April 14, 2014
(warning medical topic)
I don't normally mention medical issues on my Blog, but the terminology the hand specialist mentioned seems humorous in an odd way and I thought maybe some of my blogger friends had dealt with "Trigger Finger" and could give me some feedback on what they did to resolve this annoying, at times painful, condition. It certainly curtails cutting with scissor or the rotary cutter. I really didn't realize how important Miss Pinkie is when quilting.
In December the doctor injectected cortisone at the base of right little finger tendon-- Miss Pinkie is the Trigger Finger! :o) She just curls up and does not want to move up, and when she does Miss Pinkie sounds like "snap, crackle, pop"!
It did improve a lot after December, but I think removing all the sewing room stuff and perhaps holding the paint brush, sorting and placing stuff back into the sewing room--- and now dealing with the weeds that grow in leaps and bounds each day may have irritated Miss Pinkie to the point that I needed to see doctor for another cortisone injection today to relieve some of triggering. Mornings and evening are the worst.
He suggested surgery if this injection did not help--- of course I would like to avoid surgery if at all possible.
I wonder if acupuncture would be helpful, or special hand exercises. Splint or gloves? Hand massage or physical therapy?