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Old 01-10-2015, 03:22 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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I thought I'd ask the CD hive mind here to recommend a doctor for me. I don't currently have a PCP and I rarely ever see a doctor. I'm lucky enough to be pretty healthy.

I do however have a problem with my hands, specifically the joints on my fingers. I've developed half a dozen painful ganglion cysts which have affected my manual dexterity to the point where I'm in constant pain, my typing is slower, and my hands are clenched into fists every morning and it takes a while for me to relax them open. Some of my rings don't even fit anymore because of the cysts on my knuckles. Can't do fist-bumps with people either; any knock on my knuckles is extremely painful. I can't knock on doors either; I have to pound. My grip strength is very weak. Basically, it's something I can't ignore any longer. I need this to be fixed.

So I'm thinking I need to find a good orthopedic surgeon who specializes in these kinds of problems. I can search on the web, but there's nothing like a good old personal recommendation.

Can anyone help? TIA!!!
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Old 01-10-2015, 03:41 PM
 
Location: la hacienda
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I *think you will have to see a PCM first, they will do necessary tests/xrays to see what's wrong, then they will refer you to a specialist. That's how my insurance works. I have an ankle/foot doc for reference but not a hand doc to recommend :-( I wonder if you might have arthritis. Wishing you the best for the answers you need.
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Old 01-10-2015, 03:47 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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I *think you will have to see a PCM first, they will do necessary tests/xrays to see what's wrong, then they will refer you to a specialist. That's how my insurance works. I have an ankle/foot doc for reference but not a hand doc to recommend :-( I wonder if you might have arthritis. Wishing you the best for the answers you need.
Thanks...a doc already diagnosed ganglion cysts and ruled out RA in 2013. I just need a doc to drain or remove them.

My insurance doesn't require a referral from a PCP.
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Old 01-10-2015, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Funky town
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I *think you will have to see a PCM first, they will do necessary tests/xrays to see what's wrong, then they will refer you to a specialist. That's how my insurance works. I have an ankle/foot doc for reference but not a hand doc to recommend :-( I wonder if you might have arthritis. Wishing you the best for the answers you need.
Generally RA starts from feet upwards... It usually will never show on the hands first.

BigDGeek, I will suggest considering outpatient occupational therapist (OT) as well. PCP will not do much except recommendation. But your best option is getting the reco from the PCP.
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Old 01-10-2015, 07:30 PM
 
Location: Prosper
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My wife had a cyst on her hand and got it removed, but I don't remember if it was while we were still in Jacksonville or right when we moved here. I'll ask her and see, if it was here it would be a Dr. in Plano.
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Old 01-10-2015, 07:41 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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My wife had a cyst on her hand and got it removed, but I don't remember if it was while we were still in Jacksonville or right when we moved here. I'll ask her and see, if it was here it would be a Dr. in Plano.
Thanks!
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Old 01-10-2015, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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I thought I'd ask the CD hive mind here to recommend a doctor for me. I don't currently have a PCP and I rarely ever see a doctor. I'm lucky enough to be pretty healthy.

I do however have a problem with my hands, specifically the joints on my fingers. I've developed half a dozen painful ganglion cysts which have affected my manual dexterity to the point where I'm in constant pain, my typing is slower, and my hands are clenched into fists every morning and it takes a while for me to relax them open. Some of my rings don't even fit anymore because of the cysts on my knuckles. Can't do fist-bumps with people either; any knock on my knuckles is extremely painful. I can't knock on doors either; I have to pound. My grip strength is very weak. Basically, it's something I can't ignore any longer. I need this to be fixed.

So I'm thinking I need to find a good orthopedic surgeon who specializes in these kinds of problems. I can search on the web, but there's nothing like a good old personal recommendation.

Can anyone help? TIA!!!
No recommendations but I hope you get some good leads here. My best friend from college has a long history of joint pain in her fingers so I know just how debilitating that can be. She can no longer work full time and she's not even 50 yet. Best of luck with your search.
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Old 01-10-2015, 09:16 PM
 
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Dr. Vo at Methodist Richardson. (Doctor's Pavillon Bush/Renner)

I personally haven't seen him but my husband, daughter and I have all been happy with doctors in that practice. And I've heard good things about him from others who have seen him. And he focuses on hands.

Dr. Terry Madsen also works on hands/wrists and has a good reputation, but everyone I know who has seen him were seeing him for knee/ankle injuries.
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Old 01-10-2015, 09:17 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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Dr. Vo at Methodist Richardson. (Doctor's Pavillon Bush/Renner)

I personally haven't seen him but my husband, daughter and I have all been happy with doctors in that practice. And I've heard good things about him from others who have seen him. And he focuses on hands.

Dr. Terry Madsen also works on hands/wrists and has a good reputation, but everyone I know who has seen him were seeing him for knee/ankle injuries.
Thanks, I'll look him up!
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Old 01-11-2015, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Prosper
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Thanks!
Asked my wife, said it was Dr. Earl Lund, he specializes in elbow, hand, and wrist surgeries. Located off Plano Pkwy in Plano. Hope this helps!
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