Should I or shouldn't I?

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couchtater
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   Posted 5/2/2016 10:13 PM (GMT -7)   
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 4:56 PM (GMT -7)   
You might try a chiropractor first.

couchtater
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   Posted 5/3/2016 9:19 PM (GMT -7)   
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
Lupus, RA, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Asthma, Hypothyriodism, Sleep Apnea, Depression, Allergies, diabetes, and benign familia tremors

When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))

celebrate life
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   Posted 5/3/2016 10:00 PM (GMT -7)   
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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