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« Reply #90 on: September 08, 2012, 07:05:00 PM »

Leslie, I feel so bad for you!  I can only imagine how frustrated and discouraged you must feel.  Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers, as well as your family.  You have such strength, I admire you so much.  Anytime you need to vent, we are all here for you.  Please keep us posted what you find out next. 
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« Reply #91 on: September 08, 2012, 08:35:28 PM »

Holy smokes.  I'm just seeing this now. 

The best thing about it all is that you know what's going on.  When you know what's going on, you can do something about it or know you'll need to accept it .. at least it's moving forward.

I'm sending many good wishes and hope all these various things will be behind everyone as soon as possible!
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« Reply #92 on: September 09, 2012, 06:22:51 AM »

Thanks everyone ! I see the hand surgeon on Tuesday. Will let you know what he says, but since its already been 3 months with no improvement I'm afraid surgery is in my future as well as DH's.
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« Reply #93 on: September 11, 2012, 03:52:57 PM »

Well I have good news & bad news. The good is I don't have to have surgery ! Smiley The bad is that's because they can't fix where the tear is. The hand surgeon doesn't think most of my symptoms are from the tear & bites though, he wants to do an EMG [nerve test]. He suspects that the infection caused existing arthritis to turn into carpel tunnel & aggravated an existing ganglion cyst. Also that the muscle inflammation is a reaction to the infection & that's causing the pain into my upper arm & shoulder. So same old same old, no answers & more tests !  Angry He does think cortisone shots will help the pain in my wrist & thumb from the tear. Infectious disease released me so I can schedule the shots after the EMG. Got my RA factor test back, it's high normal. Have to call rheumatology tomorrow. Still hoping its RA & not the Lupus becoming active. On the bright side ,DH's floaters moved & he can see 75% better in his right eye ! So if needed he can see to shoot me now  Roll Eyes. I'm getting a little fed up with feeling like a pin cushion & test subject ! Wink It's been 3 1/2 months & I think by now they could diagnose & fix this.  Infectious disease was positive though, she said if it was rabies we would know by now  Tongue.
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« Reply #94 on: September 11, 2012, 04:33:16 PM »

Very glad that no surgery is in your near future, and that DH can see better!  I'm hoping that once they get the inflammation calmed down, everything else will settle down too.
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« Reply #95 on: September 11, 2012, 04:43:54 PM »

Glad that you won't need surgery, but sorry that you still don't have the answers you need! YIKES!!!
Guess you will need to be patient a bit longer . . .
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« Reply #96 on: September 11, 2012, 05:44:11 PM »

Good about not needing surgery, but I second the yipes on the still-not-having-answers...although the doctor's theory about the infection seems logical. Glad that your DH can see better.
My DH gets cortisone shots mainly in his back and shoulder, but the stuff works well. I hope if you do end up having this shot after the EMG you will have good results too.
Sending prayers from here.
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« Reply #97 on: September 11, 2012, 08:14:23 PM »

Glad to hear that you and DH don't need surgery. But sorry that you still don't know what is causing the pain. Has anyone mentioned the possibility of gout to you yet. I say this because I know someone who was having lots of pain all over her body and hands, feet, arms etc. Her doctor just today said that she has gout throughout all of her body. The Dr put her on an anti-inflamitory drug yesterday before the results of her tests came back. My friend says that she could feel the swelling going down soon after she took the first pill. Sorry I don't know the name of it. But I'm so glad that she is feeling much better than she did yesterday morning when she told me she felt like her whole body was 'broken', and was in so much pain she couldn't even speak without studdering her words.

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« Reply #98 on: September 12, 2012, 04:42:43 AM »

The gout test was negative. The diclofenac does keep the swelling down & helps a lot,its just trying to use the left hand & arm gets very painful. Unfortunately I think they are right & its all just from the infection. I guess I just need to be patient & it will slowly get better. Will find out the 20th if DH still needs surgery.
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« Reply #99 on: September 12, 2012, 07:56:01 AM »

I am glad to hear that you don't need a surgery. With all this going on, surgery would be risky (last thing you need is another infection) and recovery very slow. Hope you'll feel better soon.

Also, try to eat more fish. omega-3 supplements in my experience do not work as well as eating fish.
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« Reply #100 on: September 12, 2012, 09:10:52 AM »

Argh, progress is so slow it's frustrating me for you, lesliek!  Prayers that your DH will improve without surgery, but sometimes, surgery is the better answer, kind of like sometimes it's better to break the bone than deal with the soft tissue damage.   Tongue
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« Reply #101 on: September 12, 2012, 01:45:14 PM »

So sorry Leslie, that you have everything going on at once like this. I've been in the midst of many medical storms myself over the years, when every family member had medical problems needing attention! Things do seem to settle out but it isn't easy while you wait for that to happen!

I am so glad you don't need surgery and I send hopes that your DH does not. And also that everything will resolve quickly with your hand and arm.

Everything else I hope can be managed and resolved successfully too. There is so much information out there from support groups as I'm sure you know.

Many blessings, thoughts, and prayers going out to you.
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« Reply #102 on: September 12, 2013, 04:10:28 PM »

Leslie,
I just now read this thread, don't know how I missed it up till now.
All I can say is OMG, over and over again.  As I read this entire thread, that's what I kept yelling out loud. OMG, OMG!!
The complexity of symptoms, the TESTS, the doctors!!!  STAGGERING really !!  I must say I am overwhelmed by what you have been going through! And all the diseases and conditions  ......  How can I ever complain about anything again!!  And I have been upset about my continually swollen glands!  I will never say another word about them!!

Yes, my Scoutie bit me really good at the end, he really clamped down and squeezed hard, two times hard, but I think he was delirious, and that was when I was rushing him to the vet at the end.  I had no problems though, it slowly got better.

PaEle gave me 15 stitches from several bites and clawings, a scary episode, (over the artery in the wrist, and back of my hand, still have a big scar across the artery in my wrist, son rushed me to the ER, with antibiotics and the doctor put me to bed for 2 weeks, and I stopped the antibiotics after 10 days because  they were making my head really weird, but that was the extent of it. I was obedient because the doctor said I could lose the use of my right hand. I could have had more stitches, but they wanted them far apart so it could drain being an animal bite.  Now I realize how LUCKY I was!!!  Who knew it could be this bad!!
That was nothing like what you have been going through.  You could write a book!!You certainly have my prayers.  You have been going through an unbelievably staggering experience.  
Bless you, bless you, and your husband too. Sending all the positive thoughts I can muster!!
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« Reply #103 on: September 13, 2013, 02:29:07 PM »

Leslie, I'm just checking in since I found your thread last evening.
I am hoping that today finds you feeling a little better, and that you are making progress with at least some of your symptoms, especially the pain.  You have my prayers that all this eases up soon.
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« Reply #104 on: September 13, 2013, 03:51:41 PM »

It's much better than it was last year ! The cortisone shot made a huge difference in my left arm & hand . They determined it was a combination of inflammation from the infected bite , torn ligament & it turned into DeQuertain's from lifting Trooper up . Basically the nerves go nuts from repetitive motions, either going numb or causing a lot of pain in the thumb & wrist . Lucky me , I got the pain  Tongue. I do have Lupus , but it's not active . They think the Rocky Mountain Spotted fever is gone . I take a lot of anti -inflammatories & use a lot of Arnica . I'm left with problems in both hands & feet & severe problems in my right leg & ankle. That's the knee Fragile blew out for me & the ankle I broke . Most of the time Ibuprofin or Aleve along with Arnica gel & Traumeel help . I'm taking Bromelain & Fish oil & Glucosamin/chondroiten/msm & trying anthing that helps with arthritis symptoms . Maybe it will improve with colder weather . I don't have time to lay around , so I just push through most of the symptoms . I have knee & ankle & wrist braces & use them when needed .
 I can't say enough good things about physical therapy helping ! Anyone with any balance or joint issues should really push their Dr to order it . It makes a world of difference in what you can still do .
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