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March 14th, 2010
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i am a painter, having the surgery done in about 4 weeks on both hands, how long do you guys suspect it will be before i can paint again, or should i be thinking of a different career. i guess i am wondering if all goes back to mormal not
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replied March 30th, 2010
I had my surgery on my right dominant hand September 25th. I was back to work a week and a half later, the toughest thing was getting dressed. Pain was very minimal, unless I leaned on the hand or tried to do too much with it. The surgery worked wonderfully and I have had very few problems since. My left hand gets done this Thursday, and any pain in the right now is caused from the left.

After 6 months I have a very minute scar that no one but me would even notice. The surgeon did an amazing job. I still have a tiny bit of pain where the incision was (on the inside of the hand, not the scar) but its so minor and nothing compared to the pre surgery days.

I do NOT recommend having both hands done at the same time. Simple things like brushing your hair and pulling up a pair of pants is extremely painful after the surgery. For this surgery I cut my hair short (it was down to my waist for the last one)just so I don't have to try and brush it with one hand again. both hands operated on and you wont be able to even squeeze a toothpaste tube.

I am also taking 2 weeks from work for this one, mostly because I drive mostly with my left hand and driving hurt like heck for about 3 weeks after the right hand was done. Also I think the worst pain I had was actually from the stitches tearing a bit. I had them removed after only a week and 3 days because they were ripping so badly on me, there was no way I could wait the 2 weeks. They were also infected. but that was minor. I had 4 physiotherapy appointments which honestly, the only benefit I got from those was the ultrasound used to help soften the scar tissue and because it felt sooooo good on the inside of my wrist where it was itchy from healing. But the exercises they gave me, having already been back to work for 3 weeks I had been doing much more already.

All in all, i'm nervous about Thursdays appointment, but normal surgery jitters. The local was agonizing and is the only reason I sometimes wish I ad both done and over with, but I would have been helpless if I had.

For me the surgery helped a lot and it definitely does get better. You'll be fine painting again.
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replied April 24th, 2010
I have had both hands done at the same time less than a week ago and feel absolutely fine, I was really worried before the op about having both done but my surgeon said it would be fine and he was right, I have full use of my fingers, bandages come off next week when the stitches are taken out (I have approx 8 in each hand), the most difficult things are turning taps on, opening jars etc, but I can feel my strength coming back everyday, took paracetamol first day or so but dont feel like it has got painful enough for me to continue. I have two children aged 3 and 1 and have coped fine....so for those worrying about having 2 hands done I am proof that its fine and believe me I was worried sick.
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replied May 3rd, 2010
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hi i just wondered if there is any1 out there that cud help me please

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 used to do alot of artwork and cant even write my name now its pathetic
any feedback would be appreciated........please..????
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replied May 5th, 2010
Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery
I had my left hand done on April 7th and right hand done on April 28th. My left hand there was no pain after at all. My fingers don''t hurt anymore. My right hand is taking a bit longer but it is only a week later. As you can see I am typing. My right hand two of my fingers still have that swollen feeing and the tingling etc BUT not enough to keep waking me at night. I feel pretty good, just waiting for these two digits which I hear can take 4-6 weeks.
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replied May 5th, 2010
I had my left hand done on April 7th and right hand done on April 28th. My left hand there was no pain after at all. My fingers don''t hurt anymore. My right hand is taking a bit longer but it is only a week later. As you can see I am typing. My right hand two of my fingers still have that swollen feeing and the tingling etc BUT not enough to keep waking me at night. I feel pretty good, just waiting for these two digits which I hear can take 4-6 weeks.
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replied May 5th, 2010
hi soundsofnature
sounds like ur doing really well
my hand is terrible am in more pain now than what i was in before....my hand is still swollen it will be 6 weeks on this saturday commin when i had mine done im in alot pain its like a stabbing burning pain i cant bend my wrist backwards as its to painful dont get me wrong the tingling in my fingers n thumb as gone now but im left with pain n swelling
night time is terrible i also have a gangalion cyst in my wrist the size of a pea which is quite sensitive i wake up in the morning in pain and my hand shakes i cant control it
anyway so glad u feel better
takecare
lisa
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replied May 7th, 2010
Hi Lisa,
Had my stitches out today. He told me that the leftover tingling that I have will go away but he can not say how long it will take. I also have basal arthritis in my thumbs and arthritis in my fingers. My wrist on my left hand has been bothering me but I forgot to mention it to the doctor, even though I took a list so I would not forget. I am sorry that you are in such pain. Are you on any meds?
Take care,
Peg
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replied May 7th, 2010
hi peg wave

i bet you are glad that you have had your stitches out, im so sorry to hear you have basal arthritis in your thumbs and arthritis in your fingers is there anything you can have done to help you.. Question

when you say you have been having problems with your wrist on your left hand is that carpal tunnel again.. Question

when i had mine taken out it came open in the middle so had to have some plaster stitches on....i still have the tingling around the scar it feels like pins and needles when i touch it
currantly im taking solpadol 30/500mg and an ibuprofen gel which i use twice daily i take 2 solpadol 3 or 4 times a day usually 4 times daily due to being in so much pain
on monday i will be ringing my orthapedic surgeon to try and get my appointment brought forward due to me not sleeping properly at night and being in the pain im in as my GP tells me to keep taking the tablets and keep applying the gel
i wear my brace on and off during the day and throughout the night my wrist as got weaker since the surgery and ive noticed my fingers and hand burn up alot but i think thats due to the burning stabbing pain i get

anyway i hope you will feel some relief

takecare hope you will keep in touch

lisa
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replied May 14th, 2010
The problem with my wrist is from arthritis. I don't wear the splints any more as they made my fingers curl over. After surgery they have straighten out but not all the way. I am going to go to a rheumatologist whenever I get around to making an appointment. The Dr that did my CTR is a orthopedic surgeon. My right hand still hurts, but it's doable. Some of the fingers are still have that tingling hurt feel to them.
How are you doing? Getting any relief?
Take care,
Peg
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replied May 15th, 2010
hi peg
do u have any swelling on ur right hand?...it sounds as thou ur doing really really well
im still bad my hands swollen mainly around the scar and the wrist now and at the base of my thumb im also having problems with gripping still..
ive yet again been to my GP who as given me pain killers and some ibuprofen gel which my partner as to massage into my hand 3 times a day but its not working....i wish i could get some relief but the pains not going...
i had a phone call from my nurse physiotherapist on wednesday she said she wants me to see my doctor orthapedic surgeon before having any more physio due to the ammount of pain and swelling i have....which is really upsetting
im still wearing my splint on and off throughout the day and night but thats not giving me any relief either
when i saw my GP he said it may need to be operated on again

hope u will keep in touch peg
u takecare and hope ur hand will be ok how is ur left hand now?
speak soon
lisa
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replied May 18th, 2010
I had it last week; I'm feeling some "burning" in my wrists when I type though, other than that all is well so far.

Jason Gaskins
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replied May 27th, 2010
I had CTS last thursday! I feel great.No pain except at the incision.When can I ride my Dirtbkie again???
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replied May 27th, 2010
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Hi Greg: I suggest you call and ask your doctor this question...Take care...

Caroline
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replied June 11th, 2010
I had my carpal tunnel surgery last November, it has now been seven months since it was done and it has improved the tingling sensation, but I still have pain and aching in both hands when I grip anything, or hold a hairbrush, telephone or mop, it is very disconcerting, I hoped that after suffering for 20 years with it, that I would free of pain, alas, I wasn't so lucky Sad I think, maybe I left it too long to have surgery.
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replied June 15th, 2010
Hello everyone.

It's with great sadness (almost tears actually) that I type this letter.

I've had cts issues since I was about 23 years old (I typed a lot in college, computer major). Over the years, I went to the doctor a couple of times, but back then the surgery was major. So,I waited. So, the technology etc got better and I had the surgery about 2 months ago. They had done an electrical test on me and said I had CTS in both hands, but the left was worse. As another test to see if it was CTS, doctor gave me a steroid to see if that would help. It helped A LOT, I was like 99%. But, it of course wore off. But, he said since the steroid worked, it was DEFINITELY cts.

So, I had the procedure about two months ago. Yay! No more symptoms.

Until about a week ago... I'm about 80% as bad as I was before I had this procedure. And yes the recovery from it was rough, but not horrible. I'm back to the tingling, hands falling asleep at night, "trigger finger", and loss of dexterity.

I give up.
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replied June 20th, 2010
Carpal Tunnel Decompression
I had CT surgery on 7th June and had the sutures out today 20th June. Not got complete control of left hand/wrist. Does anyone know how I can get rid of the stiffness where its been stitched as its very tight, is there any cream I can use? I have been doing stretching exercises with my fingers but the wrist is also stiff. Having the right one done 19th July (which only has mild symptoms) compared to the left. Regards Laura
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replied August 18th, 2010
i had open carpal tunnel release 4 weeks ago.. my hand is very sore and still swollen.. cant bend my wrist back without lots of pain.. does anyone know how long it takes to get better.. left hand suppose to be done in 3 weeks but not so sure
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replied September 9th, 2010
stitches couldn't come out
has anyone had trouble with the wound not being completely healed when they had their stitches taken out? I went to the doc yesterday, day 13 post op, and after removing 2 stitches they said to come back in a week and try again because it needs more time to heal. So they taped it up where the 2 were removed. I had my other hand done first and didnt have any problems when they removed the stitches except I will say it wasn't real tight where the incision was and was a little gap there which the doc said was normal and it did heal just fine. It did peal though a lot.
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replied November 29th, 2010
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I had cts surgery on my self non dominant hand 9 days ago. I still cant dress my self well. putting on deodorant and washing under my right arm is still a challenge. Stiches come out tomorrow.I have some twitching in my thumb and ring finger and wrist pain. Im taking advil 3-4 times a day for the the pain. stronger stuff the 1st 4 days. i cant wait to get back to normal
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