Monday, June 14, 2010

Little To No Knitting Allowed

I went to the doctor today; actually, I saw two doctors today, but that's another story. I went to see my family doctor today because of my thumb. Last week, at work, while I was putting a ream of paper into the photocopier, I experienced a sharp, shooting pain from the base of my thumb almost to my elbow.

On the weekend, at WWKIP, it wasn't too bad but when I woke up Sunday morning, I was in pain! John told me to ice it, then he wrapped it for me so I couldn't move it too much. By this morning, it was feeling somewhat better, but I decided that since I already had an appointment with a specialist I might as well see my GP while I was out and about.

Within minutes, he confirmed my (and my daughter's) suspicions; my daughter has it as well and when she told me her symptoms, I was quite sure I had it, too. I have DeGuervain's Tenosynovitis. How's that for a mouthful? Basically, it's very similar to carpal tunnel syndrome, but in a slightly different location, at the base of the thumb.

Treatment? Avoid all movement that stresses it, apply ice, wrap it, take anti-inflammatory pain killers (I have naproxen in the house for my neck, so that will work) and take it easy until it feels better. Unfortunately, I do have to work so it will be used, but even my boss has told me to do only what I can (he's trained as a physiotherapist) and ask for help when I need it.
And, in the meantime, no knitting... it hurts too much. *Big sigh* I'll have to find something else to keep me occupied. Oh wait! I have the laptop!
Oh, as far as the specialist goes, he's going to schedule me for a surgical biopsy on my thyroid. He anticipates it will happen towards the end of August, early September. Approximately half my thyroid will be removed and tested to rule out cancer; I'm quite sure there is no cancer, but he's playing it safe. I won't need medication afterwards as, apparently, the thyroid can still function quite well with most of it removed and, at this point, mine is functioning normally.
Ok, time for ice... too bad it won't be in a martini.


  1. So sorry, Ev. I'm thinking some ice could be reserved for the martini -use a straw- the rest on the wrist!
    Take care

  2. Ugh, enforced knitting abstinence, no fun. But really, more important is that the thyroid thing turns out well, so I hope everything's OK.

  3. Gee that's too bad. At least it didn't happen during the move - though it would have been a good reason not to do any of the work! Hope it gets better quickly.

  4. Hope everything goes well and you feel better soon!

  5. I've had DeQuervain's and it was awful -- I'm so sorry you've acquired it. My treatment was a cortisone shot to the wrist which worked miracles in a matter of days. Hope yours is much better very soon.

  6. I hope you get better soon!!! Hopefully you can still come out to Sit'n' stitch on a day that I actually make it out as well.