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In August this year I tripped and fell which resulted in a fractured distal radius of my left arm and damaged ligaments to my right wrist.
I had surgery to my left arm which required the insertion of 3 k-wires. The fracture has healed well and the k-wires were removed after 5 weeks and their removal has made the pain progressively worse. My right wrist has slowly gotten better but was still painful depending upon how I moved it. My orthopaedic doctor suggested 2 weeks ago that I may have CRPS, this has now been confirmed.
I have been in relentless pain in my left arm since day 1 of the injury and as of today 5th of October, my right wrist has also started hurting quite badly for no apparent reason and my hand movement is becoming rapidly restricted. Is it possible that my CRPS has spread to my right wrist so quickly?
I am due to see the pain management team at my local hospital within the next couple of weeks.
I have been taking co-codamol 30/500 since day 1 of my accident and they don't seem to be helping much any more. Whether this is because I've been taking them for the past 8 weeks and that's why they no longer work I don't know?
I have been advised to use contrast hydrotherapy which does seem to help if only fleetingly.
I have entirely lost the use of my left hand over the last few weeks. It is very swollen, shiny, hot and very sensitive to touch etc.
My other ongoing medical conditions(they have been ongoing for several years) are as follows:
Arthritis in my neck, shoulders, elbows, hips, lower back, knees and feet.
Low blood platelets caused by ITP(Immune thrombocytopenic purpura).
Low kidney function.
Reflux and IBS.
I suspected I may have Fibromyalgia but this has not yet been diagnosed by my doctors.
I am an ex smoker and haven't smoked for 6 years.
I am greatly concerned that I may never recover the use of my left hand and also at the possible spread of my CRPS to my right wrist so quickly.
I hope I have given enough information and would be grateful for any advice anyone can give me.
Thanks and regards, Howard.
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