... 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)
... f you will get your strength and movement back, but you are in the early days of healing, so don't worry you will get there. The nerves were moved around during surgery and then affected by swelling, takes months for healing. Each milestone... ... (5 replies)
... Thanks so much for your encouragement..............so weird...............yesterday I felt really great - today not so good............it is indeed a roller coaster............I have read and appreciate your posts on the board .............your tips were so helpful preparing for this surgery.................I know I must give this time, and be patient..............I will keep... (5 replies)
... The stiffness & numbness you are experiencing will go, you can be sure of that.
It does take time, so dont worry too much about it.
For the stiffness, you can place your entire hand in a large bowel of hot as you can take, water & gently wiggle your fingers, rotate your wrist, leaving your hand to soak for up to 10 minutes. Remove your hand, dry it & cream it liberally as it... (5 replies)
... ent. I have heard this recovery takes a long time. I am now in a hand splint only, and faithfully do my exercises 5 times per day. Has anyone who has had this surgery experienced finger issues afterwards? ... (5 replies)
... 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)
... 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)
... 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)
... 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 am a 51 yr old male just completed Basal Joint Surgery 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)