So…saw the hand specialist this morning. Here’s the trifecta of problems/diagnosis:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is mild.
- Trigger finger issue in right hand.
- Start of arthritis at the base of both thumbs.
Here’s where things get better:
- Braces at night, probably for months if not years to come, should either eliminate the CTS or prevent further damage.
- Splint at night on the finger to help keep it straight as I sleep. Good chance this, combined with the steroid shot I already got, will make things calm down. Giving it 6 months to a year. If it continues, surgery will happen. Surgery is low risk and 100% effective, but I really don’t like the whole idea of being cut into if I can avoid it.
- No cure, but we caught it super early which is good. Welcome to getting older! Haha. I now have compression braces for the thumbs (wearing them as I type this) that I’ll wear anytime they get grumpy with me. They’re small, easy to slide into a pocket or my purse, and hardly restrict my finger movement at all. Tech that fitted me recommended I wear them for a couple days to get used to them/allow them to mold to my hands. Once that’s done, they can come off and only be worn if I need them.
The really good news?
Writing will not cause further damage!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Any pain/discomfort I feel is not something that’s causing a problem. It’s age and use, nothing else. Take some tylenol and keep typing is pretty much what the doctor said.
That’s something I haven’t done much of, simply because I was afraid of making things worse. Getting that reassurance is HUGE.
Now to get through a necessary list of things to do around the house and get back to ‘Shield & Scepter’!
BB/Chan Eil Eagal Orm