carpal tunnel syndrome

Submitted by birdgirl on 2/2/05 at 8:12 AM. ( )

I am convinced that I definitely have carpal tunnel in my right hand.I havent been to see a specialist yet because I am currently out of work and have no insurance but I am positive that I have it, my mother also has it, in both hands.I have heard conflicting stories though from people who have had surgery to repair it, some say it works great, others say they wish they never had the surgery, so I dont know what to think, it is to the point now though where it is almost impossible to work for any length of time or sleep well at night even though I have been wearing a brace.It is a burning numbness that starts in the middle finger and works its way to the index and thumb every time I try to do any sewing, skinning or typing.I am worried about having surgery on my hand which I rely on so much.

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had it done

This response submitted by james on 2/2/05 at 9:09 AM. ( )

I had carpal tunnel surgery approximately 6 months ago and am doing great now, have approximately 90% of the strength back and no pain whatsoever. Dont know why i waited so long to have it done. James

Good experience

This response submitted by KB on 2/2/05 at 9:12 AM. ( )

My hubby had the surgery in both hands after fighting it for 8 years. He was doing taxidermy after a week (no, he wasn't supposed to go back to work that soon, and I wouldn't recommend it, but that's how he is.) That was about 6 or 7 years ago, and he hasn't had any trouble since. We have a friend who had the surgery at about age 65. He went so long that his hands were almost useless by the time he had the surgery...his hands didn't get back to 100 o/o, but he's been very happy anyway. He can still play his guitar and now he can feel the strings. I know there are pros and cons, but if you don't have the surgery, your hands will only get worse, right?

Don't worry

This response submitted by Joe V on 2/2/05 at 9:18 AM. ( )

My mom and dad aunts and uncles had it. They all had the operation with 100% recovery. The recovery period is about two months and you will have to do a lot of exercises to get back to full strength. You want to go to a surgeon who has a great reputation. You will not be able to use the hand for a few weeks though. That might be a problem if you are a full time taxi. This is a sight you should visit

They are also making laser surgery available in certain circumstances. You can also do some stretching exercises to alleviate the pain for now. Lastly if you developed the condition due to your last job there insurance might cover the surgery. It will be a fight to get them to pay but it might be worth the shot. Oh speaking of shot you general practioner can also give you a Cortisone shot for now to alleviate the pain.

Good luck


This response submitted by steve glanville on 2/2/05 at 9:27 AM. ( )

Had it done 4 years ago right hand great results, having left done in 2 weeks. Find someone who does the micro surgery, very small incision
at the wrist. 2 week recovery time, old procedure cut clear into the palm, much longer recovery. Good Luck!

Joe, I think you mean...

This response submitted by marty on 2/2/05 at 9:43 AM. ( )

...either endoscopic or laparoscopic surgery (not laser surgery)? At least I think that's the terminology that is used. Basically smaller incisions are made and a camera is inserted and the surgery takes place via a big t.v. screen where it's easier for the doctor's to see and more precise operations can be performed. Laser's may or may not be used, I don't know. But realistically the cutting device utilized has no bearing on recovery time or anything for that matter. It just sounds cooler - lol!


This response submitted by Mike on 2/2/05 at 9:47 AM. ( )

Had an informative article on this subject awhile back, and a letter was sent the following issue with some more info. Seems I remember a recommendation in the follow up as the procedures vary. Good luck.

Had it done last month

This response submitted by buzzi cook on 2/2/05 at 11:04 AM. ( )

It was done Ortho Scopically. One small cut in the right wrist.....and I went back to work the next day.......I shouldn't was really sore....but I pushed myself. The surgeon told me I couldn't hurt the surgery....maybe bleed a little.....which I did.....but I've worked every day since.......with little or no problems. I'm going to have the other hand done in two months. Going back to work and moving it and working with it has helped more than just sitting around I'm sure of it. No drugs taken for pain or infection either..and I'm 58

Try to get insurance first

This response submitted by Scott on 2/2/05 at 11:20 AM. ( )

You definitely need to consult a specialist, however without insurance this will be extremey costly. My surgeries were around $8,000 each both hands done in 03 a month apart. (Don't set conibears two days after surgery, this was a hard lesson learned, slowed my recovery by 3-4 months)

I had it

This response submitted by Alex on 2/2/05 at 2:06 PM. ( )

And my wife had it worse, but my grandfather had surgery and it didn't improve the pain, of course he is old.

But my wife and I discovered a mineral called CORAL CALCIUM and started taking it, all my joint pains are gone, also from having contracted lyme disease several years ago, but the carpal Tunnel syndrome dissapeared on both of us after just 3 weeks of taking this, it went away gradually, my wife also had a skin lession on her nose, usually these are from sun damaged and pre-cancerous she is very fair and blue eyed that is the first requirement for skin cancer,she had chemo and it dissapeared and 2 years later it came back after taking the CORAL CALCIUM it has also dissapeared.

There is a lot of expensive brands being sold on TV for $49 to $60 dollars a bottle. we buy the Walmart brands for about $8.00 so don't get ripp off. take it at night as it has a tendency to relax you and you will sleep like a baby, I take 2 every night.
Give it a try and see what happens with you ,it might save you surgery and some bucks. Alex

When you get the money - Get the surgery done!

This response submitted by mrcobaltblue79 on 2/2/05 at 2:12 PM. ( atyahoodotcom )


I had the surgery done 1 year. My left hand was done first, then 30 days later my right hand. (to me) It was a piece of cake. Like others on this forum, I tried to use my hand and keep it flexed up from the day after each surgery. I did not have to have any type of therapy. I now wish that I had had this done years earlier. I can feel my guitar strings, drive, and do about anything (including taxidermy) with out having to stop every minute or so to "try to get the feeling back in my fingers".



This response submitted by BUZZI COOK on 2/2/05 at 6:28 PM. ( )

Like most....I don't have insurance. I talked to the Surgeon about this...and the Anestegiologist......and the hospital Seattle mind you.....and cash hand....everything..$1100.00 cash....without cash.......$3900.00

In a...

This response submitted by marty on 2/2/05 at 7:15 PM. ( )

...dark alley with a rusty knife - eh?

I had both hands done 6 weeks apart

This response submitted by Jan George on 2/2/05 at 8:53 PM. ( )

in 1990 and am still 100%. I had it so bad I would wake up crying and have to wake my husband up to move my arms for me. I was fleshing a relatively clean deer cape and kept seeing blood and didn't know where it was coming was from a cut in my finger. The surgery is well worth it. Things might have changed, but the doctor will probably want to try injections, splints, accupuncture, you name it, and exhaust all possibilities before doing surgery. That was the case with me, but he knew he could milk my insurance. After one round of injections, I told him, do surgery or I'm going somewhere else. So save up some cash, and be blunt with your doctor that you want surgery.

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