Archive for the ‘Medical Issues’ Category

Steroids are not for androids

22 November 2011

So, hopefully today was the last visit to the doctor’s regarding my hands. I had steroid injections in both wrists in the hope that this will fix the nerves and I’ll be able to grip those handlebars without issue. I can grip them now but I still have a tingling feeling in six fingers and one thumb.

I have been told to expect pain tonight after the injection so need to be prepared with painkillers handy. As the doctor iced my hand up, I said, “Uh oh, freezing my hand means it is going to hurt.” She did not comment on that but asked me politely to look away. I did to a certain extent but looked back to see the serum being pumped into my hand. Nice! I did the same for the following hand too. She had asked if I only wanted one hand doing and the other hand when I came in next. I asked if I would be able to drive still and she said, “Yes.” I told her to do them both.

I got a warm fuzzy feeling in my little and ring fingers on my left hand and fuzzy feelings in my index and middle fingers on the right. They also felt unusually hot. Such a strange sensation.

Anyway, fingers crossed. I have to phone her in two weeks to let her know how I am getting on. Hopefully this fixes them as the only course of action left is surgery. I haven’t asked what is involved in that!!

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Electric shocks and needles

26 October 2011

So in this neverending quest to determine what is causing the tingling sensations in my fingertips, I went to an orthopaedic last week who then sent me for blood work and an EMG. I had the blood work done Monday morning after dropping Alma off at the train station. Three test tubes of blood was taken. I then went to the neurologist yesterday.

I was in the room for over an hour and they sent electric shocks through both my hands and forearms determining the locality of the problem. I was looking at the computer screen as they worked on my left hand and even though I saw lots of line charts, I had no idea how to interpret them and I had trouble seeing what they were seeing. I do remember thinking it looked like a nice GUI!

I soon got used to the electric shocks and my body no longer jumped each time I was zapped. Then the two of them went off to find the specialist. He came back and did some more electric zapping but did some lateral tests across my hands explaining to his two assistants how cyclists tend to have issues in places the general population wouldn’t. He asked if I had problems in my forearms, which I don’t, but I guess they must see a number of people using the tribars who have issues.

Then came the fun part. The needle!! The needle tests how the muscles work, or don’t work, in conjunction with the nerves. The first two piercings were not too bad but then he put the needle in the side of my palm running straight down from the little finger. That hurt. A lot! And when I had to work the little finger, it hurt even more. Moving on to the left hand, I was pleased when he did the side piercing first because when it was over, I knew there would be nothing as painful. By the time he had finished, I was beginning to feel a little feint. I know I have a high pain tolerance but that was pushing it. I for sure would crack if I was ever tortured.

So I have a follow up in the first week of November. In the meantime, I have been advised by the orthopaedic to stay off the bike, especially long rides. Does this mean I have done my last ever brevet series? Stay tuned…