Saturday night wrist

Posted on Friday, December 16th, 2016 at 9:13 pm

For the past few months I’ve been feeling an intermittent pain in my left wrist. It has ranged from meh-ishly irritating to agonising, with the latter state being the most frequent in recent weeks. I originally saw my GP about this problem three weeks ago, but unfortunately it was on one of my better days – this made it significantly difficult to pin point the source as previously the pain I had experienced was coming from upwards of three places. My GP prescribed my some ibuprofen gel, advised me to exercise my hand with a stress ball and sent my on my way. No problem…

… until I went to photograph an event last weekend. It seems my wrist didn’t take too kindly to lifting heavy camera bags, so my agonising spells increased seven fold. I also came to the realisation that my wrist was slightly swollen on the outside of the joint and my hand’s default position was at a worrying angle. I did book in with the GP on the Monday, but due to availability I couldn’t be seen until the Friday, great.

Fortunately for me, a couple of work colleagues became concerned and marched me to the Fracture Clinic – one of the perks of working in a hospital, although I don’t like jumping the queue just because I work there. The Consultant was able to pinpoint the pain immediately, and diagnosed tendonitis. He explained the cause was due to overworking, which was occupational, but not necessarily caused by one thing.

I’ve now been given a splint and was also given an injection of cortisone, which hurt like a mother because there isn’t very much meat to stick a needle in to around the joint with the problematic tendon. Since this appointment, my wrist has started to feel a lot better with the aid of the splint and some painkillers (paracetamol and ibuprofen gel), although I’m very conscious that this pain could trigger again if I move my wrist in a certain way. For now I’m trying to avoid anything that requires grip, a shortlist of what I’ve had to cut down on is driving, video games, typing (two-handed) and holding devices such as laptops and tablets with both hands.

I’m hoping this is going to heal soon, but it’s going to be a very Merry Christmas. I mean, I’ve got Pokémon to catch! Humph.

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