This topic contains 3 replies, has 3 voices, and was last updated by  Denise 5 months ago.

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  • #959

    Denise
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    The carpal tunnel syndrome in my left hand is dreadful again, with me having sleepless nights despite wearing the deeply unattractive NHS hand/wrist brace. It has been suggested that I should get an operation to sort out my Carpal Tunnel. As a carer, I just cannot take time off. I have twice had steroid injections to save having the op in the past 2 years and with having no-one to take over looking after my mum that is a major bonus. Luckily the NHS does see the point of not insisting on the op as it would mean they would have to find a way to provide much more support here. So now I have an appointment in a couple of days for the next injection – if I can wait that long! Any tips or advice?   :S

  • #961

    melly
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    Denise, what is the success rate of the op?

    I put off as long as possible a hip replacement because of caring for my disabled son. In the end, I could only walk outside the home with crutches. I was agony whether I was resting or active and couldn’t sleep. My son could see the pain in my face and that stressed him out. In short I was desperate. I agreed to have the op. My son stayed at home. Luckily I had two friends who went over and above to care for him whilst I was in hospital, when he wasn’t at school. Caring for him after my op wasn’t easy, but nor was it before. At least I was the right side of the op. The pain was less – post-op pain rather than deep, knawing bone pain. As a result of my op I am much better placed to care for him now.

    If the success rate is good, I would look at your options. I’m sure it’s usually day surgery, so you would still be at home to supervise your Mum’s care. Don’t write off the op completely.

  • #962

    amy
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    Denise, have the darn op. I was in exactly the same place as Melly. I found the post-op pain worse than the hip pain but at least it got better in the end. Worse thing was sleeping on my back for 3 months. I have an old back injury which means I have a lot of pain if I am on my back. I had to sleep sitting up. Horrid but it did improve in the end. Like Melly I was still looking after Mum during the recovery period.
    Your wrist will not get better, only worse. If there’s a chance you can fix it then get the care in place and do it so you can cope again in the future. There comes a point when the best choice between 2 evils is the one which gives some hope.

  • #963

    Denise
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    Had the steroid injection on Tuesday morning – marked improvement but not cured it completely. A very sympathetic guy who said he would keep my case ‘active’ until October in case I need to go back. Since then I have had much better sleep thank goodness instead of waking with burning pains in hand and arm. Fingers crossed it lasts a while.

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