Don't let your doctor or nurse hear you talk about sticking knitting needles etc down your arm they'll do one lol . My surgeon told me to tap the cast over the itch and that would do it (yeah, right). Bearing in mind i had my casts for 6 months before
the surgery also.
Take it easy and relax, Take the opportunity to help the rest of your joints recuperate (sp) while your not working, oh and when the cast does come off don't be daft and do too much too soon, it hurts
Are the wires being removed under a local or general? On my left they did it under general and all was fine but all the rest they did it with a local (i can see their reasoning, I had already had 5 GA procedures and it wasn't doing my body too much good) but Local anesthetic doesn't work on me very well (as i think is the case with many HEDSers), so it was v. painful, and they didn't believe me, make sure you warn them if this is the case with you so you can have appropriate pain relief.
i have CDO. Know what that is? its OCD, but the letters are in alphabetical order like they should be...
"to flexibility and beyond"