So I’d say about 4 weeks ago I had a sharp shooting pain in my wrist upon scratching my back. I didn’t think much of it as it immediately subsided. Over the next few weeks I kept lifting normally, but noticed the same pain was reproduced in my wrist with a few certain exercises at the gym (row machine, in particular), but I brushed it off as tendonitis and began some lightweight eccentric movement forearm/wrist strengthening moves . After another week of this on and off pain it finally developed into something I could no longer ignore and decided it was time to take a break and see an ortho.
Fast forward two weeks to today (05/15/2018) and I’ve come to the realization that this ulnar sided pain may be due to a TFCC tear. I am fortunate to work at a very good hospital and due to previous injuries I knew I had to immediately see a wrist specialist at the hospital.
I saw the wrist specialist on 05/11/2018. Although he didn’t confirm anything (in his words ‘i don’t like to work on assumptions’), he did confirm the tender area is indeed home to the TFCC. I left the office, but not before getting a cortisone injection and submitting a authorization form through the office for an MRI (it looks like I’ll be able to get one within 2 weeks).
The cortisone injection has certainly helped reduce most of the pain, although I’ve read that sometimes it may take up to 5 days for its effects to be felt. I am incredibly bummed about this whole situation; going over different iterations of what could have happened and how careful I thought I was being (mentally draining, more on this in another post).
In the meantime, while I’m waiting for the MRI and second ortho appointment on 06/06/18, I’ve purchased a WristWidget (I’ll elaborate products in another post) that I’m wearing 24/7, wrist splint (actually makes it hurt more due to the compression on the ulnar styloid), glucosamine+chondroitin+turmeric, stopped lifting (cardio/legs/core only), NSAIDs, and try to use my wrist minimally/maintain it in neutral.
Anyone else had, or currently dealing with, a TFCC tear? Share in the comments!