Wrist pain is a one of many common psychologically-induced pain syndromes which is very typically misdiagnosed as stemming from a coincidental or even nonexistent structural issue. Pain in the wrist can be sourced by traumatic injury, degenerative condition or other concern, but these occurrences are actually quite rare. A large percentage of chronic and treatment-resistant wrist symptoms, regardless of the expression or diagnosed source, are ischemic in nature and linked to the mindbody process. This occurrence is rarely recognized for what it truly is, so patients must instead suffer through various ineffectual treatments which target an incorrect source, or until a therapy works through placebo effect, or the patient becomes enlightened to the true underlying cause of their suffering.
This essay delves into the realm of psychosomatic wrist pain syndromes and their underlying emotional causes.
Pain in the wrist may be experienced during certain positions or with particular activities. The most common of these scenarios involves pain when the hands are active, including doing precision work, such as typing or other manual tasks. Other patients have pain all the time or symptoms which have no logical connection to activity or positioning.
Regardless, diagnostic testing will usually reveal some suspected causation for the pain in most sufferers, although in many cases, these theorized issues may be mistakenly identified and coincidental to any pain. This is the exact same problem that exists in the back pain industry, with the majority of mild to moderate spinal abnormalities are blamed for enacting pain which they do not directly cause.
Worse still, many structurally based diagnoses, like carpal tunnel syndrome, are made without any evidence of an anatomical defect at all. This is virtually criminal negligence.
Diagnoses of wrist symptoms are varied and may include any of the following:
Idiopathic pain is usually theorized to come from some soft tissue pathology, despite no evidence of definitive injury.
Tendonitis is often diagnosed and is usually a correct theory. However, most identified cases are thought to come from injury or repetitive strain, but few cases are suspected of being caused by their actual origin, which is oxygen deprivation.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a very common diagnosis and is almost always mistakenly identified as a structural issue. This condition does exist, but is very rare and typically not generally linked to typing or office work as suspected. Many carpal tunnel patients are actually suffering from oxygen deprivation of the nerves, tendons and other tissues in the wrist, linked to a psychosomatic process, as supported by successful knowledge therapy treatment statistics.
Along with chronic gastrointestinal sensitivity, pain in the wrist was the very first of my psychogenic problems. For me, the pain began when I was about 10 and was blamed on my enthusiasm for drumming. I was prescribed exercise, which was ludicrous, since my wrist at 10 was about as strong as my doctors, since I had been playing drums for 6 years already. The wrist symptoms came and went until I was 16 and suddenly and mysteriously disappeared just when my chronic lumbar back pain began. Is this coincidence? You tell me…
It is well known by mindbody medicine experts that the wrist is a common site for psychological substitute symptoms or even as a primary site for pain. Keep this in mind when pursuing treatment; especially if previous wrist therapies have proven fruitless and discomfort persists.