RA, Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery, Sleep Apnea, Acid Reflux and the Mental Screw.

Rena Community Member
  •      Hello everyone.  I have been off line for a while and have now decided to crawl out of my hole and back into the land of the living.

         I have been struggling with a lot of health issues, as I am sure everyone else does too.   But...it seams that mine seam to all wait to hit me until their are at least (3) of them.  Murphy's Law is a Killer!!!

         I just had carpal tunnel release surgery done on both hands on 3-11-11.  I originally thought that doing both hands at the same time was a good idea, as this would minimize the time I had to be off my Enbrel.  Hind sight:  Not a good idea!  The temp. stop of my Enbrel two weeks prior to the surgery sent me into a RA Flare, which I did anticipated.  But the lack of use of both of my hands and the post anesthesia stuff...Holy Cow!  What was I thinking?

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         I am sure glad that week is over.  I started my Enbrel again, right after the surgery.  It is still not working its magic yet and I don't do prescription pain killers.  They make me sick to my stomach.

         Another poor decision that I made was to do an Upper Endoscopy on 3-15-11, while I was off work for the carpal tunnel surgeries.  Hey, might as well go for the gusto, huh.  NOTE:  I now know I was completly out of my freaken mind!!!  I must have thought that I was really tough.  What I have found is that I have crumbled like a wet cardboard box.  I am just now pulling myself up from the depths.

         The endoscopy identified some more medical issues that I now have to address and some more medications that I will need to take.  NOTE:  It is beginning to bother me when I go to my pharmacy each month and walk away with a HUGE sack of med.'s! 

         I go in for my endoscopy follow up and biopsy results on 3-19-11 and to my hand surgeon on 3-17-11 to have the stitches taken out and see how my hands are doing.

         I know that we learn from our mistakes and this has been an extremely painful lesson for me to learn both physically and mentally.  I know now that I must stop being my worst enemy and begin being a friend to my body and my mind.  I am not invinsible.  I do not have to be tough.  I do not have anything to prove.

         NOTE to ALL:  Be kind and gentle to yourselves.

Published On: March 12, 2011
  • Vanessa Collins
    Health Guide
    Mar. 14, 2011

    Hi, Rena,


    Oh, my. You have been through it.  Thank you for your post.  It is an excellent reminder to everyone who reads it. I certainly hope things settle down for you soon, and you get some rest and many, many good days.  Smile




    • Rena
      Mar. 15, 2011

           Hi V!  I am beginning to climb out of the "hurt locker" now...thank goodness!  It makes me feel better to hear that my post could help other people.  We can all use a little help from our friends and your reply makes me feel better.  Thank YOU!