LRTI surgery recovery sharing

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Mel_Rose
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   Posted 7/25/2017 7:00 PM (GMT -6)   
plo,

I'm sorry you're so limited in your physical activity! My walking is the only thing that has kept me sane over the past 7 weeks! I'm able to take my splint and sock off and wash both after a walk.

I got in to PT today at around the 7 week mark. It feels good to be doing something with my hand. I'm not able to, or supposed to move it much yet....but my therapist thinks I'll be feeling much better about things soon with the PT. During PT I couldn't get my thumb across my hand to my pinkie....but I already can do that this evening sometimes after a few sessions at home.

She is going to "cut my splint down" next week...then in a couple of weeks move me to a soft brace. I may have a party when I can get rid of the hard one!!!

Lpark
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   Posted 7/27/2017 3:27 AM (GMT -6)   
7 week update:
Had removable splint taken off at 6 weeks!! Thank god it had irritated knuckle on thumb so bad no pain meds would ease the hurting!! Told to use hand as normal and to do some PT exercises every hour I was awake. I still have a very swollen thumb which makes it difficult to do the exercises but I am powering thru this!! Ice and ibuprofen help but I don't have time at work to be icing much!!
Wondering if any body else still had swelling at 7 weeks?

Mel_Rose
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   Posted 7/27/2017 3:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Lpark,

I am also right at 7 weeks. I still have to wear my removable splint. I don't like it either. I only wear it at night and when I'm up and moving around.

I won't be free to use my hand normally until I'm 12 weeks out.

As far as swelling, I feel like I have a lot! I wake up in the morning and all of my fingers are swollen and it's a process just to get them to move again. PT has been reassuring me that it will all get better with time and movement. My fingers look like sausages a good deal of the time! I am holding my arm up most always.

I'm able to get my thumb to the pinkie....and now working to get it further down towards my palm. It's going faster than I thought it would.

Lpark
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   Posted 7/27/2017 5:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Mel rose,
Thanks for responding. I can't get my thumb to my pinkie yet, the thumb is so swollen. It's interesting the different methods for recovery as my splint is gone but my Dr. Has not sent me to PT.
Do you feel the PT is helpful?
I go back to Dr. in late Sept. For him to check mobility.
My fingers aren't swollen just the thumb.
Good luck with your recovery!

Mel_Rose
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   Posted 7/27/2017 7:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Lpark,

I do think PT has been helpful, because I really haven't had a good feeling for just what I "should" and "shouldn't" do with my hand....especially given the fact that I'm still in my brace. My therapist is really pushing some of the gentle stretching (even to cause some pain), and then sends me home to do a little bit more each time. I certainly wouldn't have felt comfortable doing some of the things she was doing with me in PT at home, but felt very confident having her guide me to do it in therapy.

It's great that your fingers aren't also swollen! Mine REALLY are! Especially my index finger and middle finger.

The docs really do seem to have different methods!! Good luck to you as well! Thanks for posting!

Wendy the Teacher
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   Posted 8/3/2017 12:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I truly appreciate these posts! They give me hope that things will work out. I'm 9 days post op for dominant right hand LRTI surgery.

I went to the gym Monday and made the mistake of trying to adjust the footrest on a machine using my right hand, This sent me a zinger. But, later on while I was eating corn on the cob I had muscle spasms in my forearm. I screamed because it hurt so bad.

Now, I'm trying to keep my arm very still but still have spasms at times. Any suggestions?

Thanks!
Wendy

Wendy the Teacher
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   Posted 8/3/2017 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   
PLO
Why aren't you allowed to go to the gym?
Curious because I've been at the gym twice on days 6 and 8.
Thanks,
Wendy
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