Knowing where to start
Hi. I have been confirmed as having OA in the 3 thumb joints and across my hand (right). I have been in pain for a long time and had been suffering with burning and numbness in my first 2 fingers and my thumb and was diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome which eventually resulted in surgery in february of this year. They were monitoring my left hand as that was not as bad. Then I developed a different sort of pain and now I have this diagnosis. My GP said to take paracetamol and has also given me a precription for naproxen which he suggests taking for a month to give some relief. I will be able to get a repeat in the future if I find there are times the paracetamol is not enough. I cant see paracetamol being any help to me at all. I suffer from depression and am feeling really down. I have back pain as well and truthfully I am just not coping. I work in an office so an issue with my right hand (I am totally right handed) is really going to be a problem and I am scared for the future. I feel completely worn out and just come home from work and collapse on the sofa and spend most of the weekends sleeping. My GP sent me for a full set of blood tests which came back normal apart from having to have my kidneys retested in 3 months time. I almost wanted them to find something as it would explain why I feel so bad. I know I have the OA but why do I feel so bad. I know it could be because of the depression and maybe I need to go back on the medication but what if there is something else that I am ingoring thinking I am depressed? I am sorry to waffle but I am so confused and dont know where to start.