Had carpal tunnel surgery and still have pain in my hands.

by Tosha Jones
(Hilbert, Wi)

I had carpel tunnel surgery on both of my hands sept 2009 and after that my hand have not been better.

I am in pain with my fingers, hand and wrist. I lift things and they fall out of my hands and making my hands in pain.

I also can not pull things with out massive pain in my hands.

I worked for a company that we did a lot of repetitive motion and after the surgery had lost my job due to being on restriction for my hands.

I have been to the Arthritis person and did the emg 2 and blood work. Now I can not work due to the 5lbs no repetitive motion indefinitely.

I also am on medication for the pain in my hands. The Dr says that i have to go back to my surgeon to refer me to a hand specialist. This means more money out of my pocket.

I feel that it is still work related due that i had the surgery and still was pain. They say that it is a separate issue.

I just want to work and be able to use my hands like I used too. I even have a hard time with doing dishes. I have to start and stop. Every thing that I do involves using my hands.

This is not fair. I have to see pain management every 3 months and that comes out of my pocket.

It seems that nobody knows what is wrong with my hands and they just want to put you on drugs and not find the problem.

I totally agree with you.


Joshua Answers:

Hi Tosha.

Well. That sucks.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Tendonitis can be bad enough, and then the sharp objects of surgery get plowing around in there....it can get worse.

As you've experienced.


What are you doing other than pain medication, self-care wise, to decrease symptoms?

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Dec 03, 2016
Hi Tosha
by: Amy

I have been having the same problem as you!

My surgeries on both hands have been almost a year now and my right hand is starting to hurt again with same symptoms of CT.

I can not grip onto anything for a long period of time without it hurting. I just got finished painting a room and it's killing me now.

I also see a pain specialist and I agree with you. Instead of fixing the problem they'd rather put you on drugs.

Apr 21, 2016
7 days post carpal tunnel surgery
by: Sanoba

I fell at work and the fall triggered carpel tunnel.

I have been off for months and just had cts seven days ago. My arm is still really sore I can barely pull my own pants up and do my hair.

The pain and numbness seems to be worse.lots of bruising and I keep getting what fells like shocks in my thumb.

I am not a happy camper.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Sanoba.

I'm sorry to hear that.

How exactly did the fall cause carpal tunnel syndrome? What exactly did the surgery do?

Did they test to see if the carpal tunnel symptoms were coming from the wrist or from up at the neck?

Sep 27, 2015
I am in the same boat
by: Anonymous

I had both hands done plus a thumb release. It has taken care of the numbness but not the pain.

If I dust then my hands will ache the rest of the night. They are so weak that pealing potatoes is hard to do.

I can't flatten them out when putting weight on them. Like when I have to get something out of the bottom cabinet. I have to use them like a monkey. I use my knuckles instead of palms.

There is no way I can play a game on the computer.

I have had shots in my thumb which help for a little while. I have tried Icy Hot, hot packs and cold packs. I have also tried wraps but after a while they don't work.

Dec 11, 2013
Pain after Carpal Tunnel surgery
by: Tommy from NY

Being a Ford Mechanic and not wanting to stay out of work any longer then possible, I had both hands done at the same time. NOW months later I get these shooting pains in my hands. I did find the relief. Aspercreame. Yup! Aspercreame work almost instantly. I just want to know what is the pain from.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Tommy.

The pain, unltimately, is from the Pain Causing Dyanamic (which surgery made worse, if anything).

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