Monday, February 02, 2009

Wristy Business

After 9 long months of pregnancy, and the whole childbirth process, and who knew that having a baby could cause you physical pain long after the birth??

I've been battling wrist pain since mid December. It began in my right hand, so then I began to favor my left hand to try and give the rightie a rest, and you guessed it, the pain began in my left wrist also, with my right hand continuing to get worse. For weeks my family has been bugging me to go to the doctor, and for weeks I shrugged it off. Finally however the sharp shooting pain kept getting worse and Brian did a little research online and came upon this diagnosis: DeQuervain's Tenosynovitis- a specific form of wrist tendonitis, common in skiers and yep, new mothers!

Apparently the repetitive motion of picking up Bradley has inflamed the tendons in both of my wrists just below my thumbs, making it excruciatingly painful to do simple activities like brush my teeth, pick up my purse, and especially to lift my child. Up till now I have gritted my teeth and pressed on, but after reading about the condition online and (correctly) diagnosing myself, I realized that this was not something that would go away on its own, and could ultimately wind up needing surgery to correct if I didn't take care of it now. So I finally sucked it up and went to the doctor.

After seeing an orthopaedic specialist today and getting double Lidocaine shots, and 2 new wrist splints I should be good to go in a day or two. For now, the pain is worse (and yes, I can still type, as long as I don't use my thumbs!), but it will all be worth it soon. PTL for modern medicine! Oh yeah... and they want me to go to Physical Therapy 1-3 times a week but that ain't happenin. I think prescribing PT for something this minor is a tad overboard. So I'm right back to denying medicine and doctor visits for a while!

PS- a funny story about today... when getting a series of x-rays done I asked the x-ray technician if she could re-take that last one because I wasn't smiling in it! She cracked up!


Anonymous said...

awww, your jokes are beginning to sound like mine haha.

Rachel said...

Oh My Gosh!!! Okay, so when I was pregnant with Mason my wrist started to hurt when I would grip things. I read that Carpal Tunnal was really common in pregnancy and that it would go away after birth....Well, it didn't. After reading the description of what you have, I am pretty sure I have the same thing...not carpal tunnel. I get shotting pains sometimes from my wrist all down my hand and when i hold the hair dryer, or feed mason with a small spoon and have to grip something small, my hand aches and my wrist hurts constantly. It hasn't gotten bad enough for me to go to the doctor yet..It's just annoying. Please let me know if shots work. I think I may need to get it looked at soon. Thanks for posting this and correctly diagnosing me. It's too bad I can't pronounce what we have. :)

Katie said...

Ahh... the things we do for love... You poor thing! But hey, it is one more thing you can hang over his head when he is an insolent teenager - "I was injured just by loving you!!"

Anonymous said...

I love Katie's point. You can always use a little extra blackmail! Well I think this is a much better alternative to not picking up that little butterball of cuteness!!


DrRakesh said...

I had recently treated a mom of 8-month-girl with same problem.

I had written my experience and some tips on this disease on my blog.

Sallie said...

I have wrist pain, too! Have had it ever since shortly after Kate was born. But mine is on the pinky side, not the thumb, and it looks like the bone is swollen. I, too, delay going to doctors, but maybe it's time. This morning in yoga, i couldn't put my hand down on the mat without it throbbing. yuck. glad to know i'm not alone.