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I have stiff wrists weak arms and wondering could you help

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Hi, I have stiff wrists weak arms and wondering could you help me
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 years ago.
This is Dr. David
if you are using crutches because of your broken leg, this can cause more stiffness and pain in your wrist and weakness in your arms.
are you using crutches?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
No I don't use crutches that was only temporary. But whatever medicine I was given in hospital seemed to work... I wonder would it of been blood thinners? just a guess
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Are you still there or is that it?
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 years ago.
they could have given you steroids in the hospital.
sometimes with trauma patients, doctors will give steroid medications to help patients going through stress.
steroids can help decrease inflammation in joints
but can cause weakness in your proximal muscles.
ask your doctors if they gave you steroid medications like prednisone or dexamethasone.
these can often be given to patients by IV for patients in the hospital
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
They gave me blood thinners because my leg was raised to prevent blood cloths.
They gave me morphine for the operation.
And tablets to stop bowl movement because I couldn't move from bed.
Also, pain killers.
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 years ago.
pain killers could have helped decrease pain in your wrist.
you could have stiffness or arthritis helped by your pain medications.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I've had this since I was young, it couldn't be arthritis. I've took pain killers since but no difference. I have in both arms, wrists
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 years ago.
you can have arthritis in your wrist from a young age
young children can have jeuvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
some children can have carpel tunnel syndrome if their wrist are small and there is a lot of pressure on nerves which run through the wrist.
you might need an MRI scan of your wrist to get more information about the cause of the pain
are you willing to ask your doctor for an MRI scan of your wrists?