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#1 Buttons

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Posted 27 June 2008 - 01:45 AM

I saw the orthopaedic surgeon yesterday, after having positive nerve conduction tests done in January of this year & being referred to him by my Rheumatologist.
I have been having problems with tingling, pins & needles & numbness in my hands for quite some time which has been getting much worse in recent months. The surgeon was lovely but said that I may have some permanent nerve damage due to the numbness which now spreads right up my arm. So he said it would be best to operate on both wrists and he will do them one at a time but do my right one first (which is the worst one) and once thats healed will do the left one.
I wasn't sure about having it done but my general practitioner said that I should have it done if they offer me it because it could help relieve a lot of the pain I experience in my hands. So I'm having it done on the 15th July! Couldn't believe how quick he's got me in, normally in the UK you have to wait quite sometime for any operations, he is doing it under local anaesthetic & will be not be able to drive or do too much for the first 2 weeks & then gradual build up to do more after that.

Has anyone else had this done or anything else under a local anaesthetic? What should I expect? Can't say I'm looking forward to it because I've never had anything done before under a local.

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Posted 27 June 2008 - 05:27 AM

Congratulations in getting in right away to get this done. I wish you good luck on it being successful and that everything will go OK. I have peripheral neuropathy so I know what you are going through. I have numbness and tingling of my feet and hands and I also have shooting pains. Again I wish you such good luck and I hope all goes OK. Take advantage of being "laid up" and get pampered and waited on as much as possible.

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Posted 27 June 2008 - 06:52 AM

It is good news that you are getting seen so soon - I hope it does the trick for you. I was under the impression that you had to limit your movement for much longer than two weeks, but maybe things have changed a bit.
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Posted 27 June 2008 - 07:45 AM

that is quick Jensue, just like private healthcare. I'm sure it will be worth having done. Just a bit of a nuisance having to restrict activities after. Don't worry too much about having it done under local, They will definitely make sure you are painfree and you don't look at what they are doing. I think it is probably better than a lot of dental procedures!
Good luck - you will have to type one handed to lt us know how it went.
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Posted 27 June 2008 - 01:27 PM

Jensue,
I had carpal tunnel surgery several years ago. I was not under local but general anesthesia. I still think it was the best thing I've done! The relief of no more pain and restless nights is amazing. No more numbness or pins and needles is great. I say go for it. I healed pretty fast and have had absolutely no problems since. Good luck to you.

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Posted 14 July 2008 - 01:03 AM

I go in to hospital tomorrow for the carpal tunnel op on my right hand, still feel nervous about the local anaesthetic but others have managed so I will too.

Sherion I hope mine goes as well as yours because I am fed up of the pins/needles & numbness!

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Posted 14 July 2008 - 01:59 PM

Jensue,
Good luck on your surgery. The first few days may be uncomfortable but not unbearable. Let us know how you do.

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Posted 14 July 2008 - 02:19 PM

Jensue, your pain will be gone almost immediately. You will be so happy to have this over with. Maybe you will be like me and after having surgery on one hand the other hand got well on its own.
I had a shot to numb my hand enough to put a shot in to block pain in my hand and arm. I watched my entire procedure. I thought it would never end. When I thought my doctor was done he would start all over again. I did feel some pain but really wanted to see what was done and talk with my doctor as he was working. The hardest thing for you to do at first will be pulling up your shorts or slacks and buttoning or snapping your clothes. I hope you do well. The worst pain you have endured was up until now. Let us know how everything works out for you. May your recovery be quick.
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Posted 15 July 2008 - 10:06 PM

well I've had it done! worse part was the local anaesthetic, which was very painful but thankfully didn't last long!

Sheryl you are so right about the buttons etc it is very awkward. got hubby to help me with a shower - hand in plastic bag and held above my head - not to get it wet. big bandaging on which they say I can take off at the weekend leaving just a simple dressing on th cut but have to keep it in a sling for next 2 weeks but I can move my fingers all be it with difficulty because of swelling. but 2 of fingers feel relatively normal already so hoping this is a sign for recovering well.

i'm very tired - didn't sleep at all last night but didn't go down to theatre until 4.20.pm.

when they took the tournaquet off it was just like having a bad raynaud's attack with pins and needles in my hand.


i need to rest

thankyou for your kind wishes

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Posted 16 July 2008 - 12:02 AM

Jensue, I am so happy that all went well. It will take a couple weeks before it doesn't hurt to pull up on your clothes and button or snap your slacks, but you get to have hubbys help. Rest, relax and heal. I was going to come in the chat room today and see if you were there. I won't be there but have missed all of you.
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Posted 16 July 2008 - 02:09 AM

Jensue,

I'm glad to hear you had the procedure and are on your way to healing. Sorry about the pain, hopefully when you're healed up you won't even remember the pain.

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Posted 16 July 2008 - 05:00 AM

Thanks for the update. I'm glad things went well and now you have that behind you and you are on your way to healing. Take advantage of being laid up and get waited on! You need to rest now and take care of yourself. You are lucky that you have a great hubby to take care of you.

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Posted 16 July 2008 - 05:07 AM

Glad everything worked out well - must be doing pretty well to come and report so soon. Don't overdo it, though. Take advantage of that sling and do NOTHING for a change. :D
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Posted 16 July 2008 - 03:04 PM

Jensue:
So glad things went well for you. Now it's behind you, isn't it a great feeling? Take care of yourself and don't overdue it ~ that would be the one thing I could say that would be of real value. Just take it slow...
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Posted 16 July 2008 - 03:07 PM

So glad to hear that the surgery went good for you!!! Like the others have said, just take it easy for a while and don't push too hard too soon. things will get easier quickly.

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Posted 19 July 2008 - 04:47 AM

Jensue...I'm a bit late chiming in!! I've had both of my hands done. They were done years before I was diagnosed with sclero. I had them done about 2 years apart. It definately mde the symptoms better, but I do still have some weakness, but that I can live with compared to what I had before the surgery! When I had my first one done, my son was still in diapers, and let me tell you , that was a challenge!! :P The most important thing is not to push doing too much before your hand heals completely!! When I had my second one done, I was overrusing that hand, so they put a hand/wrist brace on me to keep me from over using it! :lol: Take care and good luck!~
Peace :)
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Posted 19 July 2008 - 10:57 PM

Feel like things are going quite well and can use my hand better each day - can manage to type with it for short stretches and then go back to one handed. I'm still getting quite a bit of swelling and my skin is very tight & shiny so not sure if its the op or the SSc which is causing that because I also have lots of peeling skin on my hands.
I keep reaching out to do things with my hand(because I've forgotten about it) & then get awful sharp pains from stretching it too much, my own fault because I'm not very patient and just want to get on with things. Still my hubby is great and doing lots for me. I have the stitches out on the 25th july and then go back for checkup the following wednesday. they did say it cold be weaker for about 6 weeks.

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Posted 22 July 2008 - 10:24 AM

Hey Jensue!!!

When you sent me the instant message this morning I didn't realize you had already had this done! Wow and you are already typing! You go girl. I'm so happy for you that this is over, and I hope you continue to heal well. We'll Skype soon!
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Posted 25 July 2008 - 06:15 AM

Just had the stitches removed and what awful time I've had! they where in very tight and had grown over and so ended up having to have lidnocaine to try to numb it but it took over half an hour to get them out and even then one of them is not fully removed! I was wondering if this could be something to do with the Sclero? I have lots of stitches before but never the problems with removing them. the palm of my hand is now ultra sensitive so ihope this settles.

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Posted 25 July 2008 - 08:37 AM

Oh I am so sorry!!! Sometimes that does happen. It can depend on the type of stitch that was made and also on the actual suture material. Take good care of it, making sure it doesn't get infected.
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