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#3227
Cage
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Success! 4 Years, 10 Months ago Karma: 0
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.
 
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That's great news - thanks for sharing. I'm almost at the two month post surgery (subq).

I still have the decreased sensation to my ring and little finger, but my strength is better. I can now open my frige door and change my toothbrush head. I couldn't do either prior to surgery.

I have a new issue in my shoulder or rotor cuff area. I think this is do to having the cast on?? One of my pt exercises is to lay on my back and move the arm overhead and then to the side. Each time I go overhead my fingers go all the way numb. I can't move my arm from the overhead postion down to my side while on my back. I get a sharp pain in the shoulder and a sharp pull in the elbow.

Have you or anyone else had this?

Cindy
 
Last Edit: 2010/01/13 23:16 By cindy.
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#3233
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Congratulations! Cubital tunnel success stories are too few and far between, so it's nice to hear one once in a while. Any idea why your CuTS symptoms reduced? Any specific exercises or activity changes? I hope your condition continues to improve.
 
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As I recently posted in my 9 mos. post the biggest surprise to me is how long this nerve stuff takes to heal. My fingers are still numb, slightly less than before but improved. An the inside of my upper arm an the under back side of my forearm sometimes aches but over all the surgery is a success. Now if my other arm would just quit acting up. Might be a replay.
 
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Thanks Timm! Yea, I felt the need to write a good story especially after I was losing hope.
I haven't been doing anything different. I was starting to get used to the numbness and favored my other hand for when I needed to grip things.
That's why I say somewhere around mid-December is when I noticed the hand and fingers were better.
I'm now a believer when the doc said that I had to have patience. He thought I would be a success story from what he saw from the nerves during the surgery but he did keep telling me to keep my hopes up and to (yes again) have patience. So I guess it's true when they say it could take from 2 months to 2 years to notice better results.
I just knew I had to throw my success story out there just so I can provide some hope for others out there.
So jennifaux you too see that it just takes time. Like I said, I was starting to lose hope.
I too get some aches but mostly around my wrist and side of my hand but I believe that will get better too.
 
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