February 28, 2011

I bet you can't guess what I have in my hand


I'm still mostly clueless about what's wrong with me. Eleven days ago, my left wrist started swelling up and hurting like hell. It's been like that ever since. Six trips to the doctor, blood tests, a sonogram, an MRI, and nobody can identify a specific problem besides the fact that I'm old and worn out. Among the many things that have been investigated and ruled out are Blood Clot, Lyme Disease, Lupus, Cellulitis, Rheumatoid arthritis, and Gout. Steroids and antibiotics haven't changed a thing, and neither oxycodone nor Aleve can lay a glove on the pain. My wrists have endured a lot of wear and tear over the years, so I'm familiar with pain. But this pain is beyond anything I can remember.

One of the many weird things about this is the pain cycle. If I can sleep a little, the pain is almost nonexistent in the morning when I get up. It starts during the afternoon or early evening, and it's usually pretty bad by bedtime. If I can sleep a couple of hours, I'm usually awakened by the pain by midnight to 1 AM and then in agony for a couple of hours. Sometime around 3, I usually doze off. By 7 AM the pain isn't so bad, and I start to think I'm getting better. Then by late afternoon it starts all over again.

The nearest thing to a reason for all this is that my body just got fed up with the abuse and overreacted with a great big generalized inflammation. Time will tell.

I just today got a custom splint made and started using a TENS device. I have high hopes that I will finally start to heal.

Posted by Hal Eckhart at February 28, 2011 10:42 PM
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