I'm back from my weekend (at least for a few hours) and I wanted to express my appreciate for all of the kind comments and encouragement.
I won't try to address everyone individually because I will inevitably leave someone out and I don't want to do that. Many thanks to you all.
I do actually believe we are looking at some form of RA/OA in addition to the Carpel tunnel. I picked up the info last week for that and it looks fairly routine, but I guess I'm just chicken after my previous surgery failures. We'll see what great insights I get next week from the Dr and make some decisions from there (I guess).
None the less, the flare seems to be subsiding now and (although my hands NEVER completely stop hurting), they are some better than they were. I actually makes me wonder if we should have done the tests a few weeks ago when the pain was at its worst.
I appreciate the willingness for everyone to answer questions and will certainly have some new ones for you over the next few weeks!
Have a happy Mother's day everyone!