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   Posted 6/27/2018 6:06 AM (GMT -6)   
I am new to the forum but have followed it since I had my surgery Nov 2017. I am now 8 months post op from my CMC thumb arthroplasty with tendon transfer, carpal tunnel and Dequervains release all done together.
I am 62 and both my thumbs were bone on bone and it was suggested I have my dominant thumb done first. Post surgery the pin was pressing on the cast so that was taken off early and then 6 weeks out I started getting really bad pain, I was in tears for three months and was diagnosed with regional pain syndrome which has now gone thank goodness. My palm would go purple and be incredibly painful as if all my circulation had been cut off. Then at 12 weeks I developed nodules on the palm of my hand and they are on the A1 pulleys of my ring and middle finger and I am now developing " cords" down my palm which seems to narrow my hand. Dupuytrens Is the diagnosis, no family history and it was of rapid onset, both the physio and surgeon were shocked. Not doing anything about that at the moment.
My thumb does not stretch sufficiently to grasp a glass it opens to maybe 80 degrees from my index finger and it's become very painful on the MIP joint.
I went back to my ortho and he gave me a cortisone injection into the thumb joint he did say it was very inflamed. That was a month ago and it's made not the slightest difference to the pain.
I am finding it so hard to do anything, I can't open a jar, hold a knife properly, write or do up buttons, I could do all this with a bit of pain before the surgery.
I'm supposed to have my non dominant thumb done but that's not going to happen.
Any ideas why I have all these issues, I preferred my thumb as it was, at least I could do things and it's very depressing having to ask for help all the time.
I just happen to be married to a Surgeon, so I get no empathy what so ever, just told not to keep focusing on it. My orthopedic surgeon is a colleague and friend, so it's a bit awkward.
I would really appreciate any advice.

Post Edited (Sueffun) : 6/27/2018 5:44:33 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 7/29/2018 4:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow you are the post I can relate to. I am at 9 weeks post op. Out of all splints. My hand is progressing but still have discomfort and pain everyday. Will start off ok then pain sets in around early afternoon. I too have these bumps in the palm of my hand with the ones nearest my wrist being tender. I developed a hard bump on the inside base part of my thumb which makes it hard to grip with my entire hand, which is still hard to do anyway. My progress is slow. I am gaining strength and some flexibility with it still being hard to touch thumb to pinkie. I am most concerned about the sore bumps. Haven’t had the Dr check this out yet. I read about that disease and am worried that’s what it is. My skin is still hypersensitive which I understand takes a while to go away. Some days I just feel like staying on the couch. Other days I feel much better but hard to string more than w good days together. I’m relieved to hear I’m not the only one still experiencing discomfort and lack of hand use at 2 months. It’s hard to do the hand exercises at home because my hand is always painful after going to OT. if there is anyone lose out there experiencing these difficulties please post. Good luck Sueffun!
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