Tenosyno-what? My First Time at the Chiropractor

My cool 'splint'

Turns out I have tenosynovitis.

From Wikipedia (that font of knowledge, ha):

Tenosynovitis is the inflammation of the fluid-filled sheath (called the synovium) that surrounds a tendon. Symptoms of tenosynovitis include pain, swelling and difficulty moving the particular joint where the inflammation occurs.

Not long after I started messing with the upstairs bathroom, my wrist began ‘snapping’ — an extremely unpleasant sensation that happened only if I turned my wrist a certain way.

Right before having Baby Frugalista, my right wrist started to hurt, and after her birth, I had some nasty carpal tunnel going on. That lasted until the majority of the swelling went down (now, if only I could get rid of the rest of this swelling — er, I mean, chub). I had about a 6-week reprieve before a new-but-similar pain started. I first noticed it during the night, when I woke up after feeling like a tendon in my wrist was ‘stuck’ – then, one I rotated the wrist some more, it snapped back into place.

It’s an extremely unpleasant, ugly feeling. And worsened by my sleeping position of choice — I wind up sleeping with my arm and hand behind my head.

My father-in-law suggested a visit to his longtime chiropractor. I’d never been to one before, so I was skeptical at first. But now that I’ve gone through two weeks of muscle stimulation and ultrasound treatment, the swelling and pain have started to dissipate. I’ve also had to wear a rigid splint at night, ice my wrist 2-3 times a day, and hold or feed the baby using my left hand.

The chiropractor, whom I see on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, always sends me off with a neato ‘splint’ made of kinesiology tape, which works pretty well for daytime support.

Hopefully, once this tenosynovitis heals, it won’t recur. Because I’ll be REALLY unhappy if it does.

Threats will keep it away — right?

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