7 Weeks post #SteroidInjection

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For the last 2.5 weeks I finally have had some relief from that most painful steroid injection I had back on 7th October.

Think it was more painful this time as the space between the joint is so small now due to the arthritis.

Took a long long time to kick in, almost 4 weeks, and it’s either wearing off already, or the huge dip in weather temperature is to blame. As it’s nagging, not hugely, but I am aware of it most of the day.

I was hoping for the 9months relief I had gotten the first time. Alas not meant to be, though it’s nagging, at least it’s not that white HOT bone pain that I had previously.

The right thumb is flaring up, but I’m still too scared to go and get it done. Though I’m starting to get tempted. I’m trying to leave it as long as possible though.

Back to almost bathing in ibuprofen gel, and wearing splints. Curse you #Arthritis #EhlersDanlosSyndrome

4 weeks post #SteroidInjection

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After a weekend away camping, and using the hand as much as I possibly needed, dare I say it…. It’s actually feeling like it’s improving!!

Can’t quite believe I’m saying it after how awful and how painful it was, and has been in this lead up to 4 weeks. It’s ached, throbbed and been like lighting at times, but now it finally seems to of settled down.

The grinding noise is still loud and audible to others, so I have to be careful not to grind it.

Tested it over the weekend with a lot of walking stick holding, and using it a lot while camping. Even being in the cold weather doesn’t seem to of affected too much. Ached occasionally, but seemed to pass reasonably quickly and it wasn’t a harsh ache either.

Wow I’m almost thinking it was worth the agony!! Can I really be saying that? I do wonder how long will this last?

Now the other side is beginning to ache, and pinch like the other did before the injection. I know I have to get this one done next month or December latest.

It will be nice to have it feeling good by the time my Granddaughter is bon in December.

Physio appointment day

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Well this is going to be fun, not done any physio for weeks. And now my hand (left) is absolutely useless, as it’s so painful from the steroid injection.

Hoping I can nurse the hand while working out the hips. I will wear the splint to protect it as well.

Sidenote, tiny bat was in the corridor, he made my day.

Thankfully none of the exercises I did needed my hand.

Stationary bike level 2 x 5mins

Side Leg Raise (ankle weighted) x 15reps

Supine Hip Abduction (ankle weighted) x 15reps

Supine Hip Abduction (Resistance Band) x 15reps

Prone Knee Raise (ankle weighted) x 15reps

We tried 2 new exercises to me, to test out the hips (both sides)

Sumo squat, (pivot on foot, to face opposite way) x 8reps each side

Knees hurt doing that one.

Bosu Ball Side Lunges x 5reps each side

Had parallel bars to stabilise myself, right knee hated this exercise the most.

CMC joint steroid injection

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So today is the day, I get my steroid injection in my left (worse hand) with a view to getting the right hand done within 3 months. Opted for this instead of both together, as right hand is slightly better, so I’m waiting for it to get worse.

So what are steroid injections and where do you get them?

Steroid injections can be used to treat some problems in the arm and hand. These can include trigger fingers, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, tennis elbow and rotator cuff tendonitis. These injections usually contain cortisone and a numbing medicine.

Mine is the CMC joint as seen below.

Cortisone is the steroid normally produced by your body, and it is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Corticosteroids tend to shrink, thin and slow things down. These steroids are different from anabolic steroids, which have been abused by athletes to build muscle and enhance performance.

I get mine in my CMC joint, which is the base of the thumb. And usually done under ultrasound for precision at MiCats. However some GP surgeries also carry them out without the ultrasound.

What happens afterwards?

The injection should take effect within a few days, and the benefits can last for many weeks or months; however, results are not the same for everyone or every problem. For some conditions, one injection solves the problem. For others, several injections may be required. There is no set rule as to how many injections a person can get. Your doctor might limit the number of injections because repeated cortisone can damage tendons and/or cartilage.

Side effects?

The most common side effect of steroid injections is known as a “flare.” This pain is felt for one or two days after the injection. It can be treated with ice and by resting the area injected.

Other side effects might include:

  • A rise in blood sugar level for diabetic patients for about five days
  • Thinning of the skin
  • “Lightening” of the skin at injection site (more common in patients with dark skin)
  • Weakening of tendons, making them more likely to rupture
  • Allergic reactions (rare)

One of the rare but more serious problems is an infection, especially if the injection was given into a joint. If you notice redness, extreme pain or heat at the injection site, or if you have a fever greater than 101° after an injection, you should call your doctor.

Hoping to get similar results as last year, I know it will increase pain for up to a week, so I’m well prepared. So fingers crossed it all goes well.

OMG that was actually horrendous, way way way more painful to previous ones, the sharpness of the needle I expected. But the joint space was really tight, and small. Having the steroid (kenalog) put in, I went hot, faint and sick all at once. I even nearly cried. So unlike me.

And the pressure was worse than just the crushing. It felt like it was going to explode!! Wow that was awful. I had to lie down for a minute or two. Thankfully it passes pretty quickly though.

Home resting with splint on, and little pillow to help rest it.

Week 32 post #hipreplacement

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Well that was a week, that’s for sure!! I struggled, I moaned and I rested. And you know what, I do feel better for it. So it was worth the agony of resting.

So the week started with a renewed rigor of wanting to workout, and do some physio. But remembering to not over do it. However, it didn’t go exactly to plan as we decided to use this rare sunny day to have a nature walk instead.

Which honestly worked the glues on the right side immensely!! Still ZERO feeling on the left side. The uneven terrain helped to build up my leg stability, and pushed the ankles to work harder, as well as the knees too.

From this walk I did feel some groin pain in the right, my thigh on the right side. Left side the knee was angry. But maybe I need this more? As it challenges the lower body more. I had to use a stick in places too. And really remember to point my foot forwards on the left side, (it has a habit of going sideways when I’m tired)

Following this, obviously I couldn’t go hardcore the next day. So I opted for very gentle physio.

  • Ball squeeze ankles 20reps
  • Ball squeeze knees 20reps
  • Ball between knees hip bridges 20reps
  • Hip flexion (no weights) 20reps
  • Hip abduction (no weights) 20reps
  • Hip extension forwards (no weights) 20reps
  • Hip extension backwards (no weights) 20reps
  • Heel to butt 20reps
  • Mini squat 20 reps

Nice and slow, with no added weights on the ankles, and using no resistance bands. I’m eager to move but not adding extra stress to the joint either.

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This resonates with me so much. As it’s not an easy fix.

Wednesday (when I’m posting this post) I did the same routine as Tuesday, and so far it’s going well, not too stressful and certainly not making things too painful either.

Thursday is the day off any physio, as it’s Chester Uni visit day, to finalise paperwork for my daughter’s course, and sneak a peek at the accommodation as well. It’s starting to feel very very real now.


Friday it is our daughters birthday so another rest day. And of course I will be eating cake too.

Day 221 post #HipReplacement

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It’s been a horrid week, in physically, mentally and weather wise too.

I’ve wanted to give up at times, I’ve cried such self pitying tears too. And it’s got me nowhere. It’s been the hardest most testing weeks I’ve had, and really none of it is my hip! Well, that’s something I’ve not been able to say since 2005!!

So that’s my silver lining. After all week following Mondays too much physio injury. I’ve felt good hip wise, a bit too good at times so I was sorely tempted to do physio again. But I promised myself I wouldn’t until Tomorrow (following Monday).

When I had injured it, it felt like an intense thigh pain, while also feeling like I was sitting on a ball, when I sat down. I presume it’s muscle, and swelling. Once I rested it soon got better, especially when I added hot water bottles and ibuprofen 400mg X 3 a day.

It’s been all my hands all week, they have felt like lightening, throbbing an swollen and just absolutely agony. I have solidly worn the splints, the gloves and used as much gel as allowed, to get minimum relief. I can’t wait for steroid injections, let’s hope they will do them.

I’m even starting to debate the CMC joint surgery? Has anyone had it? Is this my life now, replacing all the joints and arthritis already at 43?? Will I be more bionic by 50?? At my wit’s end. I’m wondering if I’ll ever drive a car, or will I ever make jewellery again? Stupid joints I hate them.

The week has been difficult and mood so low, not sure if pain or the weather has caused them. But I do now realise I work better mentally with routine, so I’m happy to be getting back into a routine tomorrow, and start off gently again with post op exercises and only 1 set too.

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Day 52 lazy weekend vibes

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Weekend is here, and I literally have nothing planned in particular. All I know is my hands are like claws, so there’s no chance of weights. Arthritis really sucks, it’s hard to admit that some days you can’t open the milk, or hold a kettle at times.

And my poor hip buckled on my last goblet squat yesterday, I felt the familiar hot burning sting as I started to squat. Like when I stepped up wrongly. So I immediately stood up, and stopped the exercise. Thankfully it was the last rep anyway.

So following that I know bodily I need a rest day, to help heal and grow stronger. Although I hurt myself a bit, I definitely didn’t do half the damage, so the two days off at the weekend will do me some good.

Let’s hope it stays behaved and doesn’t give me too much grief.

Day 20 it’s OT day

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In the last few weeks it’s all been hips and I’ve had to take a step back from my hands. Thankfully the recent weeks has been kind to me and they’ve swelled up minimally. But I’m kinda thinking that’s due to taking dihydrocodeine?!

My worse area was the CMC joint and where they put the cannula in. But now it’s all settled down and being reasonable.

After a week it was minimal

And now it’s completely cleared up.

So today is the day to show my lovely occupational therapist how I’ve done my exercises to build up the thumbs, and lengthen the finger ligaments. The physio I’ve done for them has helped, but so did the steroid injection.

Now medication is absolutely minimum, I’m feeling the familiar aches, pains and swellings. So I need advice on how to move forward.

Advice is to make the stretches harder using an elastic band or bobble, like what MiCats told me to do back in July. Now I have better strength and alignment, it should be easier to do.

Ive also got a new splint for my DIP joint of middle finger, as it’s extending all the time. I need to wear this when I’m doing things, like my thumb splints too (see above)

So hideous, but so needed as well. Back in 6 weeks time, to monitor how well they respond. But this is one thing that will get progressively worse over time, with little we can do about it to slow or control it.

#Blogmas 2018 Post #SteroidInjection day 4,5,6

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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.

Day 4

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.

Day 5

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.

Day 6

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.

Steroid injection day

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Well the day is finally here, after the disappointing Friday. Where I had an appointment but sadly no ultrasound machine to carry out the said procedure.

So, what am I having done, it’s an intra- articular injection which simply means injection directly into the inflamed joint.

The injection itself is usually quick and easy for them to perform, I say quick but to me it feels ages!! And when guided by an ultrasound machine, they can easily guide the needle directly to the inflamed area.

This time however I had the injection site through the thumb pad, not like the picture above, but like the photo below. Thicker tougher skin, I definitely felt it more this time, and the wiggling needle, seriously ouchie. And let’s not forget the joint feeling like it’s about to burst when the steroid kenalog is filling the joint space.

I came prepared with a mango coke, as last time I felt dizzy, sick and almost fainted. And this time was no different. Instantly sick feeling as needle comes out, woozy and dizzy, the sugary drink helped level me out. You have to sit around afterwards to ensure you don’t have an allergic reaction. But once my head cleared and I felt normal again, we left to go home and rest.

As you have a local anaesthetic as well the area is numbed a bit to help ease the pain of the steroid, but I will admit you still feel it a fair bit. And certainly after it wears off about an hour or two, the area will be achy and sore for a good 24-36 hours afterwards.

So no exercise or strenuous exercise on the joint while it’s sore and stiff. You may even need to brace it, juts to protect the area for a few days. Certainly what I did last time. As it’s my dominant hand, I feel it’s going to be harder to rest.