I've been under care through workers comp for bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome and tendinitis in my thumbs for almost 2 years. It's decision time, as I've now developed a trigger finger on each hand, and I am continually frustrated with the things I cannot do. The triggering in the middle finger of my right hand is disabling and disruptive in daily living. (Guess that's why I have a disability rating, huh? Doesn't mean I like it...) I saw the worker's comp doc a couple of weeks ago, and need to decide by when I see him Sept. 18 if I want to do the surgery on my right hand or not. The deadline is mine, as then the surgery will take place in November, on a timeframe that is least disruptive to my work schedule. The problem is that I hear success stories, I hear horror stories, I am told yes! have the surgery, and no! don't do it! My biggest fear is that the surgery will end up making things worse. On the other hand, it could also have a wonderful outcome. I'd love to be able to crochet, and garden, and, and, and... again. I don't know how to make this decision. I am tired of the pain, afraid of the progression of symptoms because of the new symptoms of triggering, and afraid of how the FMS will figure into the surgery and recovery as well. My massage therapist says she can help me, but the doc won't order the therapy, and it's expensive. I'm also not convinced massage is more than palliative, and I want a cure. There are many bright and insightful minds on this board. I would appreciate your thoughts and experiences about this dilemma of mine. I am confused and upset and don't know how to sort it all out anymore. Thank you! Beth.