I'm hoping someone out there can share some advice or experiences with me. I had wrist joint replacement surgery July 24th. I've been fighting pain and wrist deteriotation for over a year. My wrist was basically being "eaten" away by the arthritis. We had tried everything - shots, meds, etc. I also get remicade infusions ever 5 weeks. So, I had my wrist replaced. I was in a half cast for two weeks and a full cast for 6 weeks. At least, the cast was a pretty hot pink! Anyway, I got my cast off a week ago and the doctor put me in a splint. I see her again in two more weeks. She didn't send me to physical therapy yet because she said I needed more healing before I could start PT. I've read all the info on the thumb replacements on the site but I haven't seen any posts on wrist replacement. I'm still having quite a bit of pain and wondering if this is normal. I'm doing a few exercises that the dr. prescribed...not many...but I'm still taking pain meds every 4 hours. It's also really hard to bend my thumb but I knew that would happen because the thumb joint collapsed right before surgery. I've gone back to work....no choice there. I have to work. The insurance is through my work. I guess I'm just a litle scared. I also went into an awful flare when my cast came off. I guess just the shock of it all. I hope I don't seem whiney (I don't like whiney) but it's just hard to think I had this surgery to take care of the pain and the pain is still here. I would really appreciate any words of advice, support.... I've been living with RA so I know the disease is fickle...not a friend to any of us. I guess I just needed to unload. It's not my first go round with joint replacements...I've had both knees replaced but this seems different.
Current DX: rheumatoid arthritis/psoriatic arthritis, CD, left wrist basil joint arthritis- no cartilage and multiple bone spurs, right wrist damge - no cartilage, degenerative disc disorder, nerve damage, pain/inflamation/high blood pressure
Current meds: Remicade 600 mg. every 5 weeks, methotrexate .6 cc. injection., celebrex, micardis/hct, folic acid, medrol dose pack (occasionally), topamax, toprol XL, lortab 10-500, zoloft
Previous meds: Enbrel, humira, bextra, vioxx