Wrist surgery for tumor, cyst

Has anyone else had surgery post R.A., MCTD or Psoriatic Arthritis diagnosis?

I may be headed that direction.

I have had a small tumor/cyst in my wrist for at least a year now. They have tried steroid injections right next to it and have tried aspirating it several times with a needle with no luck.

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Above is a photo about 3 hours after a steroid injection and aspiration. The knot never got and smaller than this and is at least twice this size now.

Here’s a photo a couple of days later:

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And here is about last week:

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In the photo above you can see where the swelling has extended, which is how it has been for months.

Ok … now here is a photo of both hands so as to show you a comparison.

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My rheumy upped my dosage of methotrexate from 6 pills to 8 pills (take all at once) and I am still on my Enbrel injections along with Gabapentin (3 pills a day) for nerve damage from the shingles. Also still on medication for my Hashimoto’s and take Vitamin D (prescription strength) and Folic acid.

Sometimes I feel like I’m on the meds regimenĀ of a 90-year-old.

Anyways –

I’ll keep this post short and plan to blog after my appointment with the orthopedic surgeon.

They plan to do an MRI or CT scan or X-ray — or whatever it is they do — when I go in.

I joke because my specialist has now referred me to a specialist. sigh.

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The knot has caused my left hand to swell and it feels as if it’s pushing against a nerve that’s shooting pain all the way up my left arm. At times, the area directly above it and underneath my thumb is blue as if it isn’t getting good circulation.

My appointment with the hand surgeon is next Friday.

Next Tuesday I have an appointment with my sister’s doctor who takes a holistic approach. I plan to talk to him about my wrist, but a slew of other symptoms I’m dealing with too. I’ve been waiting for months to get in.

To top it off, I’m fighting off a bug today. Really sore throat, migraines and now feeling feverish. I may be headed to the doc even sooner than next week. Hoping my immune system can somehow fight this off without making me flare too bad.

Until next time friends,

~allie

 

About Autoimmune allie

I love my work. I also love the following things: God, my boys, my family, dogs, writing, photography, reading (a bit of a lit geek actually), cooking, being outdoors, hiking, fishing, film, music, Spotify, beards, tattoos, board games, TV (also a TV geek), Netflix, pajamas, blankets, polar bears, art, food. I dislike these things: elevators, heights, unclear water, bridges. I also have multiple autoimmune diseases that cause all sorts of issues for me in my daily life. That's what this blog is about. Living the day-to-day with more than six (combined) autoimmune disorders. I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Fibromyalgia, Celiac Disease, Palindromic rheumatism and Mixed Connective Tissue Disorder (MCTD is an overlap of three autoimmune diseases including lupus, scleroderma and polymyositis). I have also been diagnosed with autoimmune vasculitis and adult onset asthma. Due to my physical ailments I sometimes struggle with generalized anxiety, PTSD, depression and panic disorder. I guess that's about it. Thanks for reading my blog and hoping it brings some comfort and joy to others who suffer from autoimmune disorders!! God Bless!
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3 Responses to Wrist surgery for tumor, cyst

  1. Ana w says:

    Hi Allie,
    Glad to see you posting. I had surgery about 4 yrs ago for a cyst under my ring finger. Got to the point where I couldn’t grab or hold anything with my left hand because of the pain. Happy to say that all has been well with my hand since then. Wish I could say the same for the rest of me. If you don’t mind me asking why did the doctor put you on the Gabapentin? I just got on it myself, prescribed by my neurologist for my migraines. Still waiting for it to start working.
    Good luck with the surgery if that’s where you’re headed.
    Warm hug,
    Ana

  2. dpb27 says:

    Hi Allie,
    Hope the bug clears up soon. I will be praying for you and hope things work out with the doctor appointments. I can empathize about the medications. I feel tike I am at the pharmacy all the time! Take care, Danya

  3. Hi Ana. I was put on Gabapentin for nerve damage from a bout with Shingles that I just couldn’t shake. I have heard it also works well for migraines, so hoping you’re finding some relief. The downside is it makes me tired and I just don’t have time for that.
    Danya — thank you. I am feeling better now. It can be exhausting taking so many meds and I’m hoping to eventually switch over to mainly vitamins. (one day). :)

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