No Grip Still Five Months After Carpal Tunnel Surgery

by art

I had surgery done on my right hand on september 9 2009. I had severe carpal tunnel syndrome.

My hand has healed but I still have pain in the palm, my wrist still has pain, my middle fingers go numb, but my biggest problem is no strength in my hand, i have no grip. and it seems to be getting worse.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Art. Thanks for sharing.

I wonder if the nerve is still constricted at the wrist. Is the numbness and loss of wrist strength the same as it was pre-surgery, or different?

I also wonder how much of that numbness etc is coming from up at the front of the neck and chest/shoulder. Surgery wouldn't help that at all.

1. If you haven't been, start IceDipping as described on the How To Reduce Inflammation page.

As many dips as you are motivated to do for a week, let's see what happens.

You have inflammation in place, and all the tight muscles and connective tissue in the forearm that were there before surgery is still there too. Icing helps get new stuff in and old stuff out, which helps EVERYTHING.

2. Inflammation Causes Vitamin B6 Deficiency. It can't hurt to start supplementing with B6, it might help a lot if B6 deficiency is part of the problem.

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Sep 02, 2014
Is this tenosynovitis after carpal tunnel surgery a coincidence?
by: Whisper

9 months ago I had carpal tunnel surgery on both hands, 2 weeks apart. I was having trouble sleeping as they were both painful and waking me up at night.

I have nothing to compare recovery with. One hand seemed to heal faster than the other.

4 months ago I developed thumb 'catching-clicking' in both hands. It was as though the first joint was locking and was painful. I had both thumbs injected with steroids. After a week or so they both felt better and the locking went away. It lasted about 6 weeks.

Now they are back to locking and I have sharp pain in both thumbs from the second joint on certain movements like opening a peel pack, or snapping clothing....almost anything.

I have read that this is tenosynovitis, osteoarthritis etc...but my whole hand is tender.

The scar area is sensitive to nerve endings. My hands feel like they are contracturing and getting claw like....

What do I do now.

Good grief!
Hoped for better.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Whisper.

You didn't leave your email address or check the notifications box, so I hope you find this response.

No, it's definitely not coincidence that you're having various symptoms of chronic Process of Inflammation and chronic tightness after Carpal Tunnel surgery.

The way the Pain Causing Dynamic works, it's rather to be expected in some form or another.

Despite what doctors will confidently imply, surgery for carpal tunnel symptoms is not a magical cure all. At best it's a temporary feel better.

Open up the too tight connective tissue around a nerve and everything's better, right? Well yes, sure, if that tightness occurred out of the blue for no reason.

But that's not the way you got to where you 'needed' surgery. There are very predictable factors involved.


See: Tenosynovitis

See: Carpal Tunnel and Vitamin B6 Deficiency

See: Magnesium For Tendonitis

See Related: Two Months After Mini Release Carpal Tunnel Surgery No Improvement

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Feb 02, 2010
PART 2 - reply to joshua's suggestion - No Grip Still Five Months After Carpal Tunnel Surgery
by: art

Thanks Joshua,
I will try the icing and the B6. The pain and numbness is not exactlly like it was before surgery.The pain that I had in my forearm, elbow, shoulder and neck went away after surgery. But now some pain is coming back in my forearm. The big thing is not having any strength in my my hand.


Joshua Comments:

Great. Let me know how it goes.

Might as well throw in some self massage too. A lot of times that 'loss of strength' is due to A. the structure getting SO TIGHT, B. pain and muscles not able to work optimally, so C. The nervous system won't let you have strength because it doesn't want you to contract more and hurt yourself more.

Get in there and start manually stretching anything that is tight (and everything is tight right now). The more open structures are, the better they work.

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