I think my surgeon missed something when he did my carpal tunnel surgery on my left wrist.

by Jason
(Los Angeles)

Hi everyone.

I'm wondering if my surgeon did a bad job on the surgery on my left wrist.

I'm right handed but I mouse with my left hand (weird huh?) and I've been at the computer 40-50 hours per week for the last 6 years.

I am active otherwise with both hands and I've had elbow tendonitis before but it hasn't been a problem lately.

I got the release surgery last year. I know I should have taken time off work but with bills to pay I made myself get back to work. I did mouse with my right hand for a week but it was driving me crazy so I switched back to my left.

The doctor that did the surgery didn't seem worried about me having any problems healing and just said I should take it easy for a while. I figured a week not mousing was good enough, and even after I started using my left hand again I took a lot of breaks throughout the day.

The numbness was gone after the surgery, but it still hurt the entire time, mostly. It got better for several months, and I could even stop using Ibuprofen and pain killers.

But it's been hurting worse lately. I know I should have taken it easy with the mousing, but I've had a lot of work I have to get done.

Still, it's been a year it should be healed by now. I have an appointment in a couple weeks to go to another wrist specialist and see what they think.



Joshua Comments

Hey Jason.

It's possible the doctor missed something.

It's also possible that you just kept irritating the injury that the surgery caused to your wrist structures and not only has it never fully healed, but your body has kept a heightened Pain Causing Dynamic so everything has stayed jacked up and even gotten worse.

It's also possible that that elbow tendonitis is playing a role in there somewhere too.

Let us know what the doctor says. That's always interesting.

Thanks for sharing your story.

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

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