... Hi there keri445, sorry to hear what is happening to you.
I also have spinal arthritis - I am 34yrs old but have had a "bad back" for well over a decade before I finally done something about it last year and was diagnosed.
I get ultrasound treatment at the Physiotherapist and I find this helps me in a HUGE way! At first I was seeing him weekly until I spread out to... (4 replies)
... Are there any other web arthritis specific forums where I might post my story? ... (14 replies)
... I too, have similar problems to you. I have a degenerated disc in my back and last year started having tingling in my right thigh with pain in my right hip/groin area. I diagnosed myself as having Meralgia Paresthetica (from the Mayo Clinic web site). I had to show it to my primary care dr. as he had no clue. Anyway, he sent me to a physical therapist who gave me some... (3 replies)
... I DID have ligament/tendon reconstruction----and it went well and my hand is as strong as it was when I was 30 years old. It's just "normal". I totally recommend this surgery if anyone of you out there need it. I was scared and procrastinated and didn't think I would be able to play the piano and didn't understand how it would work without a bone, but it does! And my hand... (26 replies)
... I had my surgery April 30 2013. I wish I had done it sooner! I had a bad case and need the left done too. I was not in much pain until they took the surgery splint/cast off. Then it's nerve pain, but that's expected. And it was bad, I'm not going to say it wasn't, but after my hard cast was taken off and PT started it was downhill fast from there.
You'll be glad you... (26 replies)
... I had basal joint surgery a week ago tomorrow. ONE WEEK AGO tomorrow. My doc also said it was one of the worst cases of basal joint arthritis he'd seen. My joint was "bone-on-bone" for six years. My doc does NOT harvest a tendon and roll it into an "anchovy" and place it where the trapezium was removed. Instead, he connects the thumb to a remaining bone in the hand with a... (26 replies)
... I'm glad my posts have helped. Hope all goes well for your surgery.
Stay positive. There is light at the end of the tunnel for this condition. The surgery is a solid repair and will serve you well into old age with good results.
I'm now 10 months post op. Hand feels great. It doesn't swell up any longer. I can work with out regard to protecting it from injury. Altho I'd... (76 replies)
... Thank you DJ for taking the time to share with us your journey from beginning to end. It is the best information I have found searching all over the web!! I will be having this surgery in two days! Dec. 9th. I can say I feel alot more at peace about it after reading your posts! Thank you, thank you, thank you! I hope everything is still going great for you!:) (76 replies)
... I am still trying to decide whether to have the LRTI procedure, even though I cancelled my surgery. Little by little, I am reading up on the web, rather than just freaking out or rushing into anything. I also want to talk to my surgeon again. He does only hands and specializes in LRTI.
Also, does anyone know about, or has anyone had, basal joint fusion, and what kind of... (6 replies)
... Thank you so much for the information. All I was getting is bad results. Do you think only the bad results are in the web site? ... (28 replies)
... I'm sorry to hear you had such a bad experience with your dominant hand. When it comes to any doctor's recommendation for a surgical solution I go and research the options available. My doctor never mentioned fusion, but recommended arthroplasty (what you had). I went on the net and looked at everything I could regarding arthritis of the thumb and found there were 2 common... (8 replies)
... not always good and can cause other problems i.e migraine and also they can be inefective and or short lasting. Suggest you look up cortisone injections on the web and see for yourself. I'm still trying to find a solution with pillow heights and tablets but not geeting very far. ... (15 replies)
... Glad you seem to be coming along pretty well with your hand. I had carpel tunnel surgery several years ago and it wasn't bad at all. You will probably get most of the pain from the thumb portion of your surgery.
At the beginning of this thread I read how a lady had pinned two double bed pillow together and put rolled up towels inside them to keep her hand elevated. I... (90 replies)
... nd they need to be manipulated so they don't freeze up from being confined so long. Both the surgeon and the PT said the scar area can be painful because of the web of nerves they cut. I don't know why she would tell you your pain is not from surgery! She's an idiot! ... (90 replies)
... It's not something that you did. It's when infection sets in. We are not permitted to give out links on this forum so I suggest you do a search on the web about your problem. ... (131 replies)
... Hi Gingertea,
Did you buy or order online the Traumeel homeopathic cream I have been telling everyone here about? You need to rub it onto your scar, hand & wrist. It will work wonders for you.
Nope I did not complain during my recovery time because I heeled so well & fast. Yes I have regained the use of my hand 100%. I started using my hand for everything after 2 1/2... (90 replies)
... where my stitches were, but when it came off that area was still sore to the touch. Found out it wasn't the cast making the area tender. It was from the little web of nerves they have to cut through. After 3 months it's still tender to the touch, but the PT is working on it. ... (90 replies)
... home mom, and I have the EXACT same thing going on with my right thumb. I was looking all over the web for someone with the same problem, and hoped to find out why I might be having such trouble with my thumb. ... (6 replies)
... Hi Gingertea,
WOW, this is good news. Sounds like you have a good physiotherapist who knows his job. I am pleased its working well for you & thanks for telling us.
Good luck with your healing.
Haydena. (90 replies)
... he massages my hand for about 10 minutes. He explains a lot more about the surgery and the healing process than any surgeon or web site. He explains why certain areas burn, or hurt or are stiffer than others. He is more realistic about the recovery time than the standard "3 months". ... (90 replies)