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Posted By : trailcamgal - 1/14/2017 12:33 PM
Hi I am happy to meet all of you...

On December 21 I had my decompression done on my dominant elbow... Everything seemed to be going well.. I still have numbness from my incision to the outer side of my elbow.. Intensely sensitive from my incision to the inside of my elbow... What worries me though is it hurts to move my wrist... started off stiff but now when I move it I can feel the muscles move in my forearm and mild to moderate pain in the back of my wrist and back of my hand. Like muscles pulling... Today, my wrist hurts bad enough for me to wear my wrist brace... I don't see my Doc until February 6... Has anyone had this before? I had a carpal tunnel release in this hand in 10/2015.. I appreciate your help..

**TCG**

Posted By : (Seashell) - 1/14/2017 11:20 PM
Trailcamgal:
You do not mention if you are being seen by an occupational therapy hand specialist or physical therapist. That would be an important adjunctive therapy at this juncture in your recovery.

Muscles and joints need to move after decompression surgery. Lack of movement lends to formation of scar tissue that can tether to tendons, ligaments, and aponeurosis (the covering of muscle tissue, like the membrane of an orange). Movement needs to be slow and graded/gradual.

That you comment on feeling "mild to moderate muscle pulling" is suggestive that you would benefit from some guidance from an OT or PT who specializes in hand therapy to learn how to begin to move your arm in ways that will benefit your recovery. Ask your surgeon for a referral.
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Posted By : rocckyd - 1/15/2017 4:00 AM
I was also going to ask about PT. I was given PT excercises to do at home, within days of decompression surgery. I was surprised because the day of I went home with what I called my "mummy arm", and that wrap was only for a few days. Dr said no brace and to get moving-obviously within the set guidelines. i was also to use a pillow at night to help keep my arm/elbow at an angle to prevent tightening.

That being said, every surgery, even if in the same area,is different.
I'm not sure what you were told to expect. Definitely call your Dr if you aren't sure what to do.

It can take up to a year for nerves to fully regenerate, and even then, you'll probably still get an unexpected jolt or twinge. Now, instead of it being your funny bone, it's like a shock collar-buzzzz
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Posted By : jasmine3 - 4/27/2017 2:02 AM
hi i was reading this and had a few questions. I was injured at work 3 yrs ago and tore cartliage in the back of my wrist, wrist pain. had a postive variance to where my ulnar bone had to be shortened by 8mm. took a year for the bone to heal and had severe wrist pain. doc said i had cupital tunnel that was affecting the wrist and did a decompression of the elbow. never did i have elbow pain. nerve conduction came back negative before this surgery., still have extreme pain in wrist left side. numbness from ring and pinky up to elbow left side. pain meds dont help much with pain. doc says need to do ulnar transposition at the elbow. pain originates in wrist and radiates from there effecting muscles in forearm. goes up to elbow then shoulder. feels like fingers are in light socket at times. could the nerve be torn at wrist and why surgery on elbow when pain is in wrist. my husband massages my arm at times and when he hits a certain spot its like lightening.

Posted By : pitmom - 4/27/2017 7:37 AM
Hi Jasmine, welcome to the forum, sorry you have to be here.

You said this was a work injury, so I'm assuming your care was through Workers Comp.

First off, I'd get a second opinion. See a neurologist.

Every injury is different. There is no 'textbook case', especially when it comes to nerves.

The ulnar nerve originates in the neck and terminates at the finger tips. I had an injury that involved the elbow. X-ray showed no break, I was given a sling and sent home. Next day I couldn't lift my arm! Long story short, I had a 3/4 thickness tear in the rotator cuff in my shoulder. After that was repaired, we turned our attention to my elbow issues. I had torn the sheath and my ulnar nerve was 'loose' and rubbing back and forth over the bone! I had the transposition surgery done and for the most part, have had a 'good result'. The nerve is permanently damaged, but has calmed down considerably.

Your wrist injury could have caused damage elsewhere that was not apparent.

Get that second opinion and let us know how things are going. If Workers Comp gives you a hard time, get a lawyer!
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Posted By : straydog - 4/27/2017 8:40 AM
Pitmom has given you some great info. You did not mention what type of surgeon did your surgery, would you mind sharing that with us?
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Posted By : ananth - 4/27/2017 11:17 PM
@straydog,@pitmom and all : do you have any idea about cost-range of this surgery,I mean ulnar nerve transposition in india?Any rough idea?

Posted By : pitmom - 4/28/2017 4:45 AM
Welcome ananth. I have no idea of the cost. Mine was done through Workers Compensation back in 1996.
multiple surgeries for rotator cuff both shoulders with residual chronic impingement syndrome, ulnar nerve transposition, carpal tunnel release, wrist ganglionectomies/denervectomies/tenolysis, multiple herniated discs, tarlov cyst, whiplash, bursitis of hips, tendonitis, torus, 3rd degree shoulder separation, torn labrum, ovarian cysts, fibroid tumors of the uterus

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