I realized that not everyone who visits my blog is following me on social media, and not everyone who follows me on Instagram or Facebook is visiting the blog. I feel like I’ve talked about my wrist so much lately but perhaps I haven’t actually mentioned much about it here. I know I talk about my wrist a lot IRL (in real life) because well it effects my day-to-day and as it bothers me it’s impossible to ignore it.
To give you a little backstory, about a month before Mason was born I started experiencing pain in my right wrist. It wasn’t too bad but as time went on it continued to worsen. I was told that it was due to hormonal changes from pregnancy and to not worry, it would go away shortly after he was born. Well, it didn’t. In fact, a little while after Mason was born my left wrist started to get the same pains as my right wrist.
I happen to be one in a small percentage of women who don’t heal after giving birth. Mason is 21 months old now and I’ve had to deal with wrist pain all this time. He keeps growing, getting taller, more mobile, and is gaining weight like any healthy toddler should which exasperated the problem. I did two rounds of cortisone shots last year, in both wrists, to see if that would help. It seems to have worked on my right wrist which ironically was the one that hurt the most when starting the cortisone shots. But my left wrist just kept getting worse and worse.
I started going to hand therapy at the beginning of this year to see if that would help. Unfortunately, it did not. So after going to see a therapist and seeing no progress I was referred to a hand/wrist specialist in town. He recommended surgery. He reassured me the surgery is not invasive at all and the odds of a full recovery were about 99%. I was sold and decided to just go for it.
I had wrist surgery on my left wrist about three and a half weeks ago. And, I just had my first post-op wrist therapy appointment a few days ago. My wrist still hurts and it feels very weak. My range of motion has drastically decreased and so I have a ways to go before my wrist isn’t an issue for me anymore. I am feeling good about the new hand therapist I have and just hope I can build my mobility and my strength up enough to start back to my workouts. It’s hard when you can’t hold a plank or do rounds of pushups because your wrist is hurting so much you feel it could snap.
For a while, I use to say that maybe I should just break my wrist that way it could get fixed! Justin knew I was joking and so did I but at the same time a small part of me really thought, what if? Could it possibly be more painful than what I’m currently experiencing? I thought not. Because instead, I had two tendons enflamed enough that the ligament holding them together was putting too much pressure on them. This pressure essentially is what caused the pain. I hope I’m explaining that correctly and not giving out misinformation, but that’s what I recall the wrist specialist and my surgeon saying. The tendons are inflamed and therefore enlarged and the ligament is constricting them.
So for the surgery itself, my surgeon went in and cut the ligament essentially freeing my two tendons. She told me that I had an extra ligament wrapping around my wrist and that could be another reason that I was experiencing so much pain. So she cut through both before closing my incision back up. The mark that I have right now is really small and hopefully after my therapy sessions are over it will be even less noticeable.
So for now, I’m still in a bit of discomfort and when I hold Mason it does still hurt. I feel like my wrist is just super sensitive and I don’t think that the fact my range of motion is small is helping me any. When I’m holding Mason I know my wrist is being bent but it’s almost impossible to hold him on my right side all day long. I also feel it most when I’m putting him into his carseat as my wrist always gets tweaked no matter how hard I try to keep it straight.
So there you have it, for those of you who have been asking either IRL, via DM, or a comment on a picture I posted with my splint. I so appreciate you stopping by the blog today and for reading my post all the way through (if you made it down this far). Thank you!!
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