Post # 1
I had carpal tunnel testing this week. I do have it in both hands. I have wished for years for a job with benefits that would make this surgery possible. I have been in pain since the mid 90s.
My job provides insurance, but is quite inflexible about time off. I would be having the surgery on my dominant hand, because of course it’s worse than the other one. I work 40 hours a week selling cruise vacations over the phone in a call center, so of course I am on the computer all.the.time. Ugh.
Does anyone have any experience or friend who did this? I am stressed about it, especially knowing that my employer is so inflexible. Also, of course having surgery is not how I want to spend my vacation time! I do want relief, but wonder if this is the answer. I’m almost glad we have no wedding plans because it would be too much stress on the top of this decision. I will go to my GP to discuss the test results next week.
Post # 3
Since you’ve had it for a while now, you probably have already tried this already but have you used the wrist braces? Do they help? I have bouts of carpal tunnel, I’ve never been tested before. I’m not the best person with following the proper ergonomics so thats what mainly causes my discomfort when I do get it. I don’t work on the computer all day, but sometimes I’ll be on the computer doing paper work. Sorry your insurance doesn’t cover carpal tunnel surgery. Can you talk to someone at work about improving ergonomics in your office?
Post # 4
My insurance will most likely cover carpal tunnel. The problem is that my work doesn’t like to let you off for very long. They have super strict attendance policies. Yes, I’ve tried ergonomics, wrist supports, etc. Thanks for your comments, @yrret107.
Post # 5
@mermaideve: I’m sorry you have to go through this =( I have early carpal tunnel and talked to my grandma about it since it can affect my job (I type for a living!). She’s had surgery in both hands for carpal tunnel and said it was the best decision she could have made. I hope work will allow you the time needed since it takes time and usually they do one hand at a time. I hope the end of the suffering is near for you!
Post # 6
I had it done on my dominant hand, and was off for 6 weeks post op doing therapy 3x’s a week. When I was supposed to be ‘good as new’ and able to return to work, I was unable to hold even a pencil. I had to work only half days for 2 more months while still going to PT. After 6 months the hand surgeon released me and said he would only need to see me again if the numbness came back. It was back less than 5 years later and the pain and weakness never left. I was, unfortunately, not one of the success stories. I actually have it right now, and in both hands, but no surgeon will redo it because of a first time poor outcome.
I was cleaning teeth all day, so I can’t say how you’d do on a computer. My tactile sensitivity was gone as was my hand strength (only 33%), but there are many happy endings to the surgery. I’m just not one of them. 🙁
Make sure you get an experienced, well qualified hand surgeon with a great reputation to increase your odds. Your results will be based on a few things, but just know that the more severe it is, the less likely it will be able to be corrected. Sometimes the damage is permanent. Mine was determined to be ‘severe’.
Post # 7
Highly unlikely it will go away, and most likely it will get worse, especially if you continue what you are doing. I say go for it. I don’t think the recovery time is TOO long and most people I have talked to said it has helped a lot.