I had the carpal tunnel release surgery last year, and I have numbness again

by Mary

After having off and on pain and numbness in my right wrist and hand for two years, it suddenly got really bad after I spent a long first spring day in the garden.

I had a lot of numbness and more pain and some weakness in my hand and fingers. It didn't go away for a few days so I went to see my doctor. I tried the pills and wrist splint he gave me.

A month later it was a little better but still constant and I couldn't use my hand for much of anything or it quickly got worse.

It's funny. The doctor told me to rest my wrist and not lift anything with it, but I couldn't do anything with it anyway and that didn't help.

I was scared that the numbness and weakness would become permanent so my doctor sent me to an orthopedic surgeon, who thought that I should get carpal tunnel release surgery. He said it was carpal tunnel.

I just read some of your stuff on here about wrist tendonitis. I never thought to ask him if that could be part of the problem.

Nothing else was working so I had the surgery. The surgery itself wasn't that bad, it didn't take very long.

It did hurt after the painkiller wore off. A lot actually. But there was no numbness so I was pretty pleased. I was already used to not using my hand so I didn't do anything with it for several days.

It took a long time, about 6 months, before I could really use my hand again. I did try to go slow and increase slowly how much I would use it or lift or grip anything.

Then I felt ok for a few months. Not perfect, but it was way better than it had been.

A couple months ago, I started noticing a little bit of numbness. I figured it was just a momentary thing, but it's been showing up more and more.

I've even had to start spending less time on my computer, and I can't garden as much as I want to because it seems to irritate the area where I had the surgery and then the rest of the hand.

I'm really sad. I hoped the surgery would fix it. I might go back to see my doctor. We'll see if this is just a temporary setback or not.

So that's my story.



Joshua Comments

Thanks for sharing Mary. Sorry you've experienced all that.

Check back in later and let us know how it turns out.

P.S. It's never to late for the Ice Dip.

Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
The Tendonitis Expert

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