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Old 07-29-2009, 09:56 AM
 
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If so, I'm interested in learning about your post-surgery experience. I'm schedule to have my right (predominant) hand done next week and I'm getting a little nervous. Mostly because I have a little one. I do have family coming into town for 2 weeks which I understand is very much needed. So, that will help take care of some of the stress.

I'm interested to hear about...

- how you felt after surgery?

- how did you handle bathing, dressing, etc?

- how long did it take before you could start using your hand for minor things like typing, driving, carrying light things, etc?

- were you able to return to work (non-heavy labor) relatively quickly?

- my primary concern is the care of my son after family leaves. If you have children, what limitations did you run into after the first couple of weeks when the stitches/bandages came out? Were you able to change diapers, cook, carry in and out of car seat, etc?

- how long, would you say, it took for relatively decent recovery where you started to feel somewhat normal and could do most everything?

- are you happy with the results?


Thanks in advance for your feedback.
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Old 07-29-2009, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Over the Rainbow...
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- how you felt after surgery?

I had it done on my right hand about 10 yrs ago or so. I do alot of typing in my work life. Procedure took about 30 min. I woke up just groggy. Hand and fingers were numb. That night fingers hurt some as the numbness wore off; nothing major.

- how did you handle bathing, dressing, etc?

[b] I used my left hand as best as I could. You'll be surprised at what you can do when you have to. If you take a shower you have to cover the hand with a plastic bag to keep it dry.[/B

]- how long did it take before you could start using your hand for minor things like typing, driving, carrying light things, etc?

It was a couple of weeks for me. Plus I had to go to one physical therapy appt for them to be sure the hand/fingers were working properly.
I drove the very next day.

- were you able to return to work (non-heavy labor) relatively quickly?

I was off a week; took a week's vacation. I did have typing to do when I got back. I noticed for about a month or so my right hand would get tired while typing.


- my primary concern is the care of my son after family leaves. If you have children, what limitations did you run into after the first couple of weeks when the stitches/bandages came out? Were you able to change diapers, cook, carry in and out of car seat, etc?

I can't advise on that; I'd talk to the doctor about limitations with children, etc. I only had one very small stitch. You'll want to be careful lifting since that hand/wrist will be slightly weaker.

- how long, would you say, it took for relatively decent recovery where you started to feel somewhat normal and could do most everything?

I bounced back pretty quick. After a couple of weeks my hand was fine.

- are you happy with the results?

Yes, very happy. My sister also had this done; anyone who uses their hands in a repeated manner usually develops it. It is not really any big deal, just a small surgical procedure. Good luck.

Thanks in advance for your feedback.[/quote]

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Old 07-29-2009, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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My right hand was done in 1993 with the procedure where they cut into your plam. It was done under a local (my choice over twilight sleep) and I could feel that bone deep pain go as soon as he finished cutting the tendon/ligamnet/whatever theyc ut. It never really hurt much but my hand was wrapped for about 10 days-2 weeks until the staples came out. I could do stuff but my hand as completely restricted and I couldn't use my fingers. The hand was more like a club.

Two years ago I had my left hand done, different state, different doc. This time I had to have twilight sleep (conscious sedation) and he went in just above the wrist and tunneled down. It was not painful, I had a smaller bandage, and it healed quicker.

I am estatic that I had them done!

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Old 08-01-2009, 02:41 PM
 
Location: "The Sunshine State"
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I had it done on my left hand many years ago. The doc wanted to do both. It is a good thing I only had the one done as I lost alot of my strength in the left hand and also now have arthritis in that hand, especially my thumb area.
I still have pain in the hand many years later!
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Old 08-02-2009, 01:25 PM
 
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I am in massage school currently and just learned that a lot can be done to help carpal tunnel with massage and trigger point therapy. Look up a massage therapist that does Trigger Point Therapy and they should be able to help.
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Old 08-02-2009, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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Here's food for thought: my DH went on B6 vitamins and no longer suffers from his painful carpal tunnel...he was considering surgery for the pain but decided to try the B6 treatment. He notices the pain comes back, though not as bad, when he forgets to take the B6 for a couple of days...and that reminds him to keep taking it.

His dosage is one B6-100 daily as well as a good multi-vitamin and some flax-oil capsules for more anti-inflammatory benefits.

Here's some info for you:

Prevention's Healing with Vitamins Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
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Old 08-02-2009, 02:38 PM
 
Location: CA
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Maybe a bottle of B6 is worth a try: "Pyridoxine (B6) supplementation has been shown to... cure carpal tunnel syndrome and eliminate need for surgery." Ref - www.lef.org (search: carpal tunnel B6)

"In several research studies, vitamin B6 deficiency has been associated with carpal tunnel syndrome." Ref link: Carpal Tunnel Relief - Best Natural Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatments
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Old 08-03-2009, 09:12 PM
 
Location: katrina country
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i had both wrists done a few weeks apart and really had no trouble after ward. i waited till they healed before doing any lifting and such,
but all in all it was much better than not being able to feel my hands all the time and them going to sleep on me...
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Old 08-04-2009, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Ocean Shores, WA
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I had both hands done a couple of months apart several years ago.
No problems, and the numbness in my hands was cured.

My wife had one done a couple of months ago.
Evidently they have improved the procedures because she only had a small incision about half an inch long on her wrist, while I had a large scar about three inches long in the palm of my hand.
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Old 01-10-2010, 09:58 AM
 
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Thanks for all this, I believe I have just developed carpal tunnel. In my pointer and middle fingers from excessively clicking/using the mouse. But from what I understand from reading, it also can be developed from sleeping positions. Which I feel may have contributed.
It has been only about a week where I feel numbness/tingling in those two fingers. So I got a hand brace that says it is specifically for ct and wear it at night. And I have been taking B6 for a couple days now.
Hopefully it will subside. Does the numbness ever subside on its own?

I am taking a seriously hard look at the ergonomics of my desk at work now. I thought I was OK, guess not though.
I heard they give you shots to make it subside too. I am guessing surgery is a last option?
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