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Message Board > Miscellaneous > carpal tunnel ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Date: 4/11/12 6:41 PM

Trying to type with one hand! I am having sewing withdrawals!

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Date: 4/11/12 6:45 PM

Are you doing ok? When will you know if it was a major success or not?

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Date: 4/12/12 7:21 PM

My Dr. gave me a great tip.... he recommended this... says it strengthens blood vessels. Quercetin! Has to be the kind made from citrus unless you're allergic.

Hope you heal fast.

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Date: 4/12/12 9:00 PM

Typing with one hand is a lot slower, isn't it? How are you feeling today? The anaesthetic probably wore off last night. I had the surgeries in both wrists this winter, 4 weeks apart to the day. They're not completely back to normal yet (whatever normal was-LOL), but the nerve improvement and pain reduction is notable.

Keep it dry and elevated and ice it regularly, as I'm sure you were instructed to do - it really does help a lot.

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Date: 4/30/12 7:27 PM

Got the stitches out recently. Got the ball to squeeze. Still a little tender especially when turning the steering wheel while driving. My friend had the "quickie" method where they just numbed it with a tiny incision and you were awake the whole time. Recoup is a lot quicker but I didn't want to be awake or see this huge needle going in my hand!

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Date: 4/30/12 11:27 PM

good to hear you are coming along. in the meantime you can plan all your sewing

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Date: 5/1/12 1:14 AM

Best wishes to you on your continued recovery.

I know it is hard when you want to do a jillion things but I hope that you will follow your doctor's schedule for activities.

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Date: 5/10/12 3:47 PM

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I started with a racquetball on the first hand, but I had too much scar tissue and it proved to be too tender for the squeezing. I got some putty to squeeze from physical therapy - actually two different densities of putty, which worked *much* better. I could also strengthen my fingers much more easily with the putty. I think the various balls (racquet, tennis) are easier to grip if you have larger hands and longer fingers. My pads are still a bit tender at the incisions and gripping tightly is a little uncomfortable for my right hand. Last night I noticed tingling in my left hand for about an hour along the outside of my hand and the ring and little finger. Not sure what that was about. Hopefully just more nerve awakening and not an ulna nerve problem.

I was briefly out for the surgeries too. I liked it better that way - the anxiety would have been too intense even though I *knew* they were minor surgeries.

Clt3 had a topic in misc. on her carpal tunnel surgery, and several people added a lot of good info on various patches and using vitamin E oil. Here's the link if you're interested. carpal tunnel surgery - clt3 Hope your recovery continues well!
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