About five or six weeks ago, I performed an action, which I perform hundreds of times a day, and I got this excruciating pain across the front of my wrist, which radiated both directions, up my forearm and down my hand. I didn't yelp. I practically YOWLED. Unfortunately, both kids were present.
"Mom are you OK"
"Yes, Love. It's just my hand"
"Did you pop a bone?" (don't you love the casual EDS shorthand we have in our house?)
"Actually... No." (I don't know what I had done. I just knew it wasn't a bone. And it hurt!)
My hand was hot, tender, very painful and virtually unusable for hours afterwards. Ever since then, certain movements can really, really hurt. I knew it was soft tissue. The pain wasn't IN the joint, but around it and radiating from it. I thought maybe I had a bone out of place in my wrist, which was effecting ligaments or tendons. I tried to fix it. Unfortunately I was at the dinner table at the time. Grace said (in exactly my tone of voice) "Do you HAVE to fix your bones at the dinner table? That's disgusting, Mom!" (Ha!)
I kind-of hoped that maybe it would go away. Certain movements, like pincer grasp seemed to aggravate whatever-it-was, so I tried to avoid these and rest my dominant hand as much as possible (again: Ha!).
Then one day I used a manual can opener and YOWCH! I ended up on the kitchen floor, actually crying with pain. From soft tissue! Who knew? So I decided enough was enough and called the Rheumy the next business day. I finally got to see her this week.
I have tendonitis in my wrist. Thankfully, it is not De Quervain Syndrome (thank you, God!).
"Can I still knit?"
"Does knitting make it worse?"
"Then you can still knit"
So I have a diagnosis and a treatment plan, which is good. However, I can't help thinking that here is more connective tissue that has let me down. First it was the ligaments, now tendons are complaining.
What's next? Will my cartilage take out a work-to-rule (and WTF IS a work-to-rule anyway?)
But -Good news: I think I have finally found an application where Voltaren gel actually works!
Happy days. (or something)