Maybe a little relief on it's way?

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Lynn
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   Posted 9/5/2008 2:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey all,
I saw a surgeon yesterday and I have surgery scheduled for September 16th for Carpal Tunnel in my right hand. He said if I choose not to do the surgery that most likely I will loose all function of the right thumb and first finger within 2 or 3 years time. Also told me the risks which if things go wrong I will have the same result as I would with no surgery, just quicker.
The thought of holding an ink pen to write a check without dropping it several times thrills me...
Unfortunately the pain in the wrist area is probably not going to get better because that is due to either inflammatory arthritis or possibly psoriatic arthritis. At any rate a little less pain is a good thing and I am hoping and praying for the best!
Anyone else have this procedure done and most of all... DID IT HELP??????????
best of health
lynn~
[color=purple>Dx'd 1983 Crohn's Disease, COPD 2000, Psoriasis 2002, Fibromyalgia 2005 along with Cronic Inflammatory Disease 2005. Currently takeing Humira, Pentasa, Lomotil, Elavil, Sinemet, Skelaxin, Advair, Abuterol, Avinza, Percocet and Xanax as needed[/color]


PAlady
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   Posted 9/5/2008 4:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Lynn,
I've had carpel tunnel surgery on both hands and YES it helped - cured the problem completely! I had it in 1994 on my right hand. I fought the surgery for a long time until the pain became unbearable and I could no longer feel my fingertips. The pain went away the night of the surgery! Healing takes a bit, but not that long. Well worth it. When my left hand started going bad I went immediately for the surgery, as I was sorry I had waited so long the first time. I also had a trigger finger fixed (they cut the tendon) on my right thumb with my first CTS surgery, and other than developing arthritis, my hands are find. Once in awhile a utensil hits right at the scar and it pinches just a tad - otherwise, no problems. And when I had my left hand done I was back on the computer (lightly, of course) within twenty four hours. Of course, lifting takes awhile longer.

I think that when I had my lumbar fusion surgery I was hoping it would help like the carpel tunnel surgery did. No such luck. Just make sure you have an experienced hand surgeon. There are also some different procedures used - some surgeons do a smaller incision as I understand it, and go in around the thumb, and the healing time is less. My surgeon did it I guess the traditional way so I have scars in my palms. No big deal. Just more life lines!

Have some pillows ready to prop your arm up when you sleep for the first couple of nights, and I got some of those clear plastic gloves like food service workers wear because you have to keep the stitches dry for about a week. Those gloves were great - with a rubber band I could carefully shower. Oh - have some button down shirts - I bought some cheap things and cut the sleave on the arm I was having done to make it easier to wear. But this was only for the first few days.

Good luck!

PaLady

Lindaloo
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   Posted 9/5/2008 4:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh PaLady you always have such good advice and great suggestions!!

I have not had the surgery, so no pearls of wisdom from me, but I wanted to wish you luck and all the success that PaLady has had!

Gentle Hugs,

Lindaloo
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deb in indiana
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   Posted 9/5/2008 4:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Don't want to scare you but they were sure my was c/t i did the surgery it was nothing to it but after i go worse p/t for 7 weeks didn.t help.I went to pain management it was trigger points from fm and ostero arthritis &psoriatic arthritis now my thumb hurts all the time i have a trigger finger and i drop my things more then normal and i talked to the dr before he did it he said i don't why you are guesting me cause you are my 10000,surgery i even had my f/m book with me and showed him the article .I am worse of now then before .pain dr said more arthritis  may need finger replacements.So i hope goes well but i just happen to be the that it wasn't c/p.Take care Deb

PAlady
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   Posted 9/5/2008 6:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, Lindaloo! When you live alone like I do, you have to think ahead about how to get dressed, how you're going to cook, etc. because you can't be calling people over to help all the time. So I drive myself nuts planning in advance but most of the time it's been well worth it and made things easier for me. When I ask the doctors questions in advance of surgery, they all tell me don't worry, just wait and then you'll get instructions after the procedure about your limitations, etc. That doesn't help me prepare one iota! So if what I've thought through and used can help someone else, that's great.

Lynn - you're probably right that carpel tunnel surgery won't fix everything, like problems from arthritis, but if it's been accurately diagnosed as CTS the surgery should help. Let me know if you have any other questions. I'll try to answer as best as I can recall! I should tell you after I had my left hand done I had to come home alone and take care of my cat, who one week before surgery suddenly got very sick and couldn't walk! Two days after my surgery I was picking my cat up from the vet, and he was bedridden (literally) so I had to feed him, clean him, and give him meds all keeping my left hand clean and dry. And I managed! Sometimes when I think back about it I don't know how, but you know everyone told me to put him down but in a couple of weeks he slowly started to walk again and I kept him for almost another year!

PaLady

Lynn
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   Posted 9/6/2008 8:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the info PaLady, The surgeon drew a line on my hand where the incision will be. I think it is probably the older method after reading your reply as it was about 2 inches long with a zig-zag closer to the end of it near my wrist. It really makes no difference to me as long as the result is good. I am already full of scars on my belly from 4 surgeries for crohn's disease and 3 C-Sections. I just want to be able to hold a pen and write again!!!
Great idea about the gloves, I already have a box that I use when my Mom has accidents and I have to clean her up. I have lots of T-shirts so buttons won't be an issue. My biggest worry is that I won't be able to help my daughter with her 6 week old baby who is very colicky and needs lots of rocking and butt patting. She is living with us until her new home is finished being built so I help her a great deal on a daily basis. And also there is my Mom who is 81 and in failing health with dementia and congestive heart failure. My plate is so full and each day is a struggle for me, I really can't see how I am going to be able NOT to not use my hand for a day let alone several or even a week.
I will muddle through one way or another though...I always have.
Thanks again for great suggestions and info..
Best of health...
lynn~
[color=purple>Dx'd 1983 Crohn's Disease, COPD 2000, Psoriasis 2002, Fibromyalgia 2005 along with Cronic Inflammatory Disease 2005. Currently takeing Humira, Pentasa, Lomotil, Elavil, Sinemet, Skelaxin, Advair, Abuterol, Avinza, Percocet and Xanax as needed[/color]


PAlady
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   Posted 9/6/2008 9:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Lynn,
Good luck with everything. Try to get as much help as possible. Thing is if you try lifting and other things too soon you may make the surgery unsuccessful. Think about who you can ask to help for awhile - and ask them! Sometimes I think what happens is we get too afraid to ask for help when we really need it. It won't be forever, and if your surgery is successful you'll have your hand back! But like I said I maneuvered a bedridden cat with one hand so with some creativity a lot is possible!

Let us know how it goes when you can.

PaLady
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