Should I or shouldn't I?

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couchtater
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   Posted 5/2/2016 11:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm in a dilemma.
My neurologist told me I had Cubital Tunnel syndrome. Basically it means my funny bone nerve is being pinched at my elbow.
Some days are okay and some days are purely miserable. I have to be careful of bending my elbow too much. Problem is its my domain hand.

He's suggesting surgery to move the nerve to a safe area on the inside of my elbow. It will take months of rehabilitation and I may not get full use of my arm again. If I say no, then I will face gradual deterioration of the nerve and my hand will droop and become numb.

Have any of you had this surgery or carpel tunnel syndrome surgery? I understand it's similar.
Joy
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eat2bwell
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   Posted 5/3/2016 5:56 PM (GMT -6)   
You might try a chiropractor first.

Alice22
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   Posted 5/3/2016 7:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I would definitely get a second opinion. I've always heard that surgery should be the last option. How well do you know and trust this doctor? If you do decide to get the surgery I would make sure that it's done by someone who has done this particular procedure many times. Two months ago I was told by an orthopedic doctor that surgery on my neck would relieve the pain I was experiencing. Well, eventually the pain went away on it's own. I'm not saying your case is the same as mine, only that you can't be too careful when it comes to surgery.
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couchtater
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   Posted 5/3/2016 10:19 PM (GMT -6)   
That's what worries me.
I've had this flare up before and last for over a year before. But it did go away. Now it's back again.
I just started seeing this guy last November through my rheumatologist. He helped me with a problem with my neck I was having. I did 3 months of therapy for it and it's better.
I'm just worried that it's too radical for now.
Joy
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   Posted 5/3/2016 11:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Joy,
I had carpal tunnel surgery when the tingling and numbness became unbearable and kept me up all night. The relief was instantaneous and the recovery was easiest of all the surgeries I've had. Even though I'm having joint issues again,the carpal tunnel has never returned, and I am so happy I had it done. I agree you want to make sure it is done by an experienced surgeon, but it sounds like the alternative may be much worse!
Beth
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