Re: Help! Ulnar Nerve Muscle loss
Hello! I am female, age 50 and had this muscle wasting going on for 20 years prior to my ulnar nerve surgery on November 4th - about 3 weeks ago. The wasting is in the right hand between the thumb and first finger. There is a "caved in" area where this muscle used to be. My ring & last fingers had numbness and weakness also. I never had much pain at all, and was just getting worried because the weakness was getting worse. That's why I finally had the surgery.
If you will look at my reply to Anita in the thread right below this one you can see where I am in my progress of recovery.
I too have a lot of muscle wasting...however...the doctor tells me it may take maybe 3 years, but my muscles in the hand should come back. (However I have read on the internet that people say the muscle will NOT come back. However...I am going to choose to trust my doctor on this).
I do not know of a specialist. I can tell you I am in a small Appalachian Town in the US, in Virginia, and was treated by a local orthopedic surgeon. Of course, here, you will have to pay dearly for your treatment. I had my surgery performed in the hospital - I was in there at 7 a.m. and out of there by maybe 10:00 and the bill was $11,000for 3 hours! ....Just for the hospital part - not including the surgery (I have no idea on that, maybe $20,000??? I have not received a bill)...and anesthesthia - I do not remember how much that one was. Of course, here most people carry insurance, but there are balances to be paid after insurance....for you - coming from Europe where there is free health care - to here - it may be a bit of a shock at the expenses we pay here....many people go without treatment because they cannot afford it...but I know that's off the topic.
If you want a specialist, maybe a hand specialist would be the place to look...I could offer you the name of my doctor, however - I'm in a small town and the bigger cities and teaching hospitals would be the places to look for specialists.
I'm in the "hoping" phase...I hope my surgery will bring back my muscle. I would not want to refer you to somewhere without knowing my result, and I don't know it yet. At least, I know the muscle loss will not get any worse, and this alone makes me happy.
Let me know if you would like to ask me anything else!