I just realized I never posted about my recent surgery. Long ago, I posted the following on Instagram:
Had to get my hand drained again 🙁 no good news about the extent if damage to my fingers etc. dr is surprised I keep coming up negative for RA.
This image was from the third time I got a fluid sack on my right hand drained. After having pumpkin, I ended up with these fluid cysts, on both hands and on my foot. The ones on my foot and left hand went away, but the right hand persisted. We would drain it and then four days later it would be back. Finally my doctor said it was time to remove it.
The official diagnosis is a synovial cyst. We aren’t sure what caused it but it appeared after I had pumpkin. The doctor says it’s possible that it could have happened because the IV was in my hand four days after I had pumpkin or maybe there was some trauma with the IV, but we aren’t sure. As a precaution all future IVs will be in my arm (as was the case for this surgery).
The surgery was outpatient and was about an hour. I was pretty scared about the whole thing to be honest. Spending the morning trying to put this in perspective compared to what other people go through. I remember getting the IV, going into the surgery room and telling the Anesthesiologist that the drugs weren’t taking. Next thing I know I’m in the recovery room with my family and my hand looked like the image below (this a few days after surgery).
Five hour nap and still in pain. 🙁
The hardest part has been Physical Therapy. It’s amazing how quickly you lose range of motion and the ability to do anything. I still can’t drive or lift anything. I can barely dress myself and for the first few weeks, my mom gave me baths. It was tough. Thankfully we have a great support system that has been here for all of us.
I’m still healing, but trying to get back to normal life. Any tips for dealing with Physical Therapy pain? Or what happens as you are trying to get movement/ability back in your hands? I can’t lift anything. I tried lifting Pumpkin using my arm…not my hand, and it was super painful. I definitely have a way to go before I’m at 100%.
The most unexpected side affect of the surgery is that my overall swelling has gone down! It may not last, but I’ve had no arthritis type symptoms since the surgery! Throughout my entire body! It’s the weirdest thing and like I said could be attributed to getting more sleep, eating better and less overall stress but right now, it’s a pleasant side affect!
Here’s to another week of Physical Therapy! Have to get that hand moving!