Thursday, May 31, 2007

deQuer-what?

deQuervain's tenosynovitis, to be precise -- inflammation of the tendons that control the thumbs. I have managed to mess up both hands, thus the name of this blog, for I am truly a Nerd without thumbs. In an attempt to get better, I have, to date, given up:
  • computer gaming
  • xbox
  • card games
  • reading paperbacks
  • piano
  • needlepoint
  • ... everything else that requires fine manipulation
In other words, just about everything but TV and b*tching about my thumbs. And using the remote hurts. Good thing Mr. E is usually in charge of that. :D (Complaining doesn't strain anything. You've been warned.)

I've done splints, ice, rest, physical therapy, ever stronger NSAIDs, and my least favorite drug ever, oral methylprendisolone. Next is injected cortisone, possibly autologous platelet infusion, and finally surgery. All whilst being my family's sole source of income... it could lead to drinking heavily. Except that it hurts to hold the glass. :(

I've a doctor's appointment Monday, after which I'm sure I'll have lots more to say.

3 comments:

kimalanus said...

Found you back... ;o)
Might I suggest typing Columbus Method (find and land with your index fingers.... Yes, dopey ideas occur to me, too.)
For what it may be worth, after my shoulder was rebuilt, I feel 100 percent better all over. Chronic pain has all sorts of (bad) side effects.

Sympathy,
Kim

Jennifer said...

Good luck on Monday. Hope you hear something good, or at least encouraging.

Ab_Normal said...

Howdy, all!

Ideally, this blog won't devolve into "pat me on the back, I'm feeling poorly", but for now, it's very nice. :D Thank you!

N