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.
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,