It's been quite awhile since I've posted on this site.
I had surgery to my left elbow (transposition) and wrist (nerve was pinched there too) in May.
I was hopeful but I was also impatient. By September my hopefulness was sliding down. My pinky and ring finger was still as numb as the day before the surgery as well as the weakness in my hand (had a hard time with the strength of pinching with my index finger and thumb).
In October I told the doc “Other than the two scars on my elbow and wrist, there is no difference in my condition than the day before the surgery”. He set up another appointment in February and said that if my condition didn’t improve by then, then he’ll order another “shock treatment” to test the nerves again and see just how much improvement there actually was.
Well, I don’t know how or why but by mid-December, I started to notice that the numbness was less! YES! The sun started to shine again!
Now as of today, I would say that the numbness is about 30% (much better than the 90% I was feeling back in October) and that my strength is better (I can now pull folders out of stuffed filing cabinets with my left hand).
So, I’m going to enjoy the appointment in February to tell the doc the great news. I was so sure that the dark gloom of mine would still be there by then and that I would have to file myself to that 20% of people who didn’t improve after surgery.
Yes, I can admit that I was impatient. I was so sure that I would be better two months after my surgery. So, instead of two months, it took eight to show improvement.
So, I just wanted to add to the success stories so to help keep spirits up to anybody else out there going through the same ordeal. The lesson I learned was to have patience. The doc and the great people here were trying to pound that into my stubborn head.