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My Wrist Hurts!

Filed under: Rants

The wrist now appears to be recovering a little – thanks to two physiotherapy sessions per week – but I’m appalled by how much functionality I have lost.

In order for a hand grip to be classed as “functional”, it needs to be able to exert a pressure of 6kg. 4kgs, at the very outside. When my left hand grip was initially assessed, I managed a measly 2kg once and 1kg the rest of the time. No wonder I didn’t want to drive anywhere!

After 5 days of continious exercise, I’ve increased this to between 6kg and 8kg but, in order to match the right hand, I need to double that plus a bit.

The physiotherapists have suggested a stress ball or similar to try and increase my strength. I was tempted to suggest the neck of the registrar who gave me the ‘bad’ injection in the first place but settled for a bead-filled juggling ball in the interests of (temporary) patient-doctor diplomacy.

Flexibility-wise, there was some initial some improvement in wrist movement but I only have about half the mobility of the right wrist at best. Current exercise sessions involve applying pressure to the hand to try and ‘force’ the wrist to bend further – which is painful, to say the least. A couple of sessions per day and the entire wrist becomes so painful that even the weight of a light sweater sleeve hurts and an uninterrupted night’s sleep becomes something to wish for rather than actually attain – despite some heavy duty painkillers.

So far, no one has suggested an X-ray to check whether I’m now having to deal with the after-effects of septic arthritis. My guess is that the medics concerned would rather not know. Excuses thus far have ranged from:

“I’ve never had this happen in 30 years of practising medicine”


“In very rare cases, it is possible to have a localised reaction to a steriod injection”.

My reaction to the first was that the keyword here might be “practising”

As for the second theory, I’d very much like to see the allergic reaction that presents with ‘tracking’ and responds so quickly to antibiotics. And as someone with qualifications and experience in immunology, this is something I know a little bit about.

Published: December 6th 2005