Wrist Pain After Pregnancy in a 31-Year-Old Woman

Djamil Fertikh, MD


May 31, 2017

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A 31-year-old woman presents with a 5-month history of progressive right wrist pain following delivery of her baby girl. The patient claims that the pain has become so severe and disabling that it has significantly affected her ability to perform daily activities. The pain is particularly intense when she picks up her child.

The patient is a software engineer by training, but she is currently on maternity leave and is staying at home to care for her newborn baby. She lives in a single-family house with her husband and their two dogs.

She denies having any fever, chills, or any other associated systemic symptoms. She has no remarkable past medical history; her surgical history is only remarkable for appendicitis when she was 13 years old. She is not taking any medications except for recent daily acetaminophen to alleviate her wrist pain. The acetaminophen has provided only mild and inconsistent improvement of her pain. She denies smoking cigarettes but does admit to drinking a glass of wine on occasion. She does not use any illicit drugs.


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