Hand Update

I saw Dr. Bernstein last week to check my hand, and see if he had any ideas for the pain I’ve been feeling.

The appointment started right on time at New Mexico Orthopedics, I was checked in and my hand x-rayed. After a non-rushed, very thorough exam of each finger, action, movement, etc, Dr. Bernstein’s tests kept finding good news.

My hand, fingers and wrist are very strong. He found no broken bones, no nerve damage, no tendon damage. Possibly some chronic muscle soreness that could be helped with physical therapy, stretching, strength exercises and rest.

My best news: there is absolutely NO arthritis! He wished he had more he could say to help me, but he suggested rest, ice, and strengthening.

All good news! It was good to find out for sure what is NOT going wrong. Knowing that the tendons, bones and nerves are healthy, I feel more comfortable causing more pain with physical therapy and strengthening. Before, if my hand hurt more, I was afraid that I was causing more damage. This information is very liberating for me.

Now, just to keep resting, try a few massages to see if I recover in a decent amount of time.

Plans for my Hand

I want to keep you posted on my hand progress. I’m going to try many different routes to get my hand back to 100%, so maybe one of these therapies, stretches, remedies, medications or salves could help you with chronic pain. I’m trying to update my “Recommendations Page” to have all the numbers and contact info of those doctors and therapists I’m seeing.

Here is what I’m trying first:

1. Massage
2. Chiropractic
3. Rolfing
4. Accupuncture
5. MRI, Talk with a Hand Surgeon on June 7th

First, I saw my Chiropractor, Larry Marrich. 889-3333. I had a massage earlier in the day from my officemate, Sharon. Larry adjusted my neck, wrist, thumb and the rest of my back. He suggested a supplement to support my adrenals which he had there at his office. (I’ll look up the name) He also prepared some Homeopathic Hypericum for nerve pain/damage.

I also started taking Homeopathic “Ruta Grava” for ligament and tendon support.

Tomorrow I will see Robert Younger, a Rolfer, to see if he can break up the scar tissue around my tendons. I will post soon about how that went.

Thanks for your support and prayers.

Love
Ruth