My left pinky has been swollen for about a month, and I finally saw my doctor last Wednesday. (I’m still not sure how it happened, but it’s annoying).
What’s great about my doctor is that she’s young and nice. She also knows what tests are needed to fully make a diagnosis. Case in point, she checked my joints for inflammation and told me that I needed to get blood drawn (to be 100% sure that there weren’t other areas of inflammation) and hand x-rays.
I decided to get the needlework over and done with first. Whenever I have to get shots, I CANNOT look at the needle going into my arm and coming out. It’s how I manage through it, actually. My logic is, if I can’t see it, I can get my mind thinking of something else faster and the pain won’t be terrible.
The hand x-rays were different, as I’ve only gotten a full body one. I sat in a room in front a large white machine and placed each hand, one after the other, in the middle of the table, which had marks on it. It looked like a target, but square. Each hand needed three x-rays.
All this for a swollen pinky.
I have a follow-up appointment in two weeks but received the news that I have to see a rheumatologist because I had a positive ANA test. When I heard that I immediately began thinking of the possible joint and bone diseases that might have caused it. (As you can tell, I worry). Of course, my parents told me to not think about it and not Google anything except who the doctor was because I was only going to make myself feel worse.
Positive thinking = positive outcome
But, my x-rays were normal! According to my mom, besides showing if bones are fractured, x-rays also display signs of arthritis and osteoporosis, so I’m safe from having those conditions.
Everything will be fine.
I’m not going to think and talk about the unknown and focus on getting my pinky better with ibuprofen and ice.