Don’t you start!

As I have said before I’m a wheelchair user because of joint problems and pain in my legs, I used good old NHS crutches for many years and caused some damage to my shoulders and hands, this hasn’t been a problem since I stopped using crutches.

Yesterday my right wrist was very painful and then my right wrist decided it looked like fun and joined in! I have been treating my right hand with hot paraffin wax over the past few days because of problems with my thumb and so getting from bed to wheelchair and wheelchair to settee and to the toilet has been a little more interesting. Last night ended up with me struggling to use my hands for anything other than light tasks and then my shoulders also started to play up, now I’m not sure if this was a snowball effect withered one joining in as the other went, right wrist painful so more pressure on left and then using upper body in different way to transfer and so shoulders flared up?

What I do know is that it has scared me, what if this became a permanent problem? How would I cope being that disabled?
This morning my wrists are still painful, my 6 month old grandson is on our bed and I can’t pick him up because of the pain and they are weak. It makes me realise that my lower half disability isn’t the end of the world, its not great but it could be a whole lot worse.

4 thoughts on “Don’t you start!”

  1. I have a lot of leg issues too from RA and pain from FMS (and RA). I’ve had the same experience overusing my shoulders and hands. Sometimes it’s most helpful to rest them as much as you can for a few days. I know it’s hard when your hands are your only functional joints, but it does make a positive impact for me so I thought I’d suggest it.

    Good luck in your quest.

    1. Thank-you Rebekah, I know you’re right but I’m not very good at listening to my body and resting. I’m going to have to try though, I can’t afford to cause more problems. 🙂

  2. I completely share that fear with you. It’s so frustrating when you try to avoid the worst areas of pain by using other muscles, too much – then they begin to over-compensate and decide they don’t want to be left out so join in with the pain… I hope your wrist pain is just a flare up and doesn’t last long…

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