Hi Becky, and welcome to the CP forum.
Has anyone ever mentioned Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) or Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) to you?
What are the characteristics of the pain? E.g aching, burning, throbbing, etc?
Have you got any visible changes to your hand, other than the swelling?
- Is it a different colour to your other hand?
- It is hotter or colder than your other hand?
- Any differences in hair or nail growth?
I might be way off, but your persistent pain and swelling raise a bit of a red flag with me, especially given that you say it's spread across your hand. A diagnosis and good pain management is obviously important regardless of what's going on, but if you've got any of the additional changes I've just described, you really need to push hard for diagnosis and treatment (of which PT is one).
Take care, and good luck.
CRPS since 1999, diagnosed in 2005 and since spread to full body, spasms, dystonia & contractures, gastroparesis, orthostatic hypotension, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome.
On Oxycontin/Endone, Topamax, Mobic, Magnesium, Florinef, Somac, Cipramil. Have a spinal cord stimulator, intrathecal pump with baclofen & bupivacaine and doing physio.