Originally Posted by IRMGARD
I was operated two months ago on my right wrist for the carpal tunnel syndrome. The pain is gone, grip and flexibility ok but the middle and pointing fingers as well as the thumb feel still swollen and I have trouble to hold tiny things, like a needle. These fingers are also very sensitive when I touch things such as a zipper or velcro. IS THERE ANYTHING I COULD DO?
IRMGARD, have your symptoms improved. Have you seen the doc again and are you doing any physical therapy?
Those are pretty much the extact symptoms I had after the CT release that I had on my left hand. The doc had nicked the nerve during surgery. ( he denied that he had done anything to cause the symptoms, but had to admit to it later, when confronted with the truth after it was confirmed by another surgery).
I complained about the sensitivity to touch early on and was sent to PT for things to do to desensitize. At one point, it was thought I had RSD ( another topic on healthboards) and I probably would have had full blown RSD if I hadn't had the PT as an intervention. I wore a surgical glove a lot for awhile, because it hurt to touch things.
Don't believe anyone that tells you the pain or symptoms are in your head. They will also tell you you need to learn to live with it. It's up to you, but I would seek another opinion, preferably with a hand specialist. I saw one in the Twin Cities in MN.
I do take amitriptlyine, though, to keep symptoms calmed down, though the pain and sensitivity to touch is still there. And there are things I cannot do now, but was able to do when I had carpal tunnel.