Has anyone had carpul tunnel survery and ulnar nerve

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Dara, Oct 4, 2002.

  1. Dara

    Dara New Member

    entrapment release surgeries? I am scheduled to see the neuro surgeon in about a month and my PCP already told me that I most likely will be having these surgeries, both arms. Has anyone already had these surgeries, and if so, what can I expect? Like what is the approximate recovery time, do you know if they put you completely out, and would they do only one of the surgery's at a time?? Any answers would be greatly appreciated. I am BIG CHICKEN when it comes to surgeries, hate to be put under.

    Dara
  2. Dara

    Dara New Member

    entrapment release surgeries? I am scheduled to see the neuro surgeon in about a month and my PCP already told me that I most likely will be having these surgeries, both arms. Has anyone already had these surgeries, and if so, what can I expect? Like what is the approximate recovery time, do you know if they put you completely out, and would they do only one of the surgery's at a time?? Any answers would be greatly appreciated. I am BIG CHICKEN when it comes to surgeries, hate to be put under.

    Dara
  3. clueless

    clueless New Member

    I had carpal tunnel on both arms many years ago. I decided in case it was a painful surgery I had better get it all done at once and have it over with. They put me all the way under as this is a surgery that is around the nerves. It was quite a quick recovery ,can`t remember just how long. You should not go back to the repetetive motions that you were using before the surgery. Good luck to you and a ((hug)) for comfort.
  4. achy

    achy New Member

    I have one doc says I do have CT another says I don't.
    What are your symptoms if I may ask??
    I get numbness in all my fingers...heck my whole hand falls asleep. I get the tingling. I get a sharp pain in the webbing of my thumb. Then, I think this it the FM My whole hand will ache BAD..tearful type bad. Starts kinda in my plam and radiates out?? If you have it I'm sure youl understand.
    I wish you the best...keep us posted.
    Achy

    I have filed for SSD and they are sending me to a neruologist...kewl. I was going to make anm appointment with one..now they can pay for it!! LOL
  5. debrastets

    debrastets New Member

    I had left hand done about 7 years ago than right hand done last july!It is back in left hand and i have rsd in right hand!I was a wake both times and had no problems with my left! What a mess! Anyway i have never heard of rsd until i got after hand surgery last year! It dont happen to everyone but ask your doctor about it.I havent been able to us my right hand at all after last Surgery. Good luck and God bless!Oh be sure and ask your doctor about something to clam you down before you go in ! It will help alote!
  6. Micki

    Micki New Member

    Hi Dara,
    This is my first time to this board but seems to be a bunch of really nice folks! Your question kind of just jumped-out at me as I have been totally & completely symptom free from CTS since July of 1990! I'm not a doctor but I've been a paramedic for the last 19 years and I think it's really a shame to see so many people who have these symptoms {you could read them off to each patient and they would swear you were describing them personally!) who are so afraid to have the surgery, so much so that they are willing to go through months and sometimes years of messing with braces, anti-inflamatory meds and other such things!!

    It seems like forever ago but I do remember the symptoms came on gradually, starting with the numbness in the first three fingers on each hand, getting to the point of being so painful that all I could do was sit and cry with it!! I would rather have another baby than go through that pain again and I had all three of my boys by NATURAL CHILDBIRTH!!

    There was one thing that I learned from my own experience with Carpal Tunnel and that is the fact that there are different degree's of the disease and the symptoms vary somewhat in each stage but are consistant! My family doctor had told me I had CT but did not go into any further detail, I got a referral to a surgeon {an orthopod who does hands only! there are more and more of them around I hear! The orthe explained to me that I had stage IV CT and that if I had waited much longer to have this treated that I might well have suffered a certain amount of permant nerve damage in my hands! The surgeon also mentioned something else I had thought to be really interesting that my family doctor had never mentioned. I had heard that CT was primarily caused by repetitive motion but was told that while that is very true many more women have CT that has been caused by fluid retention over the years as well as fluid retention from pregnancy! That made a whole lot of sense to me as I did not have a job that caused me to have that type of motion {although it is a very physical job} but I do get A LOT of fluid retention in my wrists and ankles every month and I had just had my second son in March of 1990, about three and a half months before I finally had the surgery! To make this a little shorter {I know, NOW she tries to be short..........jezzz!} I had both hands done, one week apart! I think if I had done both hands done at the same time I would have been kind of helpless. The incision for the surgery is in the palm, not the wrist {although I have seen people who have had their surgery done through the wrist, my surgeon said that the surgery was more effective and easier to do when done through the wrist} and with the stitches in my palm I was kind of sore for a week with each hand! I have to say it was not really that horribly painful, just uncomfortable and sore, and I did not really want to use my hands due to the uncomfortable pull of the stitches, once they were out though I was back to myself within a few days!! I have never had another symptom of CT in all of these years although I have read that a small number of patients will experience a return of symptoms due to scar tissue but that this takes years to happen if it happens at all!

    Sorry for going on so long but I remember like it was yesterday how horribly painful it was and I would encourage anyone with CT to have the surgery!! It is only my opinion but I think I would do the same again in going to a surgeon who specialized in surgery of the hand only as I've heard it said patients get better results that way!

    Good luck and take care of you, you've only got one you!
    If there's anything I can do to help or you just feel like chatting just drop me an e-mail!
    Take care,
    God Bless,
    Micki


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  7. clueless

    clueless New Member

    My arms + hands would go to sleep and wake me up in the night. Dangeling them off the sides of the bed was all that would bring them to and the pain was terrific as the numbness worked out of them. The surgery was very successful. Luck to you !!

  8. Dara

    Dara New Member

    I am curious, what is rsd?? I've never heard of it and I keep trying to think of what it stand for and can't come up with anything. Since I have the carpul tunnel and ulnar nerve entrapment, when I wake up my first three fingers are numb, painful, and stiff, the ring finger and pinkie I can't move because of the ulnar nerve entrapment. I can't even hold a cup of coffee or open my medication bottles. This is very painful and I'm hoping the surgeries will take care of it. This will be very interesting what happens with this because I am due to return to work November 15 from my leave of absence and my appointment with the neurosurgeon is on the 19th of November. I would imagine that if I go back and work for 4 days and tell them I have to be off for six weeks for surgery I'm sure I'll be let go. But I haven't really decided about returning to work, at this point I don't see how I can.

    Dara
  9. debrastets

    debrastets New Member

    Reflex sympathetic dystrophy!Anyone can get it; just type in rsd and it will come up! I hand work with a ect.sander for years that started my ct .You can get it from injury ! Read about it !My hands swell i cant hold things and they are trying to curl up it has spread in my arm and neck numness;cool air hurt it.I am awake tonight becauce its all kicking my butt and cant sleep.The weather we are haveing in Texas changes so much and that makes everything hurt! Good luck! But to read about it!
  10. dlizard

    dlizard New Member

    I have to laugh because yeah....... I had the release done bilaterally in the early 90's. It helped alot too! I'm just beginning to have these problems again now and the doc told me I had one of the worst cases he had ever seen and it would inevitably be back at some time.... I think the newer laser surgery is much easier than the old open procedure... but I'd tell ya hands down to have the operation cause it helped me so much!!!! Good luck!
  11. suetimestwo

    suetimestwo New Member

    I agree with Mel. Please check out Active Release Therapy. After having back, neck pain and headaches for five years I went back to my company doctor (original injury was job related and had to use their doctor) who sent me to a rehab site where I was lucky to get a guy trained in ART. After 6 treatments I as 90% pain free. Unfortunatly it kicked my CFS into overdrive. Not a bad thing in that it got me to do more research on my CFS and get to work taking the steps I need to do get better.
    Not many people have heard of ART and finding someone in your area that is trained could be difficult but it's better than being cut on.

    Good Luck - Susan[This Message was Edited on 10/07/2002]