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Anyone ever had surgery for tendonitis in the wrist?  I have been in horrible pain in my left wrist and thumb for over a year and thought it was carpal tunnel because I have typed for years.  I also have a lot of numbness in my right hand.  I finally went to the doctor and found out that I have carpal tunnel in my right hand but tendonitis in my left.  The doc told me that the tendonitis had gotten so bad that the only thing that would help is surgery.  I had the surgery about 2 weeks ago and am in a half cast and sling.  Everyone is asking me what happened and to my surprise I’m getting a lot of comments like “I didn’t know they could do surgery for tendonitis”.  I can’t find any info on the net and should have done some research before I had the surgery.  Do any of you know anything about it?  I go back to the doc tomorrow and want to have my questions ready.

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  1. Generic Image SIZZELN says

    Never heard of the tendonitis surgery but carpal tunnel surgery I had. Very good recovery, both hands. Lost 15% of strength. Doctor did surgery on thumb with bandages, no cast. A little pain every once in a while…TRACK

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    • Gyspy Gyspy says

      Gosh, I didn’t think about loosing some strength.  Most everyone I’ve talked to about the carpal tunnel surgery had good results.  That might be next for me, but I hope not.  Thanks TRACK.

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  2. Gramma Gramma says

    Oh, am I glad I saw this post…..I have been having numbness and tingleing in my hands for several years, espcially when I use them to zip zippers, button buttons and write alot.  I thought I was getting too much salt.  Both of my thumb joints have been in a lot of pain for several years and have gotten worse lately.  I though it was because I gained 10 pounds.  They are now numb as I type.  It makes me afraid to hold things, like my newborn grandson.  Lately, I wake up at night and both hands are numb and in alot of pain.  I googled all of this, and saw alot of things it could be. The one I zeroed in on was the carpal tunnel. I was just going to email my doctor about this.  Anyway, never thought it might be tendonitis!  Does it sound like what your symptoms were?  I am left handed, but only use that hand for writing.  I use my left for everything else.  I always thought carpal tunnel happened to people who typed alot for a living, etc.  I just started using my computer alot recently.  ??

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    • Gyspy Gyspy says

      Actually, mine got worse after my grandaughter (age 3) and my grandson (age 2) came along.  I laughed with my doc and told her it wasn’t until I was having trouble picking up my grandbabies that I decided to have the surgery.  She said  “on a serious note, that probably is what did it”.  I didn’t get the numbness and tingleing with the tendonitis, just a lot of pain, but I do get the numbness and tingleing with the carpal tunnel.

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      • Gramma Gramma says

        I just emailed my doctor and described all my symptoms.  The numbness and tingling got slowely worse and now is most of the time.  The pain in thumb joint came a couple of years ago, along with my first grandson.  The pain and numbness at night is pretty new, but then so is my new grandson….I am getting afraid to hold him when I am standing, because my arms then get numb….ugh!  I hope I don’t need the surgery, I don’t have the time!!! But, it is probably will be my fault for putting it off!

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      • Gyspy Gyspy says

        Don’t put it off….that’s what I did

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      • Generic Image MiMi says

        Dont put it off….you’ll feel so silly for waiting!

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  3. Generic Image MiMi says

    I had the exact same  surgery 2 years  ago. Walked around for 8 mo. like an idiot trying not to use that hand.It’s the best decision I ever made overlooking the fact I waited so long. Recovery/physical therapy about 3 weeks(I think) and now its started in my other wrist but I promise I will not wait so long. Go for it ….you’ll be a new woman !

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  4. susanadele susanadele says

    This sounds like what I had a few years ago.  Both wrists had tendonitis so bad, I had a little lump on each wrist.   The first couple of docs I went to said it was arthritis, and prescribed drugs, but that didnt make sense to me, it felt more like tendonitis, so I went to two other docs.  The last doc agreed with me it was tendonitis, and prescribed physical therapy.  Alot of different kinds of stretching by the therapist, and then a few things (like putting wrists in hot and cold water alternating).  Over a few months, I improved almost 100%.  Today I have no pain, and the little lumps are gone, but I have lost a little range of motion.  I only notice that if I get on my hands and knees (cant flex my wrists 90 degrees).  But otherwise, the wrists are great!

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    • Gyspy Gyspy says

      Anytime you can avoid surgery it’s a good thing.  So glad you got better without it.  I went back to the doc today and they removed my cast.  The only pain I have now is from the cut!  The doc said I should be good as new in about 4 more weeks.

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  5. Generic Image Old tom boy says

    I had a similiar situation with my thumbs after my grandson was about a year old.  It took me a while to figure it out but when I would pick him up under his arms he would lean forward and put excess pressure on my thumbs.  My granddaughter hadn’t done this but the boy just wanted up.  I started picking him up from the back with my arm wrapped around his middle and it really helped.

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    • Gyspy Gyspy says

      So true, same here with that boy and girl!  So different.  I also had to make adjustments to the way I picked them up.  The little rugrats are so worth it though.  Such a blessing in my life!!!

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      • Gramma Gramma says

        I so agree!  My g’sons have me wrapped around their little fingers!  =]

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  6. susanadele susanadele says

    One other thing I just thought of to help prevent this from coming back….I got a trackball for my computer, instead of a traditional mouse.  And I often use it with my left hand (I’m right handed).  Both the trackball itself and switching hands using it help me keep from overusing either hand/wrist.

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    • Gyspy Gyspy says

      I am going to see about getting a trackball first thing Monday!  Did it take very long to get used to using your left hand with the trackball?

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      • susanadele susanadele says

        Not too long, and by now, I’m very proficient! :-)   I think it’s also probably good exercise for your brain to use different hands. 

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  7. Generic Image Anonymous says

    I have had horrible tendonitis in both wrists for 12 years I haven’t gone back to a doc in 6 years after I had him show me the hand excercises yet again i was very proactive and I took three months off work and it still stayed., I have done everything, yoga for 10 years which I love , they had me on Nsaids for 3 years and muscle relaxers for 9 severe gastris means no more Meds. They never masked it anyway but the pain has gotten worse I just had a root canal on a perfect tooth except my dentist said I cracked it from clenching. i told him i do it because of the pain .would love to have a doc after 12 years who would consider surgery. I’m afraid of a rupture. :(

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