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Why do my wrists and ankles ache?

Asked by Supergirl (1686points) February 23rd, 2008

For the past year or so, I constantly feel like my ankles and wrists need to be “cracked”. It is incredibly uncomfortable—how do I stop it?

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simone54's avatar

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Then go to a real doctor.

gooch's avatar

Are you exposed to pressure changes? Are you exposed to extreme temperature changes? Do you have arthritis? These are some possible causes. There are many others

scamp's avatar

Try drinking a lot of water. If you are dehydrated, you could have joint problems from that. And even if that’s not the cause, most of us don’t drink enough water, so it couldn’t hurt. Do you smoke?

Supergirl's avatar

I drink tons of water all day, and no, I don’t smoke

steelmarket's avatar

If you are in your growing years, you could simply be experiencing a version of “growing pains”. Or, you could be sitting too long at a desk where the chair – desk – worktable are not set up ergonomically.

sewmommy's avatar

This sounds like the same thing I have, whatever that may be. The ankles and wrist ache mostly in the evenings when trying to sleep. I have also found that Benadryl and items that relax the muscles irritate it more. There is no swelling but this deep underlying pain that makes it impossible to sleep. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia about 10 years ago and that took 2 years of seeing specialist to get the diagnosis, which I feel is wrong because the pain is in the ankles and wrist. I have gone through repeated x-rays, scans & blood test to no available answer. However, they prescribe Ultracet that takes the edge off so I can sleep and this took many trial and error meds to finally find something that helps. I still feel like I have to crack/pop these joints for relief but you can only do that for so long until they no longer pop. Also, stretching my foot in an extreme pointed position seems to help the ankles and again you can not maintain that position throughout the night to sleep.

The only thing I can tell you is to keep going to the doctor till you find someone to help. If one of your doctors finds the answer please let me know and I wish you the best in your journey!

rsandov8's avatar

I have the same pain too! It occurs mostly in the morning when I wake up or before I go to sleep. I also would like to know what the reason is for this feeling. Sometimes I feel like I’m about to fracture my ankle or wrist because of the way I twist my joints. It makes it a little better but I would like to know how to treat this. Please, if anyone knows something about this, let me know….

williamzed's avatar

I too have this same issue, as a matter of fact I am typing this a 4 am from not being able to sleep. This has been going on for about a month, but i have had it on and off for years. I was once diagnosed with RA and was taking enbrel which cleared this and hand joint pain. I am a 36 yer old male with small bones for my 185 lb body. Blood tests proved i didnt have ra so I will list a few things that we will see if anyone else has anything in common.

My ankles and wrists feel fine until I lay down for awhile
I lay under a wall heater with a ceiling fan pushing down hot air
I take Ultram and NSAIDS for my leg pain from a back surgery they also help tame this pain
I have an allergy to dust mites (makes me congested, but I think my bones ache from it too)
The pain throbs in all 4 areas and feels a bit better when i stretch my ankles and crack my wrists
My fingers hurt but not as bad, I dont have any other joint pain in my body
I play racquetball almost every day

Let me know if anyone else experiencing these issues have anything in common, I am starting to think its just a part of getting older and I should get something to help knock me out when I go to bed.

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