- Feb 6, 2013
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- Southeast Texas
I don't think the length of time you've had carpal tunnel affects your candidacy for surgery, but it may affect which procedure is best for you. I was unable to have the less invasive procedure and had the full blown regular surgery. Still just an outpatient day surgery and had no side effects other than being "hobbled" for a while! My father suffered (and I mean suffered) for many, many years before they even developed a surgical procedure for it. He worked hard all his life, and had to work through the pain. I remember his sleepless nights, too. His surgery was in the late 70's. Very successful. I had it for years, too, but wouldn't take the time off from work to do the surgery. I tried everything. Some things worked a little, some things worked a lot, some things worked a little while. I'm not the one who posted about using a D.O. for carpal tunnel, but I've used one and had good success for other things with an osteopath (D.O.) and also from a chiropractor, but we didn't get any results on the carpal tunnel. I tried various types of massage therapy (not the feel-good type, but the intensive kind...forget now what techniques were used), which had incredible results for everything BUT the carpal tunnel. Also tried acupuncture, which worked for other things, but not the Carpal Tunnel. I guess you just know when your options are up. I had some of the same issues with Morton's Neuroma on my foot. Tried EVERYTHING and finally said I'm done with the less invasive options, let's FIX the problem. Very successful. Very happy. Was able to get back to my active life. That's the bottom line.Marianne said:I don't know if I'd be a good candidate for surgery anymore. I have had this for at least 10 years. Also don't have any health insurance :/ .heatherlynnky said:You can also try a DO Doctor of osteopathy. I went to one and have no issues anymore. It took about 6 visits and I was good to go. Mine was so bad I could not write anymore.txcanoegirl said:For those of you with severe carpal tunnel syndrome...don't discount surgery.
I had it so severe in both hands, that for every two hours of sleep, I'd have an hour or two sleepless, pacing the house until the pain subsided. Daytime symptoms were bad, too. It affected my work, sleep, everyday activities, and play. I had the surgery on one hand, then the other 6 weeks later. I have now been pain-free, symptom-free for 7 years.
It's definitely possible that some of you may still be at a stage where you can manage the symptoms, such as using braces at night, strategic placement of pillows, extra B-complex vitamins, healthy diet, exercise, pain meds, limiting the things that make it worse, etc., but if it is changing the quality of your life, it may be time for more drastic measures. I'm certainly glad I did.
Jill, what was the treatment from the DO?
I went off Premarin probably 8 years ago or so. Dr wouldn't prescribe it unless I had a pap EVERY year (I had a hysterecomy 20 years before that) AND a mammogram EVERY year (no breast cancer history in family). I have an issue w/ radiation in my boobies. If there was any history of breast cancer, it'd be a different deal, ya know? And his exam? He was in the room with me for less than 2 minutes.
Sorry, I digress. Massive hot flashes, agh. What helped me the most was really cutting back on coffee or anything with caffeine, and a little fan on my night stand.
I had good luck with premarin. But I had a close friend that died from cancer, she begged me to get off of it. Her sis was a pharmacist and she wouldn't take it. I asked two other pharmacists, one said that's some nasty stuff. My doc said that the benefits outweighed the risks. Maybe so, but I'd rather try some more natural stuff.
I am all for alternative therapies and natural healing, but you have to find what works for YOU. You're the only one that decides when you can or can't manage it any more on your own.
Regarding menopausal symptoms...I sailed right through menopause with nary a blip. If I had hot flashes, they were so minor I think I thought at the time I was just a little warm. I have never taken any hormone replacement medications. However, when I was younger, I started experiencing some PMS. I began taking Evening Primrose Oil on a daily basis (not just during the PMS time) and it worked wonders. I don't recall now why I started taking that particular supplement, whether it was something I read or if it was recommended. I think that now some people don't believe it is effective for PMS, but I took it for perhaps 2 or 3 years and my symptoms completely disappeared. The PMS did not return after I discontinued taking it. I think they were 500 mg capsules. Although I've been finished with menopause for about 6-7 years, I still get some hormone activity. Every now and then I "feel" a little PMS coming on (my PMS has always been manifested by being weepy over nothing for about 3 days and the inability to deal with certain stresses that normally wouldn't phase me), I can take the Evening Primrose Oil for a day or two, which seems to help, although the phase would probably pass by then, anyway. At this point, the help the Evening Primrose Oil provides is probably psychological--for me, at least. I know it helped me back when.