Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Neurology Appointment

So I went to a Neurologist this past week because of my thighs going numb after walking or standing a longer periods of time. I have also been having horrible pain in my arms as well as numbness in my hands and fingers. I have had this for years in my hands, since the 80's and was diagnosed with Carpel Tunnel in my right arm. I had a steroid shot back then and never did anymore about it. Well now it is interfering with my crocheting and I can't let that happen.

So now he has done all the testing and I have severe Carpel Tunnel in both arms as well as a bad case of Restless leg syndrome. He has put me on Mirapex for the legs and I have been on it all week and it seems to be working well with no side affects. As for the arms, I go back on the 29th for a shot in each wrist and if that does not help then we will do surgery on both arms at the same time.

Sigh... that is my news for the day. Not so bad, it could be worse. I am blessed and happy and that is all that matters.

Hope you all have a beautiful day! *HUGS*

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

We will pray you don't need surgery but if it is Jehovah's plan for you to have it then so be it. I know that it will certainly make your life easier to live without pain. I love you and will keep you in my prayers.

Sandie said...

I hope the shots and the meds do the trick. I also read on I think it was Ravelry about a trick to help with carpal tunnel. I will have to find it - as I remember it, you fill a sink with ice water and put the injured part in that for a few seconds at a time over a period of time. Perhaps an hour. I'm not sure. The PT who posted it said it has saved people from having the surgery. I know I have not been much help. I'll have to find that original info.

Sandie said...

Scarlet, if you are on RAvelry, this is the post
http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/crafting-with-carpal-tunnel/181343/1-25#7

Here is what he said:
Fill up your kitchen sink with water. Then put frozen water bottles into it. Then, over the course of a two hour period, dip your entire forearm into the water, covering everything up and over the elbow.

Dip for 5 seconds. 5 seconds only.

Over the course of the two hours, dip a minimum of 10 times.

If you are in severe pain, dip more than 10 times. As you are making dinner, when a commercial comes on, every 100 stitches, whatever. Just keep coming back to it.

Do this diligently for the next 7 days.

If you are using an icepack now, upgrade to an ice dip.