Wednesday, January 26, 2011

De Quervain's Tenosynovitis

This is the picture of the left hand. My pain is in my Right hand.
So, I went to the doctor because my hand was not getting better. There is a constant pain at the base of my thumb which is towards the wrist. The pain goes up and will be really painful when I over use it. Sometimes that just consist of doing things around the house.
Now I will give you a lesson as to what this really is.
De Quervain's Tenosynovitis is a painful condition affecting the tendons located on the thumb side of your wrist. A tendon is a strong band of tissue that attaches muscle to bone. A sheath, or covering, surrounds the tendons that go to your thumb. Tenosynovitis is an irritation of this sheath.
How does this occur you might ask?
Usually occurs from overusing your thumb or wrist, especially in activities that move your thumb directly away from your wrist such as skiing or hammering. And No, I have not been hammering the kids! LOL
How do I get this to get better you might ask?
Sometimes they put a splint on it. The Doctor did not see that I really needed one yet. So, I have to ice it for 20-30 minutes every 3-4 hours until the pain goes away. Wow! I think my hand might be frozen and then for sure I won't feel any pain. Just cold! LOL
After ice, massage the area for 5-10 minutes several times a day.
Take an anti-inflammatory med.
Last resort is to get cortisone injection.
When can I get back to normal activity?
As soon as my wrist recovers. If attempt too soon, this will create permanent damage.
Guess I better behave.
Think I might be going to the drug store to get my a splint so I don't overuse or twist and turn it when not suppose to.
On another note-I hate the fact that I have Type 2 Diabetes. So, I have to really behave now. I hate buying tons of fruit because it can be so expensive. But, to be healthy I have to pay the price. Not sure if I can eat fruit three times a day and veggies three times a day. But, I do know that I can try. I am such a carb eater that it isn't funny. I don't eat a lot of sweets, but those carbs sure do turn into sugar eventually. Sucks! Anyway, I told my husband today--who loves carbs, pastas, etc, that he and the rest of the family is going to have to go on this journey with me. Not saying we can't have that stuff once in a while, but it is good to eat differently anyway. Maybe I can find some fun and Yummy recipes.
I am lucky that I can take a pill and not have insulin. So that is a bonus. I wonder if I will ever be free from this? Going to try. It does not help that family had Diabetes. My Grandpa Odette had Diabetes 1 so he had to take insulin. That was not fun for him. Was not fun watching his legs blister up either. God rest his soul.
So, what do I have to do now? I have to make an eye apt. Have to get that checked every year. Eat healthier and exercise. I have not been one to just lay around, but this will push me to get to my cardio stuff. Now that I am not working, I have more time so I don't have any excuses.
Enjoy your day!


Jennifer said...

On the diabetes... Consider the fact that the cost of healthy food is far cheaper than the cost of more meds. Mark is on 3 insulin pens and has to administer 2 of them twice a day so 5 shots ever day. They are expensive.
Plus you will just feel a whole lot healthier and have more energy.

Shelly said...

Yes, it is cheaper than more meds I agree. It just sucks. Eventually I will get use to this idea. It just makes me feel like I am a little inadequate-ya know? I know I am not, but I am sure Mark said at one time, It's not fair. I bet those pens are expensive. Energy is what I am looking for. Thanks Jennifer!

Mari said...

Jennifer is right. Heather is Type 1 too and if you get to the point of needing insulin it is really expensive. Usually by eating and losing a little weight, you can go off the pills!
Now - I should do the same because I'm at risk too.

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