Happy Thursday Folks!
Well a little less happy for me.
I had an appointment with my doctor yesterday. Routine. Nothing major - just need to refill a prescription. But I figure while I'm there I might as well ask about some pain I've been getting in my thumb. I've been having this nagging pain grow and grow since maybe September. Last week I tried to lift a bed mattress with my Dad and couldn't do it! "HUH????" I think to myself. But then I start to think about it... I can't twist door handles that are either bit hard to turn... can't open jars of preserves... It's like all strength has left my hand. I was beginning to think "OMG I HAVE ARTHRITIS!!!" But I'm 26 - on WHAT planet does someone who is 26 get arthritis. So I ask....
Turns out I have "de quervain’s tenosynovitis". Basically the tendon down the inside of my forearm to my thumb is inflamed/injured. Except I have no idea how I managed to get it. The Doc said usually it affects plumbers or mothers with babies because it usually happens after repetitive use and pressure on the hand, like the twisting motions of a plumber or the picking-up of a child motion. The only thing I can even think I use my hand for repetitively is Cross Stitch so I tell the Doc this... "Nope - highly unlikely as it doesn't really require a lot of pressure". Can't say I'm not revealed at this because I'd hate to stop Cross Stitching... actually I think it would be my nightmare haha.
Any-who, I have strict orders to rest my hand and not do anything that would aggravate it and to buy a wrist brace asap. If it doesn't go away soon then I'll need to get cortisone shots into my tendon... SOOOO not looking forward to this but considering I've had this pain since the Fall I think my future is looking a little bleak in this respect. Luckily my best friend is a massage therapist - don't get the wrong idea this is not a happy "I'll feel great" massage... Therapy is the name of the game and she fricken HURTS. Either way, she's kindly offered to help me out with some massaging techniques. And personally I'd do just about anything to not have to get cortisone shots.
Still I'm pretty peeved at my body for crapping out on me! I've got circulation problems in my legs and now a gimp hand... MY RIGHT HAND - the one I use for EVERYTHING.
Come on Body! I'm nice to you!!! I feed you, take you out for walks, pamper you with creams and beautiful haircuts, etc etc etc.
I guess we'll just have to wait and see what the next couple of weeks holds for me.
As for the stitching... it's progressing but I'm taking it slllllooooowwww.
Ciao for now!