Mar 13, 2008
I am approaching 9 months off of pain pills and anxiety meds. My clean date is the 15th. This forum helped me more than I can even say. I have been a member here for 14 months.
Those that know me know I also struggle with pain daily. I have learned new ways to deal with it. I finally got into some serious stretching at home that has really helped alot. As well as doing some light strength training, mainly using my body for resistance and building my core to help.
Over the past several months though, I have had more and more problems with my hands and wrists. Swelling, tight over stretched tendons that feel like rubber bands. And more recently that has keep me from the computer and this forum. I have a ganglion cyst the diameter of a quater directly on top of my radial artery of my left wrist. It gets bigger as the day goes on and has gotten more and more painful over the past month. I have began getting numbness and tingling in my fingers and dropping stuff constantly. My rheum doc refered me to a ortho hand surgeoun, because I have to have it surgically removed. *****....:( I am trying to put it off a few weeks so I can get all my clients in order so I can take the time off needed to heal after wards. Being a hairstylist and make up artist its hard to take time off. And when you are off, you don't make any money. Luckily, I have insurance through my hubby's work. But I don't have sick time or vacation days. I will have to be off for at least 2 weeks. And then wear a brace for 4 weeks after that. I am gonna attempt to only take 2-3 weeks off from work and make it work with the brace on. I don't know how much pain I will have after surgery. Hopefully not much. But they are slicing open my wrist and digging around so they get it all out, its apparently more tricky when its on the inner side of your wrist and right on top of your artery. These cysts like to wrap around nerves and stuff. If I do have alot of pain and have to take pills, my hubby and possibly my dad (may be flying in to take care of me for a few days) will be here to play nurse and hand out pills accordingly. It ***** making it this long to have something like this happen. I live with pain everyday. Now I am going to have more pain.
Luckily I am a fighter... :)
I hope everyone out there in forum-ville is staying strong and keeping up with the fight.