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post #1 of 27
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just wanted to say a huge thx to everyone for the well wishes....

i am not impressed. they did a local instead of the block.... it took more freezing than normal....he started and i felt it....the anesthesioligist was horrible, the sedation didn't take.....she put it in, i got bout 5mins of a dopey head, then was clear as day. she said to tell her if i needed more.... i did, 4 times.... i was in tears by then end and the surgery only took 30mins.

recovery....awful..... i walked in there this morn with pain at 7/10.... recovery was 10/10....nurse offered codeine which i explained didn't work so she gave me 2 oxy's which i also mentioned that they wouldn't work. 30mins later, morphine......3rd shot of morphine brought pain down to 8.5/10....they couldn't give me anymore, so we got tordol involved....which got me back to my original 7/10. got to leave, boiut 10mins after they started the discharge, all the freezing wore off and the pain brought me to my knees.

guess what pain meds dr. gave me for home? tylenol 3's..... yah, huge help.... NOT.

soooo unhappy.

but....surgery went fine, he was amazed at me actually being able to do anything with my thumb because the swelling was one of the worst cases he's seen.

i'm kinda bitter LOL....had a few people think i was exaggerating on the pain and not being able to do much....least this proves to the insurance company that i am not lying

so yah, i'm home and grumpy LOL but i can say that the normal thumb pain is gone the pain i feel is at the incision site, no pain up[ the forearm like i did have. so i would have to say it was a huge success.
post #2 of 27
I hope that despite all the problems today that it heals better and you get some relief. I don't know what they were thinking as for what they gave you for pain...

That it heals quickly. And if you find yourself in surgery again.. maybe find someone else to do it!
post #3 of 27
Sorry you have so much pain.
I hope you feel better now.
post #4 of 27
I am sorry this was so painful for you. the pain will lesson. When I had carpel tunnel surgery all they gave me was T3's too. They don't do anything for me either.
post #5 of 27
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Originally Posted by strange_wings View Post
I hope that despite all the problems today that it heals better and you get some relief. I don't know what they were thinking as for what they gave you for pain...

That it heals quickly. And if you find yourself in surgery again.. maybe find someone else to do it!
Its the same surgeon doing the other hand and I will definately be voicing my opinion on the anesthetic....i want the block that I had with the prior hand surgeries.

Thanks everyone..... I was more just venting the frustration I had with the anesthesiologist, she didn't listen at all.

I go back in 2 days to check the incision....hopefully they will give me a less bulky dressing.... this one is HUGE... i made sure i brought a tshirt with huge armholes and still needed to stretch tme....

here's a pic:




its huge LOL
post #6 of 27
Oh honey, I am so sorry you went through this... I hope the bad memories fade soon, and all that's left is a great result, and the end of years of pain! Please take care of yourself, sleep lots, and tell hubby to baby you for a couple of days!
post #7 of 27
I'm so sorry to hear that the surgery was a real pain.. in more ways than one! \t But the immediate result already is an awesome sign.. just think of the rest that's yet to come! The rest of the relief, that is.

I agree with carolinalima.. lots of pampering- doctor's orders!
post #8 of 27
What a terrible experience Sending major prayers and vibes that you heal quickly
It makes me soooooo angry when other people think that a person is exagerrating their pain....my urologist said that my side pain wasn't a kidney stone, but that to set my mind at ease, she'd order an MRI. The MRI showed up 4 small stones - she said she was surprised because normally people would be screaming with the pain - I told her that I tend to show my pain like a cat does -
post #9 of 27
Aww Chris! Sorry to hear about all the problems with the surgery! At least once this heals you won't have to deal with the pain in your hand anymore!

for a speedy recovery!
post #10 of 27
You poor thing! Sheesh, it seems like pain control would be one of their top priorities... I'm sorry it was such an ordeal.
post #11 of 27
That sounds awful! I really hope you heal up quickly, and I'm sure the surgery will be worth it to you if it helps with the pain you had everday. Good luck healing!
post #12 of 27
All I know is that generally women are more tolerant of pain than men.

I thought of you this morning when I went through Tulsa and saw a sign advertising for "Welders, $19.97/hr."
post #13 of 27
...I´m really so sorry for your pain my friend....
you feel better...
post #14 of 27
Aw Chris, I'm so sorry the surgery was a nightmare! Sounds like you had a deaf stupid anesthesioligist! I am glad to hear that other than the incision area your thumb and forearm pain is gone
Hope you heal quickly
post #15 of 27
Sorry your procedure was so painful, however, hopefully now that it is all done your hand will be much better.

Hope it doesn't give you to much trouble as it is healing.

Lots of vibes for a speedy recovery coming your way..

post #16 of 27
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Originally Posted by lil maggie View Post
Aw Chris, I'm so sorry the surgery was a nightmare! Sounds like you had a deaf stupid anesthesioligist! I am glad to hear that other than the incision area your thumb and forearm pain is gone
Hope you heal quickly
or, at least, a stupid one!
sending healing & !
post #17 of 27
Oh my! That doesn't sound like a very good experience at all. I've been suffering from carpal tunnel for years and was just about decided to get something done about it. I'm tired of sleeping with hand braces and the pain during the day. But I think I woud just rather deal with it than go through what you did. Fast healing vibes for you!
post #18 of 27
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Originally Posted by spudsmom View Post
Oh my! That doesn't sound like a very good experience at all. I've been suffering from carpal tunnel for years and was just about decided to get something done about it. I'm tired of sleeping with hand braces and the pain during the day. But I think I woud just rather deal with it than go through what you did. Fast healing vibes for you!
Oh please don't think that way.... when I had the carpal tunnel releases done, it was so much better of an experience...... they used a block instead of freezing needles (I didn't feel a thing with the blocks vs feeling the scalpel with this one), I was sedated comfortably, instead of not being given enough and given enough pain meds plus still had the block helping.

I think my experience today is NOT the norm at all.

I will say tho, that the amount of meds I had should have been enough for most people....except, i've be on a high dose of oxycodone for 2yrs now and my body has developed a tolerance for pain meds.

this would have been better if #1: they did a block instead of local freezing...#2 they sedated me properly.....those would have made it better.

i will say that the nurses were great, they were the ones pushing for me, they were the ones to see i was in alot of pain. My surgeon, i have no doubt that the surgery worked, but i don't believe he looked at my medication history at all

and the anesthesiologist, i think she didn't believe me about the meds not working (i was sleeping from them when i had the CTR) as well as not paying attention to my history either. She had one of those "roll your eyes at the patient" type attitudes.....i actually told them to tie my other arm down because i was aggitated from the pain, not sedated ast all and frustrated over her not listening to me and didn't want to inadvertantly do something with the free arm.

but the carpal tunnel release was amazing and it worked wonderfully..... only downfall for me is that CTS is coming back in my one hand because the scar tissue built up and is closing the tunnel again.

my arms/body is just messed up LOL
post #19 of 27
Oh Chris sorry to hear about the dramas but I'm glad that the surgery is over. for you! and of course some
post #20 of 27
I hope you are feeling better today.

What does it take to have a patient's concerns taken seriously?? I hope you big this up and the docs count on your opinion for the next surgery.
post #21 of 27
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Originally Posted by Snake_Lady View Post
I go back in 2 days to check the incision....hopefully they will give me a less bulky dressing.... this one is HUGE... i made sure i brought a tshirt with huge armholes and still needed to stretch tme....

its huge LOL
Wow...that is a big dressing.
I'm sorry it was so painful - hopefully it's feeling better today and next time they'll actually listen to you.
post #22 of 27
All I can say is OUCH but I'm glad you're feeling better now.
post #23 of 27
All I can say is OUCH! I'm so sorry to hear the procedure was so painful for you but am glad to hear the original pain is gone. I felt immediate relief when I had mine done also, just had to get over the incision pain like you mentioned.

Did they put a splint under the bandaging? With mine, they put a splint on it before they wrapped it and stated in no uncertain terms that I could not use that tendon at all until the stitches came out in 10 days. When they cut thru the tendon sheath, they have to give that internal incision time to fully heal without any movement. Your splint would be in a different spot than mine so your bandaging would be more bulky along your wrist. My thumb stuck out like this: so I couldn't get my arm thru anything less than a men's 3X tshirt until they took the stitches out.

So no lifting with that arm, and follow their instructions for icing (yeah, like the ice can permeate that bandage). Mom says!

You'll be using that hand in no time at all!
post #24 of 27
Hi honey - how are you feeling today?
post #25 of 27
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Originally Posted by Momofmany View Post
All I can say is OUCH! I'm so sorry to hear the procedure was so painful for you but am glad to hear the original pain is gone. I felt immediate relief when I had mine done also, just had to get over the incision pain like you mentioned.

Did they put a splint under the bandaging? With mine, they put a splint on it before they wrapped it and stated in no uncertain terms that I could not use that tendon at all until the stitches came out in 10 days. When they cut thru the tendon sheath, they have to give that internal incision time to fully heal without any movement. Your splint would be in a different spot than mine so your bandaging would be more bulky along your wrist. My thumb stuck out like this: so I couldn't get my arm thru anything less than a men's 3X tshirt until they took the stitches out.

So no lifting with that arm, and follow their instructions for icing (yeah, like the ice can permeate that bandage). Mom says!

You'll be using that hand in no time at all!
Yep, I was soooo surprised, the pain up the forearm is gone.

I went for my appt today (2 days past surgery) and they cut off that big bulky thing (thank goodness)....It had a plaster cast + LOTS of gauze, padding, then the tensor on the outside.

I originally thought the same thing as you, about not using that tendon, but..... I'm out of the bandage and in a splint (I do have custom braces, but can't use em yet because of the swelling) and have ROM (range of motion) exercises to do, which use all of the tendons in my hand.

I have a bunch of different exercises to do...4-6 times a day (6 different exercises) with the splint off. Only limit is no weight whatsoever.

4-6wks then we start strengthening exercises. The PT said prolly 3mos heal time because of how bad mine was. Then we do the next one.

I go back next Friday to get the stiches out.

Surgeon commented today on the amount of freezing it took...apologised and explained that 99% of people wouldn't have felt what I did....so he assumed.

The pain isn't that bad...I'm sore today cuz of PT and its the first time I've moved my thumb/hand in 2 days...

thx for the support everyone..... if anyone wants to see, I'll post a pic of where the incision is.....
post #26 of 27
Rather rude or not, I would have told that surgeon "You know what happens when you assume..." Hopefully the other one will go better and they can actually figure out something that will work better.
That you make all of your recovery steps on time as expected.


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Originally Posted by Snake_Lady View Post
The PT said prolly 3mos heal time because of how bad mine was. Then we do the next one.
I think someone said your ordeal spooked them into reconsidering having something done for their carpel tunnel?

This is why a person doesn't wait too long. It makes it harder to fix, harder to heal, and just less likely to be successful. To those reading, don't put off treatment!
post #27 of 27
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Originally Posted by strange_wings View Post
Rather rude or not, I would have told that surgeon "You know what happens when you assume..." Hopefully the other one will go better and they can actually figure out something that will work better.
That you make all of your recovery steps on time as expected.


I think someone said your ordeal spooked them into reconsidering having something done for their carpel tunnel?

This is why a person doesn't wait too long. It makes it harder to fix, harder to heal, and just less likely to be successful. To those reading, don't put off treatment!
Yup, I posted in response to the CTR as well. My experience here is not typical at all.

As for this, if I had my choice, I would have had it done sooner but it was not up to me unfortunately....it was up to WSIB.

And yup, my surgeon will be more careful with the freezing of the next one. He knows I was not impressed in the least I'm definately going to be quite verbal with the next one
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