~~Carpal Tunnel~~ Have You Been Helped by Surgery??

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by texasmaia, Sep 26, 2005.

  1. texasmaia

    texasmaia New Member

    My carpal tunnel is getting really bad. I know that I am reaching the stage that docs will say that surgery is next step. I am wondering if it works all the time, don't want to prolong it and suffer if I don't have to. How long did they let you go before operating on it? Any side effects? Did it completely go away?

    Can't afford all the extra expense right now either though..aghhh.....

    Tell me your experience, please.

    I have it in both wrists. Right is worse.

    Blessings to you,
    Maia
  2. ontariogirl

    ontariogirl New Member

    I had it done about 10 years ago and have never regretted it at all.

    They were able to do the laser surgery which meant a tiny 4 stitch incision on my wrists.

    I had both wrists done at the same time and the only big problem I had was showering--try holding on to soap with plastic bags covering hands to protect bandaging!!

    Lifting anything was a little painful but not for to long. I was back to work 2 weeks to the day of the surgery, still being careful about how much weight I would pick up.

    It went completly away and I've not been bothered by it since. I live in Canada so can't help with your expense question.

    Good luck and all I can say is that I'm happy I had it done..

    Marlene
  3. maggiemae55

    maggiemae55 New Member

    on both hands (but not at the same time) best thing i did! barely any pain, had it done on thurs and back to the work monday, with just a bandaid. i had a local for it, in out- patient surgery, went right home and made the kids do the cookin' and cleanin' for as long as i could!

    really very easy and immediate relief, as soon as the local wore off the numbness and pain was gone.

    no side effects, i waited too long only due to my stubborness :)

    hope this helps!

    warmly,
    maggie
  4. Leenerbups

    Leenerbups New Member

    Before you get surgery, PLEASE look up a NMT (Nueromuscular Therapy)specialist. They are massage therapists specially trained to relieve carpal tunnel, whiplash, TMJ and sciatica.
  5. bozey

    bozey New Member

    I had surgery on my right wrist in '96. It turned out great. Only took about 3 weeks before I was back to routine.

    However, I had surgery done on my left wrist by another Dr.in 2003 and it didn't turn out so great. By no fault by my Dr. I am told. I contracted RSD in the surgery site and it took 10 months to heal and before I was released to go back to work but not at the work I was doing because I was a meat clerk and because of the RSD, I couldn't do the cold.

    Of course as usual, I had never heard of RSD until it happened to me.

    Apparently, it can happen with any surgery. They, of course don't know why. I do know, that now that I have RSD, I can't have any more surgerys because I'm more apt to have the same thing happen. And trust me, that was not fun.

    But, before the RSD, yes I would recommend the surgery because there is nothing to it and it is usually a quick recovery. And to be out of the awful pain before the surgery was worth it.

    I don't mean to scare you with the RSD stuff but it is a reality and can happen to anyone apparently.

    I hope this helped more than scare you

    bozey
  6. sofy

    sofy New Member

    but manage mine with wrist braces. When it starts to get bad I put them on 24/7 until its better. Im also very conscious about how I use my hands.

    I had a friend who was scheduled for surgery and someone told her to try accupuncture, she did and cancelled surgery and that was 10 years ago.

    The above mentioned massage therapy can work too. Before taking the risks associated with surgery I hope you investigate some safer alternatives. You can always have surgery if all else fails.

    Remember if you ask a surgeon his opinion on what to do it is most likely he will say you need surgery. That what they know and how they make a living.
  7. rrsbaby

    rrsbaby New Member

    and it really helped her. She had both hans done a couple of months apart.

    rrsbaby
  8. elizabeth136854

    elizabeth136854 New Member

    I had sugery twice on each hand,physical therapy for 5 years between surgeries,I have cts again in both hands,I went from being very active to being disable,now I have all of the following right frozen shoulder,back and neck problems,cervical degenerative disease, FIBROMYALGIA PAIN SYNDROME,fatigue depression and anxiety problems.
    im only 41 years old I have my good days and bad still learning to deal with everday problems please make sure you have a good doctor not just a orthopaedic dr put one who specializes in cts and keep in mind everyone and every case is different asks questions, I wish you the best in what ever you you choose to do and who knows it might work for you and you might not ever have any problems good luck !!!
  9. razorqueen

    razorqueen Member

    for carpal tunnel. They are doing it in Europe. They do the surgery at the base of the neck, apparantely that is where to problem actually takes place. Pinched nerves or something. They surgery they do on the wrists is just more of a quick fix rather than a permanent repair. The recovery time is much longer, 6 months or something like that. But then, apparantly you don't have every worry about it agian. Who knows? Just something I heard the other day.
    Raz
  10. spmary

    spmary New Member

    I had the surgery but didn't do too well. could be because I fell and fractured a small bone in wrist a few weeks later. I have heard that chiropractors treat it. don't know anyone that has tried that. and what is RSD? I still have a problem but also have arthritis in hands, feet and everywhere. But the pain was relieved right after the surgery, so my problems were probably due to the brokeden wrist and arthritis. LOL, Mary
  11. Greenbean7

    Greenbean7 New Member

    I had my left wrist done about 1993. It relieved all the symptoms and am very happy I had it done.

    I was off work as a secretary for 6 weeks and it took some more time to get the really fine motor skills back. I embroider and that was tough for a while.

    The biggest problem after the surgery was when I decided to take a bath when no one was home but me. I did ok getting my hair wet, but then had to put some shampoo on it. I wasn't allowed to use my had at all the first 10 days and it was heavily bandaged.

    I took the shampoo bottled and put what I thought was the usual amount on the top of my head. Before I could set the bottle down I had shampoo running off my head. I put my hand up to it and I must have poured a quarter cup of Head and Shoulders on it!

    If you've ever used Head and Shoulders you know that is quite thick and BLUE! I rinsed and rinsed and rinsed using just my right hand. The water turned blue. I had drain the tub and refill it while I sat there in the blue water.

    Lesson learned: you should pamper yourself and go have your hair washed at the salon!

    Hugss,
    Greenbean
  12. kbak

    kbak Member

    Maia,
    I put off carpel tunnel surgery for to long. It was a HUGE help. I feel stupid waiting so long with the great improvement I had. That was a yr. ago. I had my elbow done too in Aug. I eliminated so much pain.
  13. dragenfli

    dragenfli New Member

    I told my chiro that I had been dxd with it and she told me about the neck thing also--that it starts there or in the elbows. Mine is both. She is treating it when it acts up and when I can get to her. Otherwise I just use compression gloves i got at Wal-Mart for less than 10 bucks that work well--they provide gentle nonrestrictive support and retain heat also. I'm not a surgery fan--I saw my mother have it on both hands and she still has numbness and trouble with moving them 2+ years later. No thanks not if I can try other alternatives.
  14. texasmaia

    texasmaia New Member

    ..it sounds like many of you have found great relief through surgery. I will put it off until winter. I work for a grain company and we are in the middle of fall harvest right now, so it will be busy until Thanksgiving.

    I don't worry much about surgery. I have had about five in the past. I believe the Lord gave us brilliant minds to bring technology into play for our benefit. Thank goodness we live in a country that it can be done.

    Thanks to all,

    Maia

  15. LittleBluestem

    LittleBluestem New Member

    Similar symptoms can be produced by problems that originate elsewhere in the arm, shoulder or neck. A chiropractor or physical therapist can tell the difference. When I had carpel tunnel like symptoms, my chiro said that it was really in the shoulder and was able to relieve it.

    My father had carpel tunnel surgery. I left large scars and was only partially successful. He now thinks the 'carpel tunnel' was related to shoulder problems that he also had.

    My sister has had good luck with the wrist braces.
  16. goodma

    goodma New Member

    I had surgery in both hands and it was successful. Also had to have surgery for cubital tunnel in both elbows. I had 4 surgeries in 1 year.

    I tried physical therapy, wearing braces and nothing helped but the surgery.

    Good luck