Monday, I noticed my left wrist was aching. I thought, maybe I'd slept wrong so I ignored it...until I couldn't ignore it anymore. Yesterday, I woke up and my wrist was swollen, I couldn't rotate my hand and my arm hurt all the way up to my shoulder. I don't remember banging it or falling, but there was definitely something going on. So, after having my blood drawn for my weekly labs I walked over to the Orthopedics clinic at Duke for advice. I expected they'd tell me to go to the emergency room. Fortunately, lady luck was on my side and the nurse I spoke with got me right in to see the PA on duty. After a thorough exam and x-rays, it was determined that I either have a stress fracture or some serious soft tissue damage. The stress fracture doesn't show up on an x-ray, so the course of treatment is 2 weeks in a removable splint, anti-inflammatory drugs and pain meds as needed. If there's no change, I'll have an MRI that would show the stress fracture. So, what caused this? Possibly the steroids I took throughout my chemotherapy. Oy!
Typing isn't that easy, so I'm taking a short break from blogging. I'll write more when I'm compelled or my wrist stops hurting.