After a very difficult weekend pain wise I packed myself off to the hospital on Tuesday for a set of ultrasound scans on my hands and wrists. Unfortunately I wasn’t as half as bad as I had been just 24 hours before, but these things happen. The scans were done with a little mobile type unit, and it was fascinating to ‘see’ inside my own body.
The Dr doing the scans was very helpful, and explained a lot of what was going on (particularly once we had established I’m relatively intelligent). While I don’t have copies of the files to show photos here, we managed to prove that
a) I don’t have any babies in my hands 😉 and
b) I *categorically* don’t have any type of arthritis.
Now, while *I* knew that, it’s nice to have medical conclusive proof of that.
It was once we moved onto my wrists that things got interesting – or “odd” in the words of the doctor. What she discovered was signs of blood underneath/behind the Extensor carpi ulnaris tendon. Don’t panic – blood at this point could just be a sign of inflammation in the syvonium (that is to say the ligaments that hold the tendons of my wrist in place). The extensor carpi ulnaris is responsible for moving the wrist to the side (towards the little finger) – the Dr says this could be a sign of Tenosynovitis. This would be the cause of the pain in both wrists and my thumbs – but doesn’t explain the different pain I’m getting in my fingers and palms.
However, due to the equipment being used she couldn’t be sure, so she has gone to my official consultant and is recommending I’m referred to the Radiology department for a ‘better’ scan (I don’t know if that is an Ultrasound or an MRI) – however she did say that with the better equipment if they see anything they can give me a corticosteroid injection on the spot to see if that targets the inflammation and helps with the pain management.
On which note I’ve stopped taking the drugs – I didn’t see much point loading my body with strong drugs with an impressive range of side effects if they weren’t doing anything. Today I’m having the best day I’ve had in a LONG time 😉
Thanks to everyone for all your messages of support on this, it means a lot even if I can’t always type to reply!