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Re: EMG test high, CTS with nerve damage. Will surgery help?

Re: EMG test high, CTS with nerve damage. Will surgery help?

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Posted by Deeborah on September 30, 2000 at 22:43:35:

In Reply to: EMG test high, CTS with nerve damage. Will surgery help? posted by Raven on September 29, 2000 at 22:51:11:

: I finally was referred to a Ortho- Hand Dr. I had a serious injury to my left hand and I also told him about the numbness and pain in my right hand so they did a EMG which tested 6.4 and above. The Doc scheduled me in Dec(thats how booked up he is) for CT release surgery. I have been wearing a wrist splint for almost two monts with no relief. I feel a burning pain most of the time raidiating up my arm with numbness in all fingers except the pinky and sometime I get a catching feeling and sharp pain. The Doc says the surgery will help but he says I have had CTS for along time and I have nerve damage. So he doesn't think my hand will ever become normal. I am in a cast on my left hand for Hyperextention of the thumb. I torn all the tendons around the thumb joint and damaged the tendon. I will also need surgery for this. My questions are for the CTS. Do you all think I should have the surgery even if my hand will most likely still have some numbness? If I do not do the surgery what will happen to my hand? Any advice, info tips success stories or failures are welcome. I am not sure what to do and I am completely lost without my hands. I train Search and Rescue dogs for a living and now I can't work at all. Thank you, Raven

Raven, Sorry to hear of your injury. I had CTS for a few years & had to wear braces at night for a few years to keep the numbness & pain in check. I had surgery in May on each of my wrists. It is wonderful not to wear the braces at night anymore & I am doing physical therapy exercises to build the strength back in my hands. I think it was definately worth it. Your muscles will continue to deteriorate if you just let it go. I am not saying I am totally pain free, but I am much better than before. Go to a specialist with an excellent reputation. My doctor did an open CT release on me. He does not feel the endoscopic surgery is perfected enough yet & people are coming out of surgery with permanent nerve damage. Best wishes & I hope you will be back to training dogs soon!

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