And now, my left hand.
After a single comes a sequel. After a sequel, comes a trilogy. I didn’t know what came after a trilogy, I had to Google it for myself. After a trilogy, a tetralogy.
A Tetralogy is a four-part series, and considering this ganglion cyst saga is never ending, a five-part series is called a pentalogy just so we know ahead of time.
So, for a quick timeline, I have had:
- Fall – Jan 2016
- Hand Braces – July 2016
- Steroid shots on both wrists – Sept 2016
- Swelling on Left began – April 2017
- MRI & X-ray on Left – June/July 2017
- Aspirated Ganglion Cyst – Nov 13, 2017
- Ganglionectomy # 1 – Jan 30, 2018
- MRI – Left Wrist – Return of Lumpy – February 16, 2018
- MRI – Left Wrist – March 22, 2018
- Ganglionectomy #2 — April 24, 2018
- MRI – Left Wrist – Return of Lumpy – September 10, 2018
- Ganglionectomy #3 – October 29, 2018
- Return of Lumpy & Bumpy – January 2019
- MRI on Left – June 29, 2019
- X-Rays on Right – TBD
I fell on my hands in January of 2016 and ended up tearing a ligament in my left hand. This tear went unnoticed, I thought nothing of the bruising and never had it checked. We didn’t even know any damage had happened until my wrist started to cause some pain with movement and we began the basics of treatment.
Note that I was under the impression I would only be in the brace for 3 months but I do not have another appointment with him until August, around 6 months in a brace this time.
The doctor also mentioned the thinned skin around my incision site and wrist. Because of the previous steroid shots and surgery trauma, wearing a brace and losing muscle, the skin is thin and the fatty tissue around it is nonexistent. The specialist even mentioned fat injections for the wrist and incising the cyst vertically instead of horizontally this time, but we will discuss that after he reviews my MRI imaging.
Ganglionectomy Surgery # 3
Ganglionectomy Surgery #2
Ganglionectomy Surgery #1
Initial Fall Bruising 2016
For surgery #3, there are seven stitches instead of the usual four, like in surgery #1 and surgery #2. This surgery was by far my worst and most painful.
During my time with these hand issues, the appointments kind of went from wrist to wrist, depending on which was causing the most problems at the time.
Now, my right wrist. My right wrist was the original reason I ever scheduled with primary care and got referrals to occupational therapy and the musculoskeletal clinics.
My right wrist was the original reason I ever scheduled with primary care and got referrals to occupational therapy and the musculoskeletal clinics. I’ve been diagnosed with carpal tunnel and De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, as I always fail the Finkelstein test no matter how many times they ask me to do it, which is at every appointment.
Tendonitis and carpal tunnel perhaps, however, once the ganglion cysts appeared, this right-hand pain got put on the back burner and with time, it has grown to be my strong wrist (a la Scary Movie line ‘Lemme use my strong hand’).
With time, this hand has somewhat gained strength and has not necessarily caused issues past the steroid injections. Come this week, however, some of the original pains have begun again, causing severe pain in the “snuff box” area of my right wrist. Turning doorknobs, picking up coffee, any movement that extends my wrist sends pain up my arm.
So, in addition to seeing this specialist to discuss the MRI and Lumpy and Bumpy on my left wrist, I have x-rays scheduled for my right to be discussed with him, too. At first, when I scheduled this new addition, I was laughing at myself at having to see two different doctors for two different hands. This is ridiculous.
Let’s hope I do not need surgery on the right wrist.
Or else, cut them both off at the elbow and I’ll be alright.
We shall see.
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