... Oooh, I love lavender--I will definitely have to look for that California Baby cream! (5 replies)
... Karen, I have two pieces of silicone patches that I use while sleeping for 3 months---this is an EXCELLENT treatment--it flattens and diminishes the scars. My OT gave them to me and assured me when I was skeptical. I wash them off every morning.
The one on my thumb I keep on with a neoprene splint (after the hard splint was removed) and the one on my forearm I tape on with... (5 replies)
... I have used the gel patches and they work really well. For my thumb surgery the hand therapist even supplied them. That being said, the incisions from my thumb surgery never were very raised or bumpy. I think that having the glue used leads to a better scar. ... (5 replies)
... it is BETTER than my other hand which still has the CMC arthritis. ... (7 replies)
... Agreed this surgery is frightening, but your thumb will not get any better, in actual fact it will get worse. I am sorry to tell you this. The longer you wait the harder it is, in every way. ... (7 replies)
... nerals for quite a while and it is really easy to apply with a brush. You might want to try it or try using a sponge if you are using a liquid. By a week after surgery you will be able to hold something light like a small brush between your fingers for a minute or two, so you will be able to manage. ... (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)
... 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)
... Everyone around here is in the middle of their recoveries, but it will be nice having another surgery buddy for my next hand in July. You will be recovering right before me. ... (35 replies)
... weeks post surgery update. ... (27 replies)
... t hand too, and I still can't write yet because I can't grip a pen. So it's slow going for sure, my biggest accomplishment so far has been being able to touch my thumb to my index finger lol. But I am sticking with it. ... (4 replies)
... She's 9 weeks out from her surgery and has completed 2 weeks of physical therapy and already has significant range of motion back on her thumb. So that was very encouraging! ... (4 replies)
... I would not suggest postponing surgery. Not to say it is going to be a walk in the park managing after the surgery either. That being said, I am 3 days shy of 6 weeks postop arthroplasty of right thumb. ... (35 replies)
... Karen, the only thing that concerns me is your question about being able to lift your grandchildren 5-6 weeks after the surgery--the older one being ~26 pounds is a concern, and the fact that the younger one will still be a newborn, relying completely on your ability to support her with both arms is also worrisome. Perhaps someone who has passed that point can address it, but... (35 replies)
... roplasty will eventually fail because if your MP joint is hyperextended and that isn't fixed it will eventually affect the rest. And then you will have had this surgery for nothing. ... (35 replies)
... I started having right thumb symptoms in early 2011. Was diagnosed in Nov. and given a steroid shot which left me pain free for three months. Got a second one that lasted about 3 months. ... (35 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)
... If you would you like to give us more information or ask us specific questions of how to take care of yourself, go ahead please, your questions will be answered.
Is it your left or right hand?
Haydena. (70 replies)
... I have responded to you a few times in other threads you posted in. One just last night when you posted in my thread. I shared my miserable experience. And others are responding to you also. So you are getting responses if you just go read them. (70 replies)
... this message is out there to anyone who is recovering from lrti anthroplasty thumb surgery. I am 35 days out and limited in taking care of myself. ... (70 replies)