(Elk Grove, Ca. )
I had just been diagnosed with RA (rheumatoid arthritis) and the MRI results showed I had carpel tunnel in my right wrist.
It really wasn't bothering me at that point but the surgeon said I should have it operated on anyway.
I had the surgery and for me, the most painful part was having the stitches removed. I really didn't notice any difference over the next few months.
My rheumatologist ordered MRI's on both wrists and hands so he could see how the RA was affecting me, and discovered I had carpel tunnel in BOTH wrists.
So I was in that low percentage of failed surgery's.
Right now my left wrist is worse than my right with extreme numbness and tingling and even though I said I would never have the surgery again, I'm re-thinking that decision because I don't know how much longer I can take this pain.
Hello Gwen. Sorry to hear about your wrist issues.
I always get really curious when a surgeon wants to do surgery even when you have only minor symptoms.....Granted, I am not a proponent of surgery, in general, and definitely not in the vast majority of Carpal Tunnel cases. And, not for yours either, from what I've seen so far.
Also, that whole 'low percentage of failed surgeries'....in my experience, what you have gone through is a lot more common that the statistics surgeons use.
So that sucks....
Thank you for sharing your story.
If you are interested and motivated in going a different direction, and would be willing to try some lifestyle/diet changes that research indicates can relieve and/or cure Rheumatoid Arthritis, and some things I can suggest for the Carpal Tunnel side of things (likely related), let me know.
If so, I'll ask you some more questions to have a more exact idea of what you have going on, and we'll go from there.
Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
The Tendonitis Expert
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