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I had surgery for cts in late january 2010. cant believe i am still in so much pain, i have been off work for almost 5 weeks. its driving me mad, especially the stabbing feeling of a hot knife going through my hand. I also have spasms and pins and needles constantly. i am not looking forward to having the other hand done as well. if anyone can give me any information on how long it takes to recover that would be great. I know it varies, from person to person. thanx.
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replied March 3rd, 2010
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Hopefully you are feeling better now..Like you said, each person is different...Call your physician if it isn't better...Take care...

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replied March 14th, 2010
slower than expected recovery
hi misty64, i had mine on 2/25 - its only been 2 1/2 weeks but i thought it would be much better than it is. i would say it's at about 85-90% functionally - i can do most everything except twist, push back, and carry heavy stuff - but if use it too much it gets super sore and weak and i still get random pains - in the center of my hand and shooting pains down my wrist - even if i'm not using it Sad i'm bummed especially b/c it seemed like everyone i talked to said it was much easier/quicker recovery than what i'm experiencing so i'm glad to have found you - have you gone for your next surgery yet? how is that going? i'm not looking forward to mine either - it's going to be next week the 25th or the following week, the 31st
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replied March 17th, 2010
Hi Misty64 -- You know, doctors will operate because it's become so easy to do and it's not carpal tunnel to begin with. you really should get in touch with someone who can direct you to exercises.
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replied March 20th, 2010
Been There after Carpel Tunnel surgery
This is going to be discouraging to you, but after over 15 months, I am still suffering. I only had the right one done. Every morning it is locked either open or closed and won't move for hours. I have no strength in it. But worse, the left hand has done exactly what that one does. I took the lid off my pressure cooker last night and my hands are in such pain today, so stiff. I too have the shooting pains in both of them, so I suppose it could be another malady affecting them both, but now it is all over my body, the pain and stiffness. I am seeing many doctors who order all kinds of tests, but no one has diagnosed me. I read that ct and trigger finger, both of which I've had, are part of fibromyalgia, so it may just now be attacking the rest of my body, but especially my hands and knees. My orthopedic surgeon said about 1% of ct surgury just goes bad. I hope you are not one of them and that it will soon get better. I used mine a lot, so perhaps you should not stress or exercise yours much.
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replied April 25th, 2010
I too had cts surgery on 2/25. I had my arm in a soft cast for 4 weeks. I had the open kind and the scar in my hand constantly burns. I still have "achy" pain now and then. Twisting the wrist is ok, but cannot bend it backwards. During the surgery I also had a ganglion cyst removed and arthroscopy. I go back to MD in 3 days and hope he can give me answers and something non-narcotic for intermittant pain.
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replied May 4th, 2010
hi im 27 years old.....during april 2008 i was due to have carpal tunnel surgery which is what the surgeon said before and leading upto the operation he told me in front of my partner and dad that i had carpal tunnel syndrome then after i got out of surgery the surgeon said he did a trigger finger operation on me.....i didnt have any symptoms of trigger finger i always had carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms anyway it will be 6 weeks on saturday commin when i had carpal tunnel surgery on my right hand
to cut a long story short i have been gettin pains in my hand and arm my hand is off colour like a blueish colour and the circulation isnt right my hand swells and the physiotherapist is not to happy with the way im healing
i have been getting terrible pain in my hand and i have a lump in my wrist the pain is worse now than what it was before i had the operation i just wondered if there was any1 out there thats had the operation and are worse now...?? i have a stabbing burning pain in my hand and also i cant bend my wrist backwards as that is very painful my sleepin pattern is terrible due to pain now which is worse than before i really regret having the surgery
i used to do alot of artwork and cant even write my name now its pathetic
any feedback would be appreciated........please..????
kind regards
lisa
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replied November 14th, 2014
I am with you, I am 27 I had mine done about 5 weeks ago and I had the carpa tunnel trigger finger middle finger and wrist release done all at once! What you are describing is exactly how i feel! I am in more pain and have less use of my hand now then i did before the surgery. I do the flexing exercises i was instructed to do with no help to the middle finger it is just stuck literally sometimes i go whole days without being able to bend it without using my oother hand to do so and when i finally can it clicks and clucks! I have extreme weakness in that hand and fingers, pain in the palm and wrist constantly only difference is i can bend my wrist back pretty painlessly but bending my wrist down which is more of the normal function is near impossible i too agree i wish i had never had this surgery done i was better off before!
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replied May 22nd, 2010
pain after carpal tunnel surgery
i had surgery 6 weeks ago on my right hand,the pain is ten times worse than before.i cant sleep.cant get comfortable.my arm and hand aches constantly.i am supposed to be getting the other hand done but at this rate i dont think i will.worst thing is i type in my job and use a PC.so i dont know what i will do. i have to see the specialist next week so i will discuss it with him as to why the pain is worse.i am also now thinking of claiming against my employer. its ironic the job i hate so much has now ruined my mobility
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replied June 9th, 2012
After Carpal Tunnel operation
I have had this Carpal tunnel operation 3 weeks ago. I was getting burning and tingles in my index and middle finger, although it wasnt extreme it was waking me up throughout the night, Also it was annoying as painting or anything requiring repeatative use of wrist or fingers sent my fingers into numbness. The pain was around 5 - 10% before the operation so was enough to annoy me so i went for the operation....! ok the hospital was a hand and wrist orthopeadic specialist hospital so if they didnt know how to do it properly nobody would. The surgery was fast,clean and painless apart from the injections to numb the hand/wrist area. The surgeon let me look into the opened up wrist and show me what he was doing inside the cut as they use retractors to open the cut up quite wide. Its now nearly 4 weeks since the operation and the cut has healed, had my stitches out & now the wound is disappearing and healing very well, Almost cant see where hhey operated but im getting HOT,SHARP shooting pains from somehere in the wrist into my forearm! cant explain why or what they are but they were not there before the operation. Im just hoping they go. I have to discuss the other hand which is 2-5% annoying me but is nowhare near as bad as the hand i had the operation on, which i can say my fingers dont go into spasm or burn or tingle anymore. its just a shooting pain up my forearm im concerned about now
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replied October 17th, 2012
Hi hottdog,
You had HOT, SHARP shooting pains in June from your 1-month-earlier cts surgery. Did those pains go away?
How long did they last? Did you have any problems with strength or range of motion?
I hope we hear how it evolved...
Paarna
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replied June 9th, 2012
After Carpal Tunnel operation
I have had this Carpal tunnel operation 3 weeks ago. I was getting burning and tingles in my index and middle finger, although it wasnt extreme it was waking me up throughout the night, Also it was annoying as painting or anything requiring repeatative use of wrist or fingers sent my fingers into numbness. The pain was around 5 - 10% before the operation so was enough to annoy me so i went for the operation....! ok the hospital was a hand and wrist orthopeadic specialist hospital so if they didnt know how to do it properly nobody would. The surgery was fast,clean and painless apart from the injections to numb the hand/wrist area. The surgeon let me look into the opened up wrist and show me what he was doing inside the cut as they use retractors to open the cut up quite wide. Its now nearly 4 weeks since the operation and the cut has healed, had my stitches out & now the wound is disappearing and healing very well, Almost cant see where hhey operated but im getting HOT,SHARP shooting pains from somehere in the wrist into my forearm! cant explain why or what they are but they were not there before the operation. Im just hoping they go. I have to discuss the other hand which is 2-5% annoying me but is nowhare near as bad as the hand i had the operation on, which i can say my fingers dont go into spasm or burn or tingle anymore. its just a shooting pain up my forearm im concerned about now
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replied July 20th, 2013
Post-surgical wrist pain in Carpal Tunnel syndrome
I had confirmed Carpal Tunnel syndrome, with a neurological test to determine the extent of the problem. Anything over 5.0 on the test is judged to be carpal tunnel, and mine was 9.9. I watched the surgeon do the procedure; I was in the anesthesia department, so most of the surgeons will allow me to watch "up close and personal." The surgery was textbook, and I expected rapid relief. It is now 8 months post-surgery, and I have substantial wrist pain. The pain is nowhere near the actual location of the carpal tunnel and the surgery, but it is terribly annoying, and somewhat debilitating. I'm going back to the surgeon shortly (I know him quite well, and he's very good) but I'm pretty sure he will be as puzzled as I am. I don't even know if this pain is related to the surgery, and I get a lot of head scratching and puzzled looks from my friends in the medical profession.
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replied April 21st, 2014
Shootin pain after CTRS
I too had carpal tunnel release on both of my hands, my numbers on the ECG before surgery were 9.8 on my left and 9.9 on my right. It has been 8 months since I had the release surgery and about 3 months ago I started getting experiencing a different kind of pain, horrible pain, in my hands and arms, up to my shoulders, at night. Right after surgery was immediate relief and for approximately 4 months afterward. Then all of a sudden I started waking up with this horrible pain toward the outside edge of my hand. It feels like someone is punding an icepick through the top of my hand, and the pain shoots clear up to my shoulders, ahhhhh. It has been so bad upon waking up before, that I have had to be several hours late to work due to not being able to dress myself or do anything with my hands until the pain subsides, it sucks really bad. So I was wondering if anyone else has experienced this after surgery, and if it will go away with time, or if I should make an appointment with my orthopedic surgeon who performed the surgery???? Answers please.
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replied May 7th, 2014
Yikes, makes me think twice about having surgical operation.
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