... Cliff, I had both my hands done & have no limitations at all. I regained full use of both my hands about 3-4 months after surgery. I am pain free in both my hands.
If you are serious about your PT & give yourself enough time to fully recover,
in about 1 year from now, you will have forgotten you had this surgery.
Haydena. (57 replies)
... t dexterity. No pain. Good hand and arm strength. If I'm doing yard work or chores around the house I feel as if it is as good as new. The only after effect from surgery is the skin is still numb on the outboard side of the thumb from the incision to the top joint. ... (57 replies)
... I am a 51 yr old male just completed Basal Joint Surgery on my left non dominant hand. ... (57 replies)
... I'm so glad I didn't listen to the first two surgeons I visited. Both said I would have to quit working as a auto mechanic after having this surgery as it would not hold up to the demands of my career. ... (57 replies)
... dgarafa, can you not appeal the director's decision of not allowing you to play the organ/piano? Is her decision within the law?
Sorry to hear that you lost your job.
I have had both my hands ''fixed'' & I am thrilled with the outcome.
The nerve pain I had in my left hand was'nt too bad, with my right hand, I removed the micro-plastic splint, immersed my entire hand in warm... (57 replies)
... I was not a fan of the nerve pain either. The whole length of the outboard side of my thumb felt like first or second degree burn. Constant with no let up.
Just one part of recovery that has to be dealt with. I wouldn't let that side effect stop me from having my other thumb repaired. (57 replies)
... I too worried about my career as a pianist for years playing with pain before I had surgery. Now I'm better, the church has no organist/pianist, and the director won't hire me back. She doesn't like the time of year I left. I left because of the hand pain. So that is very depressing. I'm here in a state I don't want to be in (nc), moved here 5 years ago---and now without... (57 replies)
... I wonder if surgery can cause a type of ptsd, after a part of us is wounded for so long that there are psychological effects. Just a thought. ... (57 replies)
... Cliff, hope your early recovery is going well. I am at 11 months on nondominant hand. I have stiffness and awkwardness, good grip and pinch strength, some loss of fine motor. However, I am grateful everyday that the oa pain is gone, a good trade-off.
I had some postop problems that not everyone gets...severe burning from nerves that lasted 6 months, infection of the wound,... (57 replies)
... My depression has been seen by my wife for several years. It by definition has been light. Worst part I noticed has been Seasonal Affective Disorder or the common winter blues. I was in a very dark place several months leading up to surgery. I felt a ton of anxiety due to the pain, prospect of loosing my career, financial worries of the future, and general male middle age... (57 replies)
... both hands are fixed. This forum is very helpful and supportive. Thank you to all who were with me too in the beginning! Haydena is one who was with me before surgery when I was whining! ... (57 replies)
... CLIFF, I also need surgery in my other hand, for me, the left. All the pain stopped since my operation on my left hand, though it looks deformed. My dr said if no pain, no operation. ... (57 replies)
... pcb123 I know you still have pain after your surgery----onesage---wanted you to know most experience no more pain after surgery. I know I was told there was a chance of nerve damage, but my Dr. is also the Dr. who is a nerve damage specialist. He fixes other Dr. operations where they damaged ones nerve. So I was blessed to have one of the finest surgeons in his field for... (57 replies)
... d j I want to thank you for filling in your history. I can relate to having anxiety and depression surrounding the impact the pain has had on me previous to surgery and even now 10 months post surgery.. My surgery was in April of 2013 on my left non dominant hand. ... (57 replies)
... I don't know how to answer the subject of depression and dealing with the before and after of CMC arthoplasty but to just relate how it has affected my story. ... (57 replies)
... that you are without pain, which indicates that your surgery was a success. ... (57 replies)
... It has been six weeks since my surgery. Saw my doctor today and he put me off work for another six weeks! I hope these next six weeks go by better than the first half. The hardest part for me by far has been not being able to work or drive or do anything! I am so used to working two jobs and taking care of my self that for that to come to a complete stop has been very... (57 replies)
... I'm 11 months post op from a left thumb CMC arthoplasty and a heavy duty auto mechanic. My results have been fantastic. Yours will be too. ... (14 replies)
... I am sorry your surgery did not work out. ... (5 replies)
... joint so I definitely fall into that category plus I use my hands a lot. I am hoping that this second surgery on my left thumb cmc joint will induce the joint fusion that was intended. Even if it does not fuse correctly, my doctor can use artificial bone graft and that usually works. ... (5 replies)