Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Opposable thumbs

I can move my thumbs again! Hurray! This is awesome!

For around two weeks I've had tendonitis around my thumbs. It's caused by the swelling of the tissues in the hand which is caused by the pregnancy. For the most part it didn't bother me except that (gasp!) I haven't been able to knit for a while. But then it got to the point where simple tasks like opening a door with a doorknob or pouring milk from a gallon jug or emptying the dishwasher had me whimpering.

So I was willing to try anything. I've tried heat and ice. I've tried thumb immobilizers. Nothing was really helping. On a whim, I called my chiropractor to see if he could help.

Now I've had great success with him with regards to back and neck alignment. But I didn't really think he could help with tendonitis. Boy was I wrong!

He cracked several vertebra in my neck, popped my thumbs and wrists joints several times, and finished with a massager/thumper up and down my thumb and wrists. And now I can move my thumbs!

There's still some swelling and popping and a bit of pain but I can actually move my thumbs in a circle again. I celebrated by knitting five rows on a baby blanket (that I've been working on forever!). I wish you could see me smile!

[34w, 2d]


Dee said...

Yeah!!! Glad you're able to get back to knitting!

Melissa said...

Glad your feeling better! It's funny how you don't realize how much you use something (like your thumb) until you can't use it anymore.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you're feeling better. It's me again, Lone Star Californian's wife. I have a question -- have you ever heard any cracking coming from your abdomen (upper or lower)? My wife has now twice...we're not sure if it's her ribs or her back but it's funky. Not painful just...interesting. We're going to ask the doctor about it next Tuesday.

How cool that Kylie and Emma will be born around the same time :)

Ethan Barry's Momma said...

So glad that your pain is decreased. I remember trying to get pain relief from my chiro without success when I was preggo, so I'm glad it worked for you. :)

Dee said...

Thank you for your comments, positive thoughts and prayers. I love following you guys and it brings a smile to my face knowing you are also thinking about us and helping fuel the positive energy we need to get through this.

SassyFemme said...

I never would have thought about calling a chiropractor for tendonitis. Glad you were able to get some pain relief!

Anonymous said...

If it gets worse again, get the braces people wear when they have carpal tunnel. I had terrible pain in my hands when I was pregnant and the braces helped a lot.