Recent diagnosis OA in left hand thumb joint
i am a midwife, after months now of pain I have been diagnosed with moderate OA .
i am/was being treated for tendinitis originally, I think this has improved currently seeing physio set up through work, who insisted I got an X-ray which this week diagnosed my OA
my physio now working on the area to stengthen ligaments around area, as I’m struggling currently to hold weight etc. also referral made to consultant hand specialist and I’m on waiting list.
I have seen Gp who gave me steroid injections but physio think they were in wrong place ! Therefore she feels this will be an option through my referral, they can do in right place ! Can’t have another until April time anyway so she feels seeing her best form of treatment for now. My physio also said don’t panic at the moment re my job as it could be a flair up and it may improve.
occ health and my boss think it’s just tendinitis currently, I have not shared this new information as I’ve only just found out, trying to come to terms with it.
occ health concluded after a phone call to remain off call until situation improves, I am to keep my boss updated. That was before this diagnosis.
Worries I won’t be able to do my job! One of the aspects of my job is being on call to deliver babies, deal with emergency situations etc. I have currently come off call, as I didn’t feel safe and have a duty of care to those I care for and my colleagues.
part of my job role as a community midwife is to be on call. I love my role in community and don’t want to give up …not sure where I stand. Worried my situation will get worse. How long can my employer by law support me in my current role adapting it ?? I feel confident in my physio so trying to stay positive. That my recent injury causing tendinitis has caused a flair up. I have to be patient I’m told, not to look too far down the line. Not sure if my immediate boss is going to be sympathetic ! Not sure who to talk too, or what to do next ?
I struggle to take anti-inflammatory drugs , my stomach doesn’t like it. Wearing splints, supports etc which do help when I’m in clinic. So that’s a positive.
appreciate any advice re employment within nhs, what my next move should be. Very upset , I’m 46 and concerned about my future.
with kindest regards
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