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Old 02-01-2010, 06:37 AM   #1
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basal thumb arthritis

I have been experiencing extreme pain in my left basal thumb joint. I am considering arthroplasty but I would really like to hear from others who have recently had the surgery. Are you happy with the result? Would you do it again?

 
Old 02-08-2010, 03:02 PM   #2
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Re: basal thumb arthritis

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I have been experiencing extreme pain in my left basal thumb joint. I am considering arthroplasty but I would really like to hear from others who have recently had the surgery. Are you happy with the result? Would you do it again?

First of all, are you taking Lipitor or any other statin?

I had a sudden attack of the same thing after being on Lipitor for nearly three years, and it took a while to connect the cause to the drug.

Since stopping Lipitor, the basal thumb pain has totally disappeared.

 
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Old 02-09-2010, 10:32 AM   #3
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Re: basal thumb arthritis

No, I'm not taking Lipitor. I have had xrays which show arthritis in this joint.

 
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Re: basal thumb arthritis

Hi, I also have basal joint arthritis. Please let me know if you do have the surgery and how it turns out.

 
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I am not sure how you would go about finding a hand surgeon. I guess you can try going by word of mouth, or visiting with a couple of them and asking many questions. I started a new thread because i have questions too with this basal arthritis problem.
I've been talking with nurses in the Ortho field and former patients. Fortunately, I live in a good-sized city that has many options.

 
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Re: basal thumb arthritis

So, today is the day that I have my surgery. I'm a little apprehensive but figure that instead of the pain continuing to get worse, it will begin to get better. My surgeon has done this surgery for 26 years so he should know what he's doing. And the fact that he would rather be doing surgery on a Saturday rather than playing golf is encouraging. I probably won't post for several days but the dr. said that I should have my hard cast on the 11th.

 
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good luck let me know how it goes

 
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Re: basal thumb arthritis

i go back today for 1st post op visit and receive hard cast. going for yellow for summer, what do you think? Recup is going ok so far.

 
Old 09-09-2010, 01:26 PM   #9
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i go back today for 1st post op visit and receive hard cast. going for yellow for summer, what do you think? Recup is going ok so far.
Dajo,
How are you doing?

 
Old 09-09-2010, 04:03 PM   #10
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Re: basal thumb arthritis

Its 14 weeks post surgery for me, and I'm trying to work out a date for surgery on the other hand.

 
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Re: basal thumb arthritis

i had surgery on my left hand on May 1st of this year. i would definitely consider my surgery a success! I'm still gaining strength and the joint will never be again as God made it but I no longer have that sharp, excruciating pain.

 
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Its 14 weeks post surgery for me, and I'm trying to work out a date for surgery on the other hand.
Glad to hear things have gone so well you are having your other hand done. keep us posted on how that goes.

 
Old 09-10-2010, 06:21 AM   #13
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i had surgery on my left hand on May 1st of this year. i would definitely consider my surgery a success! I'm still gaining strength and the joint will never be again as God made it but I no longer have that sharp, excruciating pain.
Good to hear that it was a success. I am 8 weeks post op and although I haven't started PT yet but will next week. I too think the surgery was a success. No more grinding pain ALL the time...So much better. I do miss my old thumb though and will be glad when I have more flexibility in it.

 
Old 11-09-2010, 01:15 PM   #14
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Re: basal thumb arthritis

Just an update, bad news from the Physical Therapist. She says the my thumb/hand is now deformed. Haha..ok, so the top joint of my thumb has taken up the work of the rest of my thumb. The next joint down to which the tendon is now attached is locked up almost completely. When she asks me to bend my thumb pretty much the only thing that moves is the very top joint... Doctor blames the Physical Therapist, and she blames him. he says she should have worked it more, she says he had me in a cast too long. She did rig up something to give me a slow light stretch to see if we can't get that joint to work again.. Pinch is at 50%, but only with the top joint. I trying to do the exercises, she gave me, all the time. Thumb is sore this week. How is everyone else doing?

 
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Re: basal thumb arthritis

Is this caused by over use? I think it's what I have, my GP put me on darvocet & soma for now.

 
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