Not exactly a Christmas story blog post, but this blog chronicles my actual life, so it makes sense to me o include it.
Following on from 6 days ago, I received an intra articular steroid injection in the right hand, the CMC joint to be precise.
Each day I’ve seen and felt an improvement in the functionality and pain levels, and in swelling too.
I’m still doing my daily exercises with the bobble as a resistance band. I’m also not protecting it from normal daily chores. It’s ok, it’s not entirely painfree. Started to notice the DIP joint is tender, and stings at times.
The DIP joint is the top knuckle of the thumb (or fingers) this is a new pain? Also I’ve felt ridiculously tearful, literally over nothing!! But I know it’s a side effect so I’m not reading anything into it.
Headaches are pretty frequent as well, but again I know they are a common side effect, so I have to just ride it for a while. And hope it settles down.
I’m noticing it’s not as painfree as the other hand was immediately, so that’s a bit frustrating. But at least it’s after the days exercise and only aches at night time after a full day of use. Maybe it’s slower to heal as it’s my dominant hand.
Some evenings I’m putting the brace on, to support it and rest it when I know I’m physically resting more. It’s mainly to stop the joints from flexing too much.
Both hands went sore and swollen at the MCP joints and CMC joints because I went for a woodland walk, only outside for 1hr 30mins with plenty of stops and rest. Not sure why they flared up? Thankfully they went down after 30mins.
Wow nearly a week has passed, and though it has niggles it’s 90% better than before the injection. So for that it’s totally worth the added pains, swellings and mood swings. I just pray it will last a while, as really all that’s left to manage it, is bone removal, joint replacement (I’m going to end up as mostly machine)
In this the trapezium bone is removed and the fingers ligament is used to fill the space instead.
Here we have surface replacement, bit like a total hip replacement, creates new smoother surfaces that don’t rub together, unlike bones.
Next week I see the OT and I’m keen to see what they say, I honestly can’t face more surgeries, but then this pain can be so disabling as well. Torn by decisions.