Monday, November 09, 2009

The Wrist Thing

Hello All,
Can't remember if I've ever said what was actually wrong with the wrist, so here is the story.

It's not Carpal Tunnel. There I said it. Very tired of people telling me "it's just CT - you need to stop this, this and this". Well, it's not.

It all started 16 years ago. I found a lump on my inner wrist. A ganglion cyst was removed. That was 1993.

In 1995, a smaller cyst returned - in the same area. It never bothered and I forget all about it until about a year ago. It was just a bit of weakness and or pain, every so often until about 2 months ago.

For some reason, it did something like shift or whatever and the real pain began. Big pain. After about 2 weeks of denial and just hoping it would magically go away (yeah, I know I should know better), I called the doc.

Primary doc said she could take care of it in the office. I was skeptical because I felt it was somehow different this time. I was right, she sent me to a orthopedist - a hand specialist.

The next week, I was getting poked and prodded and pinched and sent home crying after an x-ray. Yes, it hurt that much. Nothing like an exam to help you feel better, no?

An MRI was ordered. An MRI was done this morning - almost 3 weeks after it was ordered. Almost 8 weeks after it first started hurting like the dickens. The insurance company took their time pre-approving it. Yeah.

There is a follow-up appt with the doc this Thursday afternoon. I can't wait to find out what the heck is going on...I just want to get my wrist back to the way it was and get on with knitting, sewing, biking (more than I am now) and just doing stuff in general. It can get quite difficult sometimes to do the simplest things. UGH.

And the pain just keeps getting worse.

But things are looking up.

And that's the story of the wrist.


  1. Oh I so hope you get an answer and an answer they can do something about.
    I hear yea.... everyone immediately thinks its CT and if its not they don't know anything else and are baffled.
    CT sucks though cause you can't do anything about it except stop using your hands which you know... sucks.
    Let us know! I'm sorry it hurts so much and I know you just want to get back to normal.

    I just finally got the approval to go back to PT, but my workers comp only approved 1 stinking 30 minute visit of my 3 my doctor recommended. They suck. They don't seem to get that it takes more than 30 minutes to deal with BOTH arms and all of my inflamed spots that need treatment and different exercises to teach me.

  2. I'm sorry about the pain D. I hope it's not too serious. xoxo

  3. Chin up's not fun dealing with the insurance stuff...

    Thanks for the good thoughts.

  4. Blech. Injuries and such SUCK. I was amazed at how many things were affected by my bruised/cracked rib a few months ago.

    Insurance issues suck as well. SUCK.