Time resurrect this old thread I am afriad
. I went to see the hand surgeon today as he has been treating me for both my instable right thumb and my clicky elbow. I was pleased to report that my right thumb is now pain free after having a 2nd steroid injection, but happened to mention in passing about the increasing numbness I have been getting on the outer side of both little fingers. I wish I had kept quiet now
. Basically, the surgeon did a thorough investigation and was able to evoke the numbness by tapping against the nerve going up my forearm and ha diagnosed me with ulnar nerve entrapment on both sides. He says the right is the worst and has already put me on the waiting list to have that one operated on, and has ordered nerve conduction studies on both arms to see the extent of the damage. He kept going on about irreversable damage and that the longer it is left the worse it can get.
My trouble is I have had soooo many operations lately (already 2 this year) and as well as work going bullistic, my Mum is worried about the strain it is putting on my body to have all these general anaesthetics (this will be my 13th general as it happens
not that I am superstitious).
Part of me understands that it needs to be done, but the other part of me is so fed up that I keep having to have one procedure or another done all th time. The surgeon didn't even discuss conservative treatment, which I would much rather try before going done the route of another op.
I am seeing the rheumy at Stanmore in a week or two, so I will try to discuss it with him when I see him. I jsut know my hubby will be annoyed too, as for some reason, rather than being sympathetic, he just shouts and moans at me when I tell him I need more surgery. I guess he is worried (as am I) that I may end up losing my job as I need so much time off work each year.
I am a bit dejected at the moment as you can probablly tell