erkanasu

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Curious if anybody else on here has had wrist pain while wearing their Apple Watch?

I just sold my Apple Watch series 4 cellular due to very strange pain. It started a few weeks ago, just putting the watch on, even if laying down with little to no pressure, was causing me a lot of pain around my wrist and into my hand. At first I thought it might be pushing on a nerve in the wrist but after noticing similar pain just laying down without as much full pressure on the wrist, I'm now wondering if it might have to do with some of the frequencies being emitted from the device (not sure if this is scientifically sound...).

All of which makes me wonder, if in a year or two apple is about to be slammed with some epic class action lawsuits for their health device causing physical harm to people.

Of note I had three apple watches in total over the past 3 years and the pain began a few weeks ago. removing the watch causes the pain the slightly linger for a few hours then is completely gone.

thoughts? anyone else?
 

erkanasu

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It might be a mild case of carpal tunnel interacting with this strange phenomenon, but really nothing else has changed. I feel completely good without wearing it, and literally within 30secs to 1 minute after putting it on, it's uncomfortable and painful. Instead of going through all the hassle of seeing doctors, it was much more obvious to just sell the damn thing and let my wrist heal from whatever the hell is going on, then re-evaluate trying the watch again in 1-2 months (e.g. buy a new one). that's my current plan. Of note im very healthy guy and take good care of myself.

I would be very surprised if I'm the only one here -- anyone else?
 
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erkanasu

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You’ve been wearing Apple watches for three years.

Suddenly you have a new symptom for the past few weeks (what’s a “few”)

Kinda thinking smart move is to see a medical doctor to check checked out.

about a month ago it started. Felt pain for ~2 weeks. Took it off for a couple days, pain subsided. put it on again and within seconds pain returns. then took it off for an entire week. then put it on and then more pain within 30 secs to a minute. Then sold it on offer up today.

Please note, I first tried LOOSENING it to the fullest possible setting (nike edition), this had no effect on removing the pain. combined with Laying down and feeling it then too -- makes me think it might not be a compressed nerve issue in wrist area and could be a frequency thing that is effecting something in there.
 
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about a month ago it started. Felt pain for ~2 weeks. Took it off for a couple days, pain subsided. put it on again and within seconds pain returns. then took it off for an entire week. then put it on and then more pain within 30 secs to a minute. Then sold it on offer up today.

Please note, I first tried LOOSENING it to the fullest possible setting (nike edition), this had no effect on removing the pain. combined with Laying down and feeling it then too -- makes me think it might not be a compressed nerve issue in wrist area and could be a frequency thing that is effecting something in there.
Sounds like you’ve got some carpal tunnel in the tendons or whatever up your forearm. Wearing a watch (any watch) seems to exacerbate it.

How you correlated this specifically to the Apple Watch and a lawsuit when you know you have carpal tunnel is by one me...

Go see a doctor.
 
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erkanasu

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Sounds like you’ve got some carpal tunnel in the tendons or whatever up your forearm. Wearing a watch (any watch) seems to exacerbate it.

How you correlated this specifically to the Apple Watch and a lawsuit when you know you have carpal tunnel is by one me...

Go see a doctor.

good point, im going to test another watch and report back. I have a sense it's a combination issue where the Apple Watch specifically is exasperating this issue (and not just any watch).
 
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good point, im going to test another watch and report back. I have a sense it's a combination issue where the Apple Watch specifically is exasperating this issue (and not just any watch).
Don't bother with another watch for now. If something causes you physical pain, stop doing it. Spend your time and money getting a full evaluation by a doctor as suggested by multiple posters here.
 
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erkanasu

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Googled searched this issue and there are a decent amount of others reporting similar issues. Here is one thread on Apple https://discussions.apple.com/thread/8251021

also, I did just put on a massive old watch I had (Nixon) in my drawer per the guy above. It’s been on for 5 mins and it’s irritating me, but not on the same level. with the Apple watch I had it looser and still had the issue but worse. Something funky is going on imho.

appologies for the exaggerated title (editing it now to tone it down a notch), but I actually do think this problem is more wide spread and not just a symptom of carpal tunnel. for the record I loved my Apple Watch, wore daily.
 
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When I first got the Series 2, I was experiencing tingling and weird sensation in my wrist. Was on the verge of returning but decided to stick it out. After a week or two I was fine. When I upgraded to the Series 4, same thing but only lasted a few days.

With the multiple sensors and electronic waves pressed up against skin. It’s not too far fetched to think it could cause adverse reactions in some people.
 
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I can cause pain with something just by thinking it is causing me pain. The whole, hold a cellphone to your chest and see if you can feel pain or pull down on your arms while holding them out test that they used to have us do in the 2000s - it could be off but you'd still "feel" something or be unable to hold your arms up due to the distractions.

I've been wearing an Apple Watch for 3 years now. I just got an LTE watch last week.

I think this statement does your thread a huge discredit: "All of which makes me wonder, if in a year or two apple is about to be slammed with some epic class action lawsuits for their health device causing physical harm to people."

Apple Watches have been out for years ... years now. The fact that you wore a watch for so long without problems then all of a sudden started having problems - I don't think I'd assume the watch is the problem. I'd be hitting a doctor for that yesterday...
 
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erkanasu

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I can cause pain with something just by thinking it is causing me pain. The whole, hold a cellphone to your chest and see if you can feel pain or pull down on your arms while holding them out test that they used to have us do in the 2000s - it could be off but you'd still "feel" something or be unable to hold your arms up due to the distractions.

I've been wearing an Apple Watch for 3 years now. I just got an LTE watch last week.

I think this statement does your thread a huge discredit: "All of which makes me wonder, if in a year or two apple is about to be slammed with some epic class action lawsuits for their health device causing physical harm to people."

Apple Watches have been out for years ... years now. The fact that you wore a watch for so long without problems then all of a sudden started having problems - I don't think I'd assume the watch is the problem. I'd be hitting a doctor for that yesterday...

thanks for your opinion 👍 , back to my thread I’m wondering if others have had a similar experience
 
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