Wrist Problems

Discussion in 'General OFF TOPIC' started by joel, Feb 17, 2018.

  1. joel

    joel Senior Member

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    Anyone here have any experience with carpal tunnel surgery and or torn tendons in the wrist?
     
  2. Joyflyin

    Joyflyin Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator

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    Not as of yet...however, I expect it in my future due to many of my former & present jobs/ hobbies. ;) My father had surgery a few years ago for it, I know he had a lot of numbness in his hand. I can't remember exactly the difference, but if you have numbness of the pinky & ring finger it was one tendon, and if you had numbness of the arm and other fingers it was a different tendon. It was something like that, but I really don't remember the specifics. I think one tendon was up higher in the arm, closer to the elbow.
     
  3. jamesearl

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    Only experience I have is being tested for it.They stuck a tack sized needle in the ball of both hands,and said I have it,both hands.I'd been a painter for over 20 years.Got to the point I was dropping brushes because of weakness/numbness.I'd also like to know any results.Of course,they give you no guarantees of success after surgery.That's why I didn't do it.
     
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    One of my coworkers had the surgery a year or so ago, he was glad he did it. Same deal, lots of numbness, but I for the life of me cannot remember which nerves were which. His was up near the elbow I believe, and I do remember that he had to take quite a bit of time off work for it and the therapy carried over even after he returned. I'm thinking he was out about 6 weeks. My dad on the other hand, thinks yard work is therapy, but he doesn't have the numbness any more. I would say if you feel okay about your doctor, you should go for it. If you don't have confidence in the doctor, I would find another doctor.
     
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  5. joel

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    I go to the hand specialist at 10:00 am Wednesday for the testing and maybe x ray.
    Left wrist has torn tendon, there is a protruding lump, 1 inch long 1/4 inch wide, right has a bump about the same area.
    L&I doctor thought it was a blood vain until she came over to my side of the room and pushed on it. She had me put pointy and thumb together as she inter locked hers with mine, the right hand I was able to keep mine together as she pulled her hand away, left hand didn't pass that test, said I will need it fixed.
    I have shooting pain top side of both thumbs, and the left wring up the inside of the forearm just past the tendon that is in question.
    Right middle finger tip just past the center of the finger nail woke me up a few nights ago hurting as if I smashed it with a hammer while putting shingles on a roof in sub zero temp, aka a lot.
    I know both can't be repaired at the same time. Hope to be healed by riding season, just not sure what riding season I'll be ready for.
    Makes me think about these pro baseball players that wait until spring training to have some type of surgery done.
     
  6. Joyflyin

    Joyflyin Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator

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    Yeah, they only have all winter to do that! But yes, in your case, I almost think you have nothing to lose. My nephew just had Lasik surgery, he's been after me to do it, but I'm old, and I am scared of that! LOL, To me wearing glasses/contacts out weighs the slight risk of eye surgery. However, if there was no work around, and there was a lot of pain & impact of quality of life, I'd be next in line! Personally, I'm waiting on the spine replacement to get rid of the back issues. :( Even a partial spine replacement would help. Unfortunately, my father was a bit too generous with his arthritis. He has severe arthritis pretty much every where, but he keeps on trucking. I will miss him severely when he's gone. :( But I will enjoy mom & dad as much as possible while I have them!
     
  7. jamesearl

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    Never heard of spine replacement.Fusion but that's it.I had a lamenectomy,cause herniated discs,and now they want to do the fusion thing,no guarantees and might come out worse or just stay the same.1 surgery didn't last,not much faith in another.I have heard that the Lasik is prone to shadowy night vision.Or worse.
     
  8. Joyflyin

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    Yeah, I haven't found a doctor to attempt the spine replacement. I guess that is my window of opportunity to invent something to make me rich huh? ;) I was kind of joking about that...but oh my what a game changer that would be! The lasik, I was serious about. I know people that have had great success with it, and I know people that are wishing they had a rewind button on life as well. To me, that is not worth the risk. Glasses/contacts can be annoying at times, but at least they are not damaging my eyes. ;)
     
  9. joel

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    Test on both wrist show moderately abnormal. This I thought was shocking as I didn't think it was going to be a mental test.
    She did have to retest both with a higher voltage setting to get a better signal on the graph.
    Now a wait and see on nerve damage and to get into the hand specialist for the tendon issue.
     
  10. jamesearl

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    Controlled zapping!