This is a little different of a blog post for me, but what better way to see if others have experienced anything this crazy. But first I will need to give you a bit of background on myself.
I have for the last three or so years been going to a rheumatologist. I had some general joint pain along with some unexplained aches and pains. My mother has rheumatoid arthritis and my father has lupus. So, I wanted to get checked out just to make sure that everything was going alright. Upon getting blood work drawn, I had a positive ANA but everything else came back clear. They diagnosed me with an uncharacterized connective tissue disorder and put me on Plaquenil. My symptoms have gone without problem since. About three weeks ago my hand started aching. I had a check-up with my rheumatologist last week and I described the symptoms in my left hand and wrist. The pain is achey with some numbness and tingling. The doctor told me that it didn’t sound like the pain I was experiencing before and that it seemed characteristic of carpal tunnel. I told her I thought that would be odd because it is my non-dominant hand and that it would start hurting now. I am a stay-at-home mom now but prior to that I was a paralegal and did massive amounts of typing. So, why would it start hurting now? She of course didn’t have an explanation for that but discussed my options. I’m not big on taking meds so I said I will try ibuprofen.
Well yesterday morning my left hand hurt so bad that I could not pick-up my water bottle. I couldn’t even make a fist without extreme pain. I took a long hard look at what I was doing. What was different? Why my non-dominant hand. It just didn’t make sense. The only thing that was different that I was wearing a fitness tracker on my left wrist.
About two or three months postpartum my husband and I decided to get back into a routine of eating right and exercising. We decided to get Fitbits (Charge HR). I have been wearing it for quite some time 24/7 except when showering. Surely, it couldn’t be because of that, right? Well for the heck of it I googled “Fitbit with wrist and hand pain”. To my surprise I found a lot of forums where people posted about arthritic-like pain in their wrists and hands. The consensus was that people were wearing the Fitbit, experiencing the pain, took of the fitness tracker and within a week the pain resolved. Could it really be that?
I text my husband telling him what I found. I told him he would think I was crazy but explained what I found. Actually he responded that it didn’t really sound crazy. That morning I would describe my pain at about a 8 out of 10 (and I have a strong threshold for pain). I took off the Fitbit and within an hour my pain was at about a 4 out of 10. I chalked it up to maybe just a placebo effect or my mind playing tricks on me. However, this morning, 24 hours later I have no pain in my hand and/or wrist.
I tried to get a definitive answer as to what would have caused it from the Fitbit. I saw on the forums Fitbit answer people and say the bands must not be worn or fitted correctly. I wore it a finger space down from my wrist bone and it was loose. So, it’s not that. Fitbit had already answered people with a reply of it is not possible that their pain would be caused by their tracker. However, could it be from the heart rate detector?
This may seem odd and a huge coincidence. Has anyone out there had this issue?