... if you do indeed have basal joint arthritis, then putting off this surgery is just putting off the inevitable. It's a condition that is only going to get worse, and you can only go so far with conservative management. ... (7 replies)
... Hi cbl, I read your post and what input I can give you is to get your reliable support rounded up, get your environment ready and prepare for surgery because it will most likely get worse and worse in due time. You are putting off the inevitable. I over used my hands all my life. ... (7 replies)
... This surgery is not as bad as you think it is. You will be surprised how you will be able to adapt to being a 1 handed lady. ... (35 replies)
... Karen, I bought a hair dryer stand and ended up not using it--I discovered that I could maneuver enough with my available fingers on the operative hand to blow dry my bangs, then I just scrunched the rest of my hair to make it wavy and let it air dry. So the dryer stand sits half assembled and never used. I don't normally wear makeup, so I can't give any advice on that,... (35 replies)
... orry about drying my hair as I use a blow dryer and brush. I think I'm going to look for a stand for my dryer to set on the counter. I've had both ankle and knee surgery and managed with one leg, so I'll manage with one arm! Actually, I had shoulder surgery, but it was so long ago I don't remember much about managing things. ... (35 replies)
... Hi d j,
Wonderful to read how well you are doing now. Congrats.
The muscles in your arm & upper arm need to be massaged. I suggest you use an oil & massage the muscles yourself, daily, especially after a shower.
It's a great feeling!
Continue to progress & good luck to you.
Haydena. (27 replies)
... My surgery will be on my right hand. ... (27 replies)
... dominant left hand, and yes, I do feel twinges of pain in my right basal joint now that it's being favored. I have a neoprene support that I will start wearing to give it some relief. ... (27 replies)
... Hurray for you
I hope this is the first in a long string of successes. One of the studies l read said that strength continues to increase over 6 years following surgery. To me that is very encouraging and although my hand strength is great, I look forward to it returning to the level it was before I started to baby it due to pain.
Thanks for sharing your great news
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... weeks post surgery update. ... (27 replies)
... The MP joint is the first knuckle joint of your thumb. ... (35 replies)
... know it could end up being even worse than expected! And I am starting to have pain towards the index finger, which I don't know if it's just radiating from the CMC joint or the trapezium is rubbing on something else. ... (35 replies)
... Hi Sue,
Wow & congrats to you for being able to post here so soon after your surgery.
Take care with the Percocet as you can become addicted to it. It is a rather strong pain killer.
Mornings are better pain wise because we have had sleep. The majority of patients do experience more pain in the afternoons, evenings & nights.
Are you keeping your arm raised? are you... (11 replies)
... Hi everyone, I had my surgery on May 7. My arm was numb for the first 12 hours afterward thanks to the nerve block. ... (11 replies)
... ce I can give you is to know that even doctors don't know everything. Take for example mine, my doc never mentioned needing to place a pin either, but during my surgery he discovered that my MP joint was seriously hyper extended and that if that was not addressed then the LRTI arthroplasty portion would fail. ... (35 replies)
... Attitude is everything while dealing with this surgery and recovery. ... (27 replies)
... Hi d j,
So good to read your delightful news. I wish you good luck on returning to your work.
You are a fine example to all men!
I am 13 weeks post op & doing pretty well. I have regained full use of my hand (right)
My family doctor told me to use a scar gel on my scar when I have the burning sensation. Thankfully this gel helps. Because my right hand is my dominant... (27 replies)
... and mine isn't quite there yet. Let us know how things go and pop in once in a while to encourage the guys who are having this surgery and are outnumbered. ... (27 replies)
... I really think my attitude going into this surgery and recovery process has helped tremendously. My decision to replicate the tasks learned at physical therapy at home and do them every day was huge. ... (27 replies)
... this was 2 in less than 6 months. He said he does not recommend surgery even though it would end all my pain. ... (0 replies)