Hypersensitive skin 4 wks post-op LRTI

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   Posted 3/26/2018 3:10 AM (GMT -6)   
LRTI on rt hand (dominant) on Feb 27. Surgical cast / dressing and sutures all removed after 2 weeks. Removable splint made and told to wear it 24/7 except to shower. I had told my hand surgeon that the skin over my thumb base was very sensitive to touch prior to the surgery. He never addressed this issue. I assumed that was because it's a nerve problem, not an ortho problem. When the surgical dressings were removed from the suture sight, it was like I was stabbed and shocked with a stun gun at the same time. I screamed like I've never screamed in my life, I cried for 15 minutes and nearly passed out. Of course the woman apologized profusely and stated she's never encountered this before. The incision area is so hypersensitive, that a bath towel barely brushing on it or water droplets hitting it directly sends electric shocks directly towards the tip of my thumb!!! Has anyone else had this kind of issue?? I have multiple sclerosis and hope the hypersensitivity is caused by that and that maybe my neuro can do something about it. My hand surgeon has been out of town for a week and I'm hoping to hear back from him in the next few days. I put lamb's wool held in place by fishnet dressing under my splint sock/glove because what ever touches this spot can't move at all or I get the electrical impulses. shocked
As for my daily 1-handed existence, I'm getting along pretty well. I had a problem with not being able to tie my shoes. The young guy that cuts my hair tied them for me after he finished my hair so I could go to the gym. I now have elastic laces. My daughter and her family live with me and she cuts my meat up for me just like she does for her 3 year old. I keep my hair short, so that's no problem. I have an electric toothbrush. Luckily, I do almost all gross motor activities left handed any way. I sure can't write left handed, though. My daughter writes out the few checks I need each month. Since I'm not working right now, my nails have grown long and my daughter keeps them nicely polished for me. I'm a nurse, and long nails aren't allowed.
I wish everyone a quick and pain-free recovery.
Thanks for reading,

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   Posted 4/30/2018 3:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like your family is there for you. That is 90% Of healing . Other than what sounds like a very painful nerve issue your doing well.

I'm surprised the surgeon hasn't offered a explination for the pain you described. If it's not from swelling or nerve impingment I would ask to see another doc for opinion.sometimes a MRI , c scan can pick up soft tissue damage and nerve pain can be controlled and managed with meds. It's may be too soon after surgery but I hope it clears up thru recovery.

I had surgery on my hand and must wear a splint nightly. I have a Fixxglove splint very comfortable and once the swelling has gone down and Pt Is complete ask your surgeon if fixxglove is appropiate for you. They are a lot less bulky than the pt type hand custom made. Seethe site for the various types made for different hand surgeries.

Many healing blessings sent your way.
"As long as there is breath there is hope, LIFE is a GIFT. "
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