De Quervain's Tenosynovitis

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    I’m so fed up of being in constant pain and I feel things are getting worse not better as time goes on. I feel I have no where to turn for support or help and like I’m drowning as I’m lost of what to do. I feel like everyone’s sick of hearing me moan and my husband fed up of me not being able to do as much. #Endometriosis #PolycysticOvarySyndrome #IrritableBowelSyndromeIBS #Anxiety #DeQuervainsTenosynovitis #neckpain #ChronicPain #TriggerFinger

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    6 a.m. and counting.
    I am exhausted, yet cannot sleep.
    I am restless, yet cannot rise.
    So many thoughts, distractions, actions.
    So many tasks and necessary acts.
    Tapping, ticking, rocking, clicking.
    At last, I close my eyes and dream.

    #adhesive capsulitis

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    "Self Indulgent B@llsh!t Mode" aka My Birthday...

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    Struggling to Stay Hopeful After Negative Blood Test Results

    For the past year and a half I've been herded in and out of doctors appointments in which they've checked for a plethora of things. The chronic pain has been getting much worse in the past 6 months, so I was finally instructed to make an appointment with a rheumatologist. I did a majority of the blood work ahead of time, that way I was prepared for the initial rheumatologist appointment.

    Unfortunately, I've received most of the results and I'm feeling slightly hopeless right now. I've become amazing at pretending I'm doing great and feeling amazing even when I'm being destroyed by constant severe inflammation, De Quervain's, chronic back pain, nerve pain, muscle pain, anxiety, numbness, fatigue, and migraines. As dumb as it may sound, I was really looking forward to getting these blood tests done. I had hoped that it would give me a better understanding of what was going on with me. Granted, I'm still waiting for the ANA titer; however, most of my doctors had assumed I had relatively severe rheumatoid arthritis. According to my results, I most likely do not have RA.

    Has anyone had the symptoms of chronic illness, but negative test results?

    I'm struggling to stay positive right now, but I'll keep trying my best!”

    #BloodTests #ChronicPain
    #Anxiety #Migraine #Fatigue #Pain #ijustwanttofeelbetter #nervepain #Inflammation #DeQuervainsTenosynovitis

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    Tired- Hashimoto's & Possible RA

    I am tired of being tired everyday. Whether I am up all night from insomnia, or had just slept 16 hours straight from being too exhausted, I am still tired. Thinking about cooking, moving my sore body to take care of my kids and their needs feels like I am sinking into quick sand. My limbs and eyes feel heavy.

    On my good days I feel like talking to people and even going for a refreshing walk with my dog in the sun; feeling it's warm rays gently upon my skin. I feel like making a nutritious, delicious meal, and maybe even dessert.

    But a lot of my days my invisible illness threatens to destroy my body. It attacks my thyroid causing my glands to swell and my joints, muscles, and tendons to pull and tighten each other like a tangled ball of criss crossed electrical wiring sparking. My stomach burns because my gastritis is flaring due to a coffee I decided to indulge in that day, because I have missed the taste and badly needed a pick me up to finish my day or start the kid's bedtime routine.

    I obsessively research my ailments because most of the regimens I do to take care of myself, I have learned on my own and not from doctors.

    A lot of times I feel hopeless and at times have contemplated suicide because I feel like I am useless with my crippled body.

    It is reinforced by negativity from others when they judge why I am not working or doing more to better my financial situation. When members in support group tell me I ask stupid questions or seem confused about my disease.

    I do not think as efficiently or creatively anymore, because my slow thyroid affects the speed my brain processes thoughts and responses. I have to take stimulants to speed my brain response, focus, motivation, and memory. The medications don't always work well everyday. Everyday is a new day with my diseases.

    I struggle to bring up my iron levels through my diet and supplements because I also have borderline low B12 levels. The gastritis doesn't allow the nutrients to fully pass through the stomach. I also take a medication to help with acid reflux and bile reflux diseases. That medication (called a proton pump inhibitor) can also deplete my body of important vitamin and minerals.

    On top of all that I have a ton of itis'. Forearm tendonitis, lateral epicondylitis(tennis elbow), De Quervain's tenosynovitis(mommy tendonitis), greater hip trochanter bursitis, multiple foot tendons(itis). And carpel tunnel, sore elbows, neck and neck muscles, sore lumbar and sacral joints, hip joints, knees, ankles, big toe joints, and finger joints. Please believe me when I say I am not feeling well today, because a lot of times I cannot break through the multiple assaults to find any sort of silver lining. You wouldn't know through all of this I have been working hard to eat well and exercise this year. You wouldn't know I have really tried and lost 57 lbs this year.

    This is my life, this is my struggle. Please let's support each other, and consider how it feels to be in each other's place.

    Ashira @ashira

    My Experience Receiving a De Quervain's Tenosynovitis Diagnosis

    “It’s not broken,” the doctor said. “I don’t see why your hand hurts you so much if it’s not broken.” I was sitting in the doctor’s office, and as I heard his words, my mind began to wonder. What was wrong with me? I felt the pain in my hand, I couldn’t write and I couldn’t grip things. Nothing about the situation made sense. I was so confused. I began to think back to when it all started, the car accident. It was a warm, spring day — Friday, May 14, 2010, to be exact. Little did I know that on this lovely afternoon, my greatest challenge would begin. I was walking into Costco with my mother. Within seconds I felt the impact that would change everything. As I walked across the parking lot into the entrance, I was struck by a car from the right side. Miraculously, I didn’t fall or get run over, but the car’s entire force and weight hit my right hand. The ambulance came and I was taken to the hospital. At the hospital, the doctor told me I had a scaphoid fracture and she put my hand in splint, but the pain was persistent. A few days after the accident, I went to an orthopedist at the hospital to get fitted for a cast. Little did I know that my injury would turn out to be far more complicated than a simple fracture. About two months later, I went back to the doctor and they removed the cast so they could take a MRI of my hand. The MRI results did not show any muscle or nerve damage in my hand. According to the MRI report, my hand was “absolutely normal.” The only explanation the doctors had for my persistent pain in my hand was that I was “overreacting.” Hearing those words made my blood boil. How could my hand be OK? I knew there was something wrong, and I knew I had to be strong and keep pushing the doctors for answers. I knew this wasn’t a typical situation, and it was going to be hard on me. Only as recently as 2014, I went to a different doctor in the orthopedic surgery and musculoskeletal services department. He was the only doctor who gave the true diagnosis of my injury. I had what’s called De Quervain’s tenosynovitis in my right hand. It’s an injury and inflammation of the tendons, and if left alone it would’ve be a problem that I would have for the rest of my life. A photo of the author’s right hand and wrist Right after I finished my junior year of high school, last June, I had the surgery. The surgery was successful, and since then I’ve been having physical therapy to gain back full use of my hand. I still have some occasional bad days. Although it’s been a year, my hand is still healing, but soon I won’t have to worry anymore about my hand hurting when I write. I have finally been able to conquer the struggle I’ve had for nearly eight years. From that young age of only 13, I developed real perseverance, in a time when it was the most difficult thing for me to do. I pushed through the doctors’ words repeating in my head, telling me my pain couldn’t be real and didn’t make any medical sense. I found deep-rooted confidence not only in myself, but more importantly in what I knew was the truth. I pushed for what I knew was right, until I got to the doctor who finally gave me the correct diagnosis. My accident and the injuries that followed has had a huge impact on me. As I look back now, five years ago I would have never imagined that getting hit by a car in middle school would lead to a self-actualized development of this magnitude. I believe that despite the pain and the struggle, the accident allowed me to find strengths within my character that I did not know I had. I persevered through all of the voices telling me I was wrong, when I knew I was right. We want to hear your story. Become a Mighty contributor here . Thinkstock image by Cherries JD