DeQuervains Tenosynovitis

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padee6339
padee6339 Member Posts: 763
edited March 2014 in Breast Cancer #1
Now I have this. Vent time. My left wrist has been bothering me for some time and I finally went to the doctor to have him look at it and possibly do a cortisone injection. He said he doesn't do cortisone, and who is my Orthopedist. Like I have one on call, really now! He gave me a referral to one and told me he would know exactly where to put the cortisone in. I asked him if he was really and truly a doctor, and couldn't he do it? Save me a $30 co-pay! Nope. He did give me a prescription for a brace, which I took to the medical supply store and was told they don't deal with the insurance companies any more. So another $60 (pls the $20 copay for my doctor), and boing - $80 bucks out the window. I'm left handed, so wearing the brace is a joke - its off for mousing, typing, dialing, cooking, cleaning dishes, and driving. Its on for TV and sleep (which my cat decided she didn't like it and kept biting at it all night long.) When the doctor told me what I had, I asked him to please open his book and see which disease was next on my list. I'm tired of this, tired of doctors, tired of needles, tired of all of it. I think I'm just tired.

Sorry to vent, but this is just one more thing I have to deal with. And I'm tired of being cheerful and care free in front of my family.

Thanks for listening.

Pat

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  • sbmly53
    sbmly53 Member Posts: 1,522
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    My sympathies!
    Vent, rant, rave. You have every right. Cry, too. It helps. I'm so sorry for your 'extra helping' of hurt and frustration. And, certainly expense. It's not the bc side wrist, is it? I have bursitis in my shoulder, and because of lymphadema, was advised to not have a shot. So, maybe seeing a specialist isn't such a bad idea.

    Also, I've learned from my experience that being little miss sunshine for my family (at every moment) backfires. It does help to take worry from them, but at what cost to you? You need their support and understanding that this is a moment by moment for us and not every moment is all sunshine and roses.

    Take care of yourself, keep us posted and remember, we are all here for you.

    Hugs and prayers,

    Sue
  • mimivac
    mimivac Member Posts: 2,143 Member
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    Oh goodness
    Pat, I'm sorry to hear about this latest news. It sounds like a painful condition and an inconvienient one, too. I can see why you would wonder "what's next?" after all you have gone through. What is your treatment plan for your wrist? Is it the injections, medication, or a combination? I read online that with treatment, symptoms can begin to ease in 4 to 6 weeks. I hope you can find relief for your condition and that only good times are next on your list.

    Mimi
  • cats_toy
    cats_toy Member Posts: 1,462 Member
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    so sorry Pat
    I also had the DeQuervains... my GP cannot do cortisone shots, so yes, they have to refer you to an Orthopedic doc. I actually bought the brace online, got the smallest one I could for ease of movement, cost $30.00. Had two cortisone shots, the second one worked and I haven't had a problem since. That was almost a year ago. So hang in there, and hopefully, this too shall pass.
    Take care
    Cat
  • padee6339
    padee6339 Member Posts: 763
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    Thanks!
    I have an appointment with an orthopedist on Monday. They are so busy, I'm double booked into a 1:30 slot. So much for star treatment there - ha ha. I'm fighting with the insurance company over the cost of the brace, the insurance company told me I should have called them from the store and they would refer me to a store they cover. How are we supposed to know that? Then the insurance won't cover me for my pre-op for the biopsy of the second lump. So I have to write the insurance a letter including the bill, and let the hospital know that I'm disputing the bill. The woman who took my insurance card at the pre-op should know if its covered or not, or at least when she puts it in the computer, it should come back denied. but no, I'm left with the bill and the non-payment calls. It will be fun to let the hospital know, they don't even do the billing. It comes from New York. What a pain!!!!

    Anyways, I will see what the "specialist" says about the wrist. The brace is awful, I have to take it off to do everything from typing, eating, getting dressed/undressed, dishes, cooking - its off more than its on! I wear it to bed, where the cat chews on it all night.

    Thanks for listening to my ranting. I'll get over this soon - I can't stay in a bad mood forever (can I?)

    Pat
  • MyTurnNow
    MyTurnNow Member Posts: 2,686 Member
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    padee6339 said:

    Thanks!
    I have an appointment with an orthopedist on Monday. They are so busy, I'm double booked into a 1:30 slot. So much for star treatment there - ha ha. I'm fighting with the insurance company over the cost of the brace, the insurance company told me I should have called them from the store and they would refer me to a store they cover. How are we supposed to know that? Then the insurance won't cover me for my pre-op for the biopsy of the second lump. So I have to write the insurance a letter including the bill, and let the hospital know that I'm disputing the bill. The woman who took my insurance card at the pre-op should know if its covered or not, or at least when she puts it in the computer, it should come back denied. but no, I'm left with the bill and the non-payment calls. It will be fun to let the hospital know, they don't even do the billing. It comes from New York. What a pain!!!!

    Anyways, I will see what the "specialist" says about the wrist. The brace is awful, I have to take it off to do everything from typing, eating, getting dressed/undressed, dishes, cooking - its off more than its on! I wear it to bed, where the cat chews on it all night.

    Thanks for listening to my ranting. I'll get over this soon - I can't stay in a bad mood forever (can I?)

    Pat

    Pat, rant away!! It's
    Pat, rant away!! It's better to rant and rave and get it out of your system than to hold it in. So.........rant and rave. That kind of sounds like a dance, doesn't it?? Soon, this will all be settled and you'll be on your way to better days. Sending you strength to fight the insurance company. Let us know how it goes. Take care.
  • DebbyM
    DebbyM Member Posts: 3,289 Member
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    mimivac said:

    Oh goodness
    Pat, I'm sorry to hear about this latest news. It sounds like a painful condition and an inconvienient one, too. I can see why you would wonder "what's next?" after all you have gone through. What is your treatment plan for your wrist? Is it the injections, medication, or a combination? I read online that with treatment, symptoms can begin to ease in 4 to 6 weeks. I hope you can find relief for your condition and that only good times are next on your list.

    Mimi

    I am sorry Pat. It does
    I am sorry Pat. It does sound painful. What can they do for it? Good luck!

    Debby
  • carkris
    carkris Member Posts: 4,553 Member
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    MyTurnNow said:

    Pat, rant away!! It's
    Pat, rant away!! It's better to rant and rave and get it out of your system than to hold it in. So.........rant and rave. That kind of sounds like a dance, doesn't it?? Soon, this will all be settled and you'll be on your way to better days. Sending you strength to fight the insurance company. Let us know how it goes. Take care.

    I read the last part to my
    I read the last part to my husband he said"did you post that?" I am not happy about all you are going through, but you verbalized it perfectly I hope this condition clears up soon. and you can be healthy and happy.
  • survivorbc09
    survivorbc09 Member Posts: 4,374 Member
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    padee6339 said:

    Thanks!
    I have an appointment with an orthopedist on Monday. They are so busy, I'm double booked into a 1:30 slot. So much for star treatment there - ha ha. I'm fighting with the insurance company over the cost of the brace, the insurance company told me I should have called them from the store and they would refer me to a store they cover. How are we supposed to know that? Then the insurance won't cover me for my pre-op for the biopsy of the second lump. So I have to write the insurance a letter including the bill, and let the hospital know that I'm disputing the bill. The woman who took my insurance card at the pre-op should know if its covered or not, or at least when she puts it in the computer, it should come back denied. but no, I'm left with the bill and the non-payment calls. It will be fun to let the hospital know, they don't even do the billing. It comes from New York. What a pain!!!!

    Anyways, I will see what the "specialist" says about the wrist. The brace is awful, I have to take it off to do everything from typing, eating, getting dressed/undressed, dishes, cooking - its off more than its on! I wear it to bed, where the cat chews on it all night.

    Thanks for listening to my ranting. I'll get over this soon - I can't stay in a bad mood forever (can I?)

    Pat

    I hope your orthopedist can
    I hope your orthopedist can help you. Rant anytime. That is why we are here!

    Good luck!