Friday, September 21, 2007

Things that make you go hmmmm . . . . .

About 3 weeks ago, I had this little bump show up on my left pinkie finger, on the back near a joint. I at first wondered about it but didn't get to concerned. It has gotten bigger and started causing me constant, aching pain. It sometimes goes down into the palm of my hand. It had also gotten bigger. I finally called and made an appointment with my doctor earlier this week.

My doctor was booked so they got me in with his PA. He looked at it, press around on it and decided I needed some x-rays of my hand to make sure it was a ganglion cyst and not a bone spur. It turned out to be a ganglion cyst and he gave me a hand out on what a ganglion cyst is. He prescribed Mobic, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID), to hopefully help with the pain and to see if it makes it decrease in size. He did tell me that this usually doesn't work but wanted to try just in case it did. If it isn't better in a week, he is going to refer me to a hand specialist. There is not telling how long that will take!

I went to the pharmacy to get my prescrition filled and they always give you a handout on the medication. I saw that the serious side effects were heart attack, stroke, and serious stomach problems and this medicine should only be taken for a short time. He only gave me 15 days worth so I am on it for a short time. What makes me wonder is that Vioxx was taken off of the market for having side effects of heart attack and stroke so makes me wonder how this medicine is still on the market. Maybe the chances were higher with Vioxx? Hmmm . . . . .

All the literature and websites I have read about ganglion cyst say they are unsure what causes them. That even if you have them removed, they may come back. I have been on this medicine for three days which it has decreased the pain, it still is the same size! We will have to see what happens. Maybe I injured my finger with typing to much for school! He He!!! Which reminds me that I need to type up my quiz for next week in Old Testament!

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