Gimme a hand

Will it never end? I’m still in my now seemingly permanent black brace (sheesh, since late April), though I’m no longer immobilizing my thumb. I went ahead and kept my orthopedic specialist appointment since it’s just not resoloving on its own.

The doc told me what I’ve already surmised: tendinitis. It’s in two areas of my hand. He said surgery might help the thumb problem, but the other probably wouldn’t benefit. He advised trying cortisteroid injections in the thumb tendon first and if that didn’t help, some OT. I got the injection today.

Ohhhh, ouch. It hurt. I got shocky with the blood pressure dive and chills. I hadn’t eaten, hadn’t expected to wait 1.25 hours in the waiting room and another 45 minutes in the exam room. Blah, what a wimp I am when it comes to needles and such! A bottle of OJ consumed and some deep breathing done, I was on my way.

My take on pain? Waaah, low tolerance. My hand hurts now from the diagnostic stuff he did moving it around, plus the shot. It burns and aches now…He warned it might probably hurt worse tomorrow. 😛

I’m gonna go read, because I sure don’t feel like typing.

5 thoughts on “Gimme a hand

  1. You are a champ for typing as much as you did just to fill us nosey people in!

    I’m sorry it hurts and I hope you feel better. Howie needs to kiss it and make it better 😉

  2. Awww Shucks! To have to feel worse in the hope of feeling better later is the pits! Isn’t it amazing that they can open your brain and with pinpoint accuracy laser certain areas and know exactly what functions will be affected. Or take veins from your legs and attatch them to your heart to bypass clogged arteries and amillion othey miraculous things but something as common as tendenitis and there is so very little they can do for you.

    I hope you start feeling better soon.

  3. >> you’re in pain.
    Btw I can totally relate to the needles thing, in fact I hate going to see the Dr. even for the basic yearly check up. I think there must be some fear somewhere that I’m not aware of that keeps me from the Dr’s office.

  4. Thanks for your kindness, sweet people! It’s not as bad as I feared it might be today, and I’ve been able to type if I give myself breaks.

  5. bummer! I thot somebody on DG said those cortisone shots didn’t hurt anymore! Glad it’s not so bad today. Back in ’71 or so, when I had them in my foot, I ’bout passed out and stayed home the next day after each shot. Sure hated them! Hang in there, don’t do surgery – that’s what they did on my foot, twice, bum foot every since. Last resort only!! Ver-r-r-ry last resort!!

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