So I have this terrible wrist pain. I started having wrist problems when my now almost 5 year old was just a baby, when she started chunking up at like maybe 6 months old, lifting her started bothering my wrists (she wasn't really that big though) it wasn't too bad when I quit carrying her as much when she started walking (around 13 months) and then I was fine for quite some time. Then when I started working as a bather (bathing dogs) I could tell I was going to have some issues, my wrists started hurting a bit brushing so many dogs because it is repetitive of course. My back has always had issues because I have scoliosis (curve in the spine where it shouldn't be) but I never knew if this had to do with my hurting too. My back definatly started hurting after working as a bather, bending, kneeling, lifting dogs etc. Then when I moved up to grooming dogs I gradually got more pain, shaving big dogs especially because it takes a long time and is the same motion.
As a mobile groomer things got twice as bad because I was working completely by myself lifting dogs that weighed as much as I did, grooming a lot of dogs and bad shape and grooming huge dogs, some of the big ones I'd have to use my whole body to push up on him to get him in the tub. I was always in so much pain all the time, but mostly just tried to get over it. My right wrist especially was really starting to bother me, I got a brace from walmart but a nice one, and had to take a couple days off work after this massive Great Pyrenees/Old English Sheepdog mix killed my arms because he refused to get in the tub even between me and his owner pushing and pulling him. When I tried to do it myself my right arm literally felt like the radius bone was trying to snap and poke through my arm. I had to give up on that dog, I'm a small person at 4'10" and this dog weighed as much as I did almost.
Eventually I had to quit work anyway because work started to slow down and I was paying so much for the 2 kids in daycare that I barely made enough to have anything left. I think my boss cut it back on purpose. That was back in the begining of November. I have been staying at home with the girls because it makes more sense financially. Even since then I still have some major wrist pain and I thought it'd go away. Now that my second daughter is 9 months old she is getting a bit heavier (though only almost 17 lbs) and just a little weight gain in her makes it hurt my wrists to pick her up.
Now I know I probably have carpal tunnel syndrom, but I feel like it is also something else. When I have wrist pain, especially since that incident with the huge dog I get the pain from my right wrist, on the back of my hand, up in the radius bone area that was hurting (up towards the elbow but not in the elbow) and sometimes even up into my upper arm, should and shoulder blade. I know I need to get to a chiropractor which I plan to do with tax money, but I'm curious if anyone has heard of something like this?
I don't think carpal tunnel usually goes up the whole arm, my mom has it to a degree too (she was a secretary for a while so lots of typing). I really don't want to end up having surgery, my right wrist is much worse than my left, but the left still gets sharp pains just like the right when I try to open a jar, lift my baby, or lean on my wrists. I can't do push ups or anything that puts pressure on my wrists and sometimes simple motions hurt them as well. As I type this I have to wear a brace on my right wrist as I just got done cleaning both bathrooms and the scrubbing of counters, mirrors and toilets killed my wrists. Sometimes it feels like they need to be "popped" and I rotate them and they snap but don't feel any better. On a side note I do have very tiny wrists.
Ideas? Thoughts? Did anyone have something like this and didn't have to have surgery? As soon as I get tax money I'm going to call the chiropractor and set something up, I think I may have to go in on a regular basis, but I'm also afraid that when I do go back to work I won't be able to groom anymore and it is such a passion of mine that would greatly upset me :( It's the whole reason I moved 2 1/2 hours away from my family and I worked so hard to become a groomer and I'm and excellent groomer (according to almost all my clients I had and other long time groomers). If I go back to work when my almost 5 year old starts school (if I don't homeschool) I will likely have to start out part time, but I would be in a salon with people to help me lift big dogs. Help if you can, thanks!