I was recently diagnoised with HMS and since then it has been a steady downward spiral! Mainly the problems are my right hand and I think some of it has to do with my job. At the moment, The canteen I work in as a baker is very understaffed.. so, I've had a very rough last couple of weeks. Thankfully, The majority of the time I've been able to cope by taking 2 co-codamol and 2 ibuprofen every 4 hours but that just barely takes the edge off. But today was incredibly busy.. and I was doing two jobs at once.. so, I didn't get much time to take any medication or stop for a break. My hand was so bad.. I was having trouble just scooping mash potato during lunch! Anyway! All this abuse has led to my hand refusing to uncurl! I have a permenant claw!! If I try.. the agony.. I can't even begin to describe it! And my wrist looks swollen. :/
Basically, I'm inbetween GPs at the moment and can't even try
to see anyone until sometime next week.. just waiting to be signed on at the new surgery. Hopefully they're better! So, anyway.. I'm not sure what to do! My last doctor refused to give me any strong painkillers, so I'm really struggling at the moment.. I can't even go a night without waking up 4-5 times in agony. I'm just wondering what I should do?? Tomorrow promises to be just as busy and I feel like crying! I love my job.. but it's getting way too difficult.
My co-workers are being great and taking on some jobs for me but because we're short staffed.. I usually make up for those jobs doing something else! I'm really just wondering if there's anything I can do in the mean time? I feel so lost.
I appreciate any help.. not that I'm even sure there's anything anyone can suggest. I was told I could try squeezing a tennis ball last time I seen the rheumatologist but I can't really manage it most days.. they're just too hard or in todays case.. to big to get my claw around!! lol.