Today I had my second scan on my wrist. The last scan was in January. It showed I had a Ganglion Cyst (Albert) that was 11mm long by 6mm wide. The doctor told me that it would go away on it’s own.
Since then I have been back to see my GP 4 times. 4!
On the 3rd occassion I was told by the GP that they could remove the cyst, but they generally don’t do that procedure anymore due to NHS cost cutting.
On the 4th time I saw a new GP. Not new to Medicine, but new to my Practice. He was lovely. He examined me, and referred me for another scan and also to a Rheumatologist. I had the scan today, and I’m seeing a consultant on the 7th February. He also advised that the pain I had been feeling was unlikely to be from the Cyst, but rather sounded like it could be Tendonitits.
For the last 5 days, I’ve had nothing but pain in my wrist. Regular pain meds don’t seem to be making a dent in the pain. The pain is worse when I use my hand (it being my dominant hand means I use it all the time!) and now moves up the outside of my forearm and into my elbow.
I call the GP. Talk to him on the phone. He says it sounds a lot like Tendonitis, and basically says that’s what is it, prescribes me some lovely stronger pain meds and says see you in a week to discuss the scan.
Fast forward to scan. The technician was great. He explained everything he was doing and talked me through the entire procedure. Just out of curiousity I asked him to check the median nerve was ok (in case the pain was from the lump pressing on it) and it was fine. Very close to the cyst, but on top, rather than underneath it and looking pretty healthy. I then ask him to check my tendons. This guy goes out of his way to scan the tendons where the pain is, and says, they look perfectly fine to me, nice and shiny (I have shiny tendons!). I asked him if the pain could be Tendonitis, and he says No, simply because the tendons aren’t inflamed.
So now I am back to square one. I still have a stupid ganglion cyst, that hasn’t gone away at all despite what my doctor said, and that hasn’t really shrank either, and I still have the pain.
I still get pins and needles in my hand, and weakness and numbness.
If the Rheumatologist comes up with nothing, then I haven’t a clue.
In the meantime, have a look at a scan of a ganglion cyst. It’s the black blob. I have one and it’s called Albert.
Posted by becca on December 30th, 2010 :: Filed under Life