient than anything. I'm glad no one can see the contortions I have to do to secure the hot/cold packs to my wrist, or to unscrew the lid off a bottle, or to pull my trackydaks up when I've finished in the bathroom!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreysAreGreat View Post
    Thanks everyone - I'm usually very careful about lifting and it's the only thing I could think of that may have caused it. I have been doing an awful lot of driving too, but can't imagine that would have much effect.

    This morning was just unlucky, meh it's more inconvenient than anything. I'm glad no one can see the contortions I have to do to secure the hot/cold packs to my wrist, or to unscrew the lid off a bottle, or to pull my trackydaks up when I've finished in the bathroom!
    I can relate to that Greys. When helping coach the little kids in basketball last year one little **** kept chucking a ball at my hand. It has taken almost 12 months to heal fully.
    Like someone suggested above, I used one of my sons velcro wrist wraps for support for a long time. It certainly helped me to perform daily functions easier, that's for sure.

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    I put my ice pack inside a long footy sock and tie it around my knee. I expect that would work on a wrist. you may also want to investigate using some tigerbalm or dencorub or even vicks vapour rub.

    If you've just stretched and bruised things, it will take about 10 days to heal up.

    When I play basketball - I have to tape my thumbs to the rest of my hand or I'm in trouble.

    And I agree with the alternating hot and cold. 10 minutes on, 20 minutes off etc.

    And get someone else to do the heavy lifting next time. Or find other ways of moving the bags around. I make a lot of use of golf buggys with my scuba tanks. Wheel barrow for bags of garden fertilizer etc.

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