I wish this post was about my blazing guns..my killer biceps…my Popeye arms. Sadly it’s not. The only thing killer about my arms right now is a fierce bout of tendinitis.
Back in January, I wrote about my postpartum aches and pains (see Jan 7, “War Wounds”) I mentioned a pain in my wrist that I assumed was carpal tunnel syndrome. Months later the pain has worsened. That fiery burn at the base of my thumb has led to a gnawing pain in my forearm. It is almost unbearable when I first wake up in the morning. At times I can’t move my wrist and at other times it “cracks” under pressure. Not fun.
After ruling out the possibility of arthritis, my family physician diagnosed it as tendinitis. His prescription? “Don’t use that hand”. Um, does he know my infant daughter needs to be carried around? His advice left me totally unsatisfied. I had to leave with a better solution so I purchased a wrist brace the pharmacy on my way out. Literally retail therapy, LOL. Turns out the brace restricted my hand movement so much that it was too impractical to wear at home every day.
Just when I’d resigned to live with the pain, an angel named Rhonda came to my aid. I call her an angel but her actual title is Registered Massage Therapist. I had booked my mommy group friends a relaxing spa afternoon at Sunny Mummy Where childcare is part of their service. Amen. I would have been very happy with 30 minutes of knot-alleviating neck, back and shoulder rubbing. I was beyond happy when Rhonda offered me actual solutions for my arm and wrist pain. For $60 I left with a treasure chest of advice and an aggressive arm massage that felt like heaven.
Per Rhonda’s advice, I now do daily stretches to help lengthen the tight inflamed tendons that run through my forearms. I use the frozen peas my daughter won’t eat as an ice pack. I try to alternate arms more when holding the little princess. Oh, and I’m wearing that almost forgotten wrist guard as I type. Now if only I had a better benefit plan. I would visit that registered heavenly goddess each week!
Once again, I will save you from a lengthy and unqualified anatomy lesson. But I will let you know this. Based on what I’ve read, tendinitis is thought to be an overuse injury. That means as long as I have to repeatedly lift and hold my daughter, I probably wouldn’t see any relief from this problem. In fact, it could just continue to get worse. I’m in danger of it affected my grip. God forbid it impair my ability to hold a barbell!
All kidding aside, I’m definitely not keen on having this problem plague me for months to come. I am again reminded of the benefits of supplementary care. Doctors do fabulous work, but sometimes it’s the RMTs, physiotherapists and chiropractors who seem armed with the best methods of care.
Have you experienced problems as a result of all the baby-carrying ? How have you managed the pain?