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Medical records and injection advice.

Aug 07, 2015 3:29 PM

Hey peeps. Hope y'all feeling as well as possible. I've had an interesting day. Firstly I had a GP appointment and she was the first GP there that struck me as caring just a little bit about me as a patient. My Baclofen is now on repeat so great. She then started asking me all sorts of questions which culminated in a suspected carpal tunnel syndrome in my left hand/arm. Shes left me to consider steroid injections into my hand/wrist? Anyone with experience of this, please share. She reckons it's caused by the crutches.
She's booked me in for bloods next week for an update on everything. She has requested an asthma review and asked if I had considered counselling.
So thorough GP.
Later on I collected my medical records from the last six years. Had to go to their other surgery further away. Have read through them this evening and until joining the current surgery, everything was much as I expected. Then the new surgery came in. It was remarked that my crutches were 'Maladaptive'. That was remarked by the locum GP. Just goes to show the patient history they read.😠
Why is it GP's presume we do these things on purpose? Yes, today I believe I will walk in a shit manner and look like a cripple! What a fabby idea. 😑
Anyhow, if anyone has any experience with the steroid injections, please share. I'm not sure whether to go ahead or not.

Aug 07, 2015 6:51 PM

Hi PJB, my first experience with CTS was when I was pregnant and gained weight too much. It never truly went away but would ease up now and then. I was placed in splint to wear as I slept; so relaxing, not, but I got use to them. That was in 1988, and no one ever mentioned steroid injx. In 2012 I had surgery on my right hand because "the CTS was causing me to drop things and be weak.". Here I am 3 years later with the same pain and worse weakness than before surgery. So if someone had offered me an injx first I might have tried it first. They now say I have scar tissue pressing the nerves and they may need to go back in. I'm not sure I want them to. I can wear my splints (I had to get a new pair) and it eases up. Good luck making your decision. And I'll say a prayer that whatever you decide will be with the best results. 🙏🌼

Aug 07, 2015 7:05 PM

Thank you FL81. Sorry to hear you weren't given as much support as you should have been. It's a shame the amount of ppl that are not given the relief or options at least at the earliest possible time.
I read the surgery is usually very helpful, but I wonder if the fibro is a causal factor in making us worse? Injections or surgery are worrying enough with the slow recovery rate.
I believe I may try the splints first and if it doesn't help I'll bite the proverbial bullet and try the injection.

Aug 07, 2015 7:32 PM

It's playing that my neck problems are one reason. But you could be right about the fibro. It could even be connected to my tremors, since my right hand is the one hurting. You'll need to wear the splints every night and they take getting use to. If you don't sleep alone, put a pillow between you and them... So you don't whop them in your sleep, like I did that to my hubby! If it's not helping as much as you hope after 2-3 months then ask for the injx. Wish you the best! 🙏🌼

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