November 04, 2012
Another Sticky Issue
Remember in March when I had a shot to alleviate the symptoms of trigger finger? Well, it didn't last as long as I was hoping (many get lifetime relief). It has slowly been getting worse over the last month. I'm doing as I did last winter, trying massage, stretches and ibuprophen to try to keep it from becoming a huge issue. The doc said that he wouldn't do another shot (unless the first lasted something like 5 years), so surgery would be next. Well, that is fine and dandy, but I don't think an employer would be impressed if I got a job and immediately had issues because I couldn't type with my left hand! Oh well, it's mostly pain and swelling so far - no major stickage - so I can deal with it for a while.
Yep, when it rains it pours!
Does heat helps? When my hands get bad I keep one of those microwavable heating pads at my desk and holding it in my hands for short periods of time will often help control the pain.
Posted by: Ruth at Nov 4, 2012 4:13:46 PM
Moist heat does help (like doing dishes), but usually the pain returns even stronger after the heat is removed (I assume because it encourages swelling).
It is also very strange because yesteday my hand killed me all day, but so far this morning, it feels almost normal. It is when it is all pain, all the time, plus finger movement issues, that I have no choice but to d something about it.
Posted by: bogie at Nov 5, 2012 6:50:10 AM