Sunday, May 27, 2012

Frustrated and Annoyed

My hands hurt.  The more medical advice I get, the more they hurt.  It started with my left middle finger.  It swelled to twice its size and became very painful to bend and use.  I went to my dr who ordered an Xray which showed that my left hand is missing cartilage between just about all the first knuckles of my fingers . . .but that's not where the pain was located, nor did that joint seem to be the source.  She sent me to the orthopedics dr who diagnosed tendonitis and treated me with an 8 day course of predisone.  That reduced the swelling a bit, and the pain lessened.  About a week after I finished the prednisone, the finger started swelling again, and it became even more painful.   At the same time, several fingers on my right hand started acting up and the right hand side of my wrist (under the little finger) got quite painful. A second visit to the orthopedist resulted in blood tests that show that I may have some sort of inflammatory disease, but the tests weren't precise enough to indicate which of several.  I have to now go see a rheumatologist  once they can find an appointment for.  I've also been referred to occupational therapy.  They've recommended some finger and hand exercises plus contrast baths (hot and cold) several times a day.  I'm also to  relieve pain and swelling with Aleve and Tylenol per dr's orders.

All which goes to say that while I've been given the OK to knit, I can't!  It hurts too much, and I can't grasp the needles well.  I also am having difficulty opening jars, cutting fruit and veggies for meals, opening doors, and even shifting my car into drive and reverse.

Today I'm frustrated because I had a hard time repotting some plants, and so I decided to enjoy the beautiful weather on my screen porch and work on a jigsaw puzzle since I can't knit.  But can I find my puzzle board anywhere????  We had a new heating system put in this past fall, and things got moved. I've always kept my puzzle board (a large felted board that folds up, holding puzzles in progress) behind a large desk in the family room.  The desk and therefore the board was moved during the renovation. Can I find it anywhere??? Nope.  I didn't move the furniture - it was done by the heating people.  Everything else was left in the middle of the rooms they were working in.  Not the board!

Oh well. I just might have to buy a Kindle book since I'm just about finished with the one I'm reading.


Panhandle Jane said...

I am so sorry to hear about this pain. I hope the rheumatologist is able to diagnose and get you some sort of relief. I'll add you to my prayer list and to the list at my Tuesday Bible Study group.

My son had surgery a few weeks ago for a longstanding ankle problem. There had been much "to do" on exactly what was wrong. He ended up with a doctor who also works with the Olympic ski team. There were x-rays, and CAT scans, and MRIs in advance. Finally, it narrowed down to surgery, with choice A being the best, but if the doctor got in there and it was worse than he expected, it would have to be fused, not a good thing to happen to you in your twenties. When the doctor came out to talk to us after about 20 minutes, it scared me to death. It turned out that my son just had a bunch of extra soft tissue in his ankle that, of course, showed up on none of the tests. The surgery was already over, and he seems to be recuperating nicely. I know yours is not the same thing--I'm just sympathizing that after all the tests in the world, it is frustrating not to get the answer. And, of course, not being able to knit is the absolute pits because that, for me at least, is the pacifier I need when I'm worried.

Martha Spong said...

I'm sorry to hear about your difficulties and hope you can get a diagnosis soon!

Christine said...

I am so sorry about your pain.. My daughter has rheumatism in her foot and is on meds when she has a flare-up. We thought she had lupus. Inflammatory problems are so difficult to diagnose and treat. She also goes to a pain-management specialist. That was after she began crying in the doctor's office saying that she felt "abandoned" to her pain by their inability to help her. She was embarrassed later but said that she couldn't cope anymore with the pain.
We use our hands for everything - how awful when they don't work and they hurt as well. I too will pray for you.
DId you say once that you watch "Castle"?