Christmas has been and gone, and I’ve survived the festive period. The hand has been well behaved for sure, but the left especially on Christmas Eve was causing so much pain, and tears.
Wore my splints, bathed in ibuprofen and took the 8 paracetamol and 3 400mg ibuprofen. Nothing was shifting it. And this I told the GP as I had a telephone appointment.
The outcome was to try #Etoricoxib instead. Never had it before, so eager to try. It’s similar to Naproxen but hopefully it wouldn’t make my heart race, and cause total insomnia. I’m on 60mg ones, just 1 tablet a day.
Started them Christmas Eve. Took at 3.30pm and I continued with the remaining paracetamol and splint wearing for the rest of the day. At 7pm I felt sick and woozy. Didn’t last long though.
Christmas Day I woke up like a new women, hands felt fine, and I took tablet at 1pm to try and bring it forward. No splints, no gel, just 4 paracetamol and at 5pm I got a splitting headache. Thankfully lasted about 30mins, similar to day before sickness lasted the same length.
Boxing Day it’s incredible, no pains, just a touch of sickness again but before tablet. That was at 7.30am took tablet at 12pm and I didn’t get any side effects hours later like previous days. Happy days.
Friday 27th December the left hand is nagging a bit, but I have used the hand a lot with cooking and holding babies whenever possible, so I’m not too concerned. Took tablet at 12pm and at 3pm on our walk, I felt my heart race a bit. Seems to be a 3hour mark I start to feel a bit different. Splinted hand (left) for walking stick, but I still somehow crunched the joint (extremely painful) using taps are causing a lot of pain lately.
Saturday 28th December is visiting family so I can truly rest it, and gage how it is. Took at 11.30am had a small blip of sickness feeling at 4pm, nagging aches in the left, maybe some mcp joint swelling, but right hand continues to be well behaved. Had to use a bit of ibuprofen gel to settle them. Sore at the night time. Wonder what is different to Christmas day?
Sunday 29th December I think I know what’s different? I took the tablet late in the day on Christmas Eve, so I’m going to do that today and see if that helps my pain levels and changes how I feel. Planning to take around 4pm and hopefully the evening will feel better and the following day. Though peeling potatoes gave me the same pain. Hit an increased heart rate at 9pm so that was 5hours after taking it.
Monday 30th December, it’s been 2 weeks since the steroid in the right hand, and it’s working amazingly, very very happy with that hand. I just wish the left had responded like this, as it had previously too. Feel better taking it at 4pm yesterday, so that’s my future plan.