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Swollen left wrist for three months - no diagnosis

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  • Posted By: Smiles2013
  • November 21, 2013
  • 06:43 PM

Hi all,

I'm hoping some of you can help. I'm a relatively healthy 35 year old female. I have an under active thyroid that I take cytomel for. Over the past six years, I haven't felt like myself. It seems I wake up every morning sluggish. I'm super stressed with school. Over the past four years, I've gained over 25 pounds despite going to the gym and eating relatively a healthy diet. If anything I don't eat enough.

Three months ago, I woke up with the most brutal pain in my left wrist. Went to the ER, explained that this just happened. Told the docs that I was complaining to family doc that I was having problems riding my bike as both wrist wou be killing me (starting six months ago). She dismissed it as age.

At the ER, I had an X-ray done the second visit, missed a fracture and called back in for a cast. When I saw the orthopaedic surgeon, he said it was an old fracture and this can't be causing my inflammation and pain. No cast. I demanded it a month later and he had it on me for two weeks with no relief. My RA factor is elevated, has been for the past eight years so he sent me to a RA specialist as he's sure this is rhemautology but the RA doc said I haven't hit enough markers for a diagnosis. My problem is that he only looked at my wrist, didn't want to know about my past history, especially this past year when I've been experiencing the most pain all over. In January, my thumbs felt like a carpet burn for six weeks. I couldn't ride longer than an hour in the car due to pain. This summer, I was basically living off Advil and Tylenol for body pain especially the back. I'm also a migraine sufferer.

The orthopaedic surgeons (2 opinions now) both suggest this is something the RA has to deal with but all he wants to do is shoot me with cortisone, which I won't let him. I want to know what is wrong. I'm able to move my hand and fingers now after a lot of supplements and therapy but its been three months and I'm still limited and cannot type on the keyboard.

Please, does anyone have any feedback for me. I don't want this to get worse.


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