Ok so I know I gripe a lot about my symptoms and blah blah but I have had carpal tunnel for a few years now but it's just now getting to the surgical point in my left hand, thank God I'm right handed. I was at the neurologist yesterday and he highly recommended surgery, and he's not one for surgery at all. I'm worried about it because of the recovery time. I have had a lot of decreased strength and in things I can do or grip but I'm scared. The recovery time is about two weeks before you can do anything with it and then at least 6 weeks until you can do any heavy lifting and such. Since my job requires me to lift a lot of heavy things, this sucks. I was out last year for 6 weeks from my gallbladder surgery and that SO sucked. Anyway, was wondering if anybody else has/had carpal tunnel and/or the surgery and what your experiences are. Thanks.
I had carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel surgery 11 months ago. The healing did not take long, but I had alot of scar tissue and had PT and was out of work for three months.
Now almost a year later, my wrist is very weak, but the numbness I had in my fingers, is completely gone.
Hey you are not griping at all,its worrying if you have never had a surgery.I think Debbie b has the answer you need.I dont have it but will be thinking of you.
Sometimes carpal tunnel syndrome can be treated with vitamin B6 supplements. 100mg/day is completely safe - iirc, researchers found most people could tolerate up to 1000mg/day, and some people had problems at 500mg/day. B6 is nerve food. I have the book somewhere - "vitamin B6 therapy", iirc.
One of my doctors (a D.O.) wrote a paper about how some of his patients with carpal tunnel have a displaced bone in their wrist. He does his manipulation technique, the bone goes back into place, and the carpal tunnel problem goes away.
I had carpal tunnel syndrome along with tendonitis in both hands at the same time. I had surgery on my right via microscopic surgery (1996) and it helped. I would do it in a second all over again. I didn't have scar tissue as all you can see is a 1/4 inch fine line where the incision was made. The first 24 hours was the worst and everything else afterward was a peace of cake. I rested it and attended physical therapy to strengthen it and I think that really helped. I drove to a larger community 2 hours away afteer seeing all the pix of the local releases. Scars up the arms, thick, bumpy, etc.. I asked to see pix when I had an office visit. I asked my primary for out of town referral. I am very thankful and blessed. I encourage you to do it; you will love it and it's one less aggravation.
Let us know what you decide.
Take care & God Bless,