... Thanks for your update Stamm, good to hear your positive news. You are right in wearing the hard splint when you feel the need for it.
By early next year you will be ready to have your left had fixed & you'll have so much more confidence with your recovery. (I've been there, done that!)
Its actually better to have the surgery in winter than summer as your hand will feel... (19 replies)
... Redbird - thanks for stopping by and letting us compare notes. I completely agree - being able to read what someone else has experienced is valuable in terms of knowing what you're getting into. The doctor and I talked about just that yesterday - he warns patients this is a serious surgery with a lengthy recovery but many don't get it and then at about 2 weeks post-surgery,... (19 replies)
... I asked today about surgery for the left hand and he said he wants the right to be "top notch" before proceeding. I asked about early 2015 and he said that seems reasonable. ... (19 replies)
... Stamm, I have been reading your progress reports and comparing as you are a month ahead of me. I am trying to post my progress as well for comparative purposes plus inject some of the differences along the way. I think reading about other patient's experiences is most helpful in understanding how your own progress is developing. Thank you for your postings and wish you well... (19 replies)
... Bravo to you Stamm, you are recovering nicely.
14 weeks will fly by!
Keep us informed please.
Happy healing to you.
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... Stamm, great to hear your therapy and recovery are going so well. You have a positive attitude send realistic expectation, you best allies. (19 replies)
... Tomorrow marks 9 weeks and I continue to improve. I overdid things a few days ago and had quite a bit of aching in my thumb and swelling in my hand. It was a combination of doing too much of the exercises plus some pinching activity (which I thought was mild but apparently not). Nothing that some tylenol and ice couldn't help.
I was supposed to see my doctor for a... (19 replies)
... I was able after a few days to do anything one handed, one arm---a little creativity, but had to hold the surgery hand above the chest---the sling helps with that. I'd say, you can compromise. I looked at it this way---there are people out there with no arm or hand and they lead normal lives and compromise.
Open a jar, put it between your feet and open it with the good... (24 replies)
... I want to thank all of you. You have answered about all of my questions on the basal joint surgery. I have had problems for some years on my right hand, bonus that I am left handed. Have had cortisone injections which do not work anymore. ... (24 replies)
... Good to hear about your progress Stamm. I remember that divine feeling of freedom when my micro-plastic splint was removed from both my hands.
Your hand will continue to feel squished & weird, as time passes these feelings will vanish.
Remember to hydrate your hand with Vit E cream or cocoa butter cream as the skin needs to be moisturized.
I found that placing my hands in a... (19 replies)
... Tomorrow will be 8 weeks since surgery. My therapist today gave me permission to stay out of the plastic splint all the time except for heavy activities or while in a crowd. I have a soft neoprene splint I that I will wear at night at least for a while for some protection.
My hand is still very squished from having been in the splint. The therapist has been working to relax... (19 replies)
... Great progress update, Stamm, way to go.
Your plan of action is a good one. Twice weekly therapy is excellent. Only remember, if it hurts, stop & rest your hand. Also, continue keeping your arm raised when sleeping & try to keep your hand raised when awake, whilst relaxing your elbow & shoulder.
You are very well on your road to recovery. I am pleased for you. Continue... (19 replies)
... 7-week update: both my hand and patience are improving ;).
Yesterday was my first therapy appointment. She didn't do any hands-on work because she wants to check with my doctor to find out more precisely what he did. She did do some measurements and emphasized the importance of getting wrist range of motion back. Before I can build strength, I need range. She showed me one... (19 replies)
... Yesterday was 6 weeks post surgery and the week to start therapy. As I was headed to my appointment today, I had a blowout on the highway. ... (19 replies)
... Thanks for the reminder about patience :). I was just emailing a friend who knows all about trying situations. She broke both wrists when she fell a couple of years ago, at the same time I had one broken wrist. We commiserated then and she's supporting me again now. She knows how frustrating it can be to do nothing but wait for healing, but that is a major part of success with... (19 replies)
... For the burning you are experiencing, use an ice pack which will really help.
Stretch your fingers gently, take it real slow, so as not to get that cramping in your forearm, allowing your shoulder to relax. We have many nerves in our hands & wrists. During your invasive surgery, ''things'' were moved around! You need to allow your hand & wrist to settle down, so please try to... (19 replies)
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... weeks after surgery and I have a way to go still... ... (19 replies)
... I believe if the surgery was done properly you should not be experiencing any kind of pain at all. My surgeon told me this surgery is for life! ... (67 replies)
... Visit with my surgeon today. Right basal joint deteriorating at a steady pace. Also have been experiencing pain and swelling from my left CMC Arthroplasty. ... (67 replies)