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Numb Hand

Discussion in 'Hip Replacement Recovery Area' started by TracyW, Jun 17, 2012.

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  1. TracyW

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    Hi, i'm still dealing with numb fingers from laying on my left side during surgery. It started as my entire hand and now I'm down to numbness thumb through ring finger tips. Have been going to accuptunture, but have not had much progress in 2 sessions.

    Did anyone else have that particular side effect? I swear it my hand has bothered me more than my new hip! :gaah:
     
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    Have not had nerve damage from specifically that cause, but I have had it and it takes months to heal. The fact that you see an improvement means that it is most likely not permanent. The only thing that makes it better is time. How many times have we heard THAT before??
     
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      May I suggest seeing a hand specialist. I ended up with carpal tunnel because of an IV that got messed up and had to have surgery. There are also hand rehab physical specialists..Please follow up and do not let this go too long. Sounds like you need some care.
       
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        Tracy remind us - have you had any PT. They might be able to help you with this. But please don't worry - nerves take a long to time settle.
         
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          Tracey,

          Nerves do take a long time to heal. It sounds as if your nerves are healing if the numbness is decreasing.

          Some years ago I had a compression injury of a nerve in my arm (not from surgery) and could not move my hand. It took several months to heal fully. At that time the neurologist told me that nerves grow at only 1 mm a day !

          I also currently have an area of numbness on my inner thigh from my hip replacement surgery. The area has gotten smaller and smaller over time and seems as if it will dissipate completely.

          How does acupuncture help nerve repair ?
           
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            Thank you all for your support this morning. :SUNsmile:

            Jaycey;, I am doing 26 sessions of PT for my hip and she said that the hand could take between 4 months to a year to heal. She gave me 3 exercises called nerve flossers to release the compression which could be in my shoulder, elbow or wrist. I can feel a difference in blood flow when I do them and I think they're working, but it seems to be slow going.

            Merry:, thank you for the suggestions about the neurologist, hadn't thought of that. I’m sorry to hear that it took a surgery to correct the problem with your wrist. :sorry: The numbness in my hand happened after the first surgery, and although my OS padded the table before the 2nd surgery, the condition didn't improve or change. I suspect like you that there may be a pinch somewhere in my wrist from multiple IV's, but I would need a professional to diagnose. I was ready for the hip incision to be numb, but in all the side effects of THR, I never read about compression of the hand nerves.

            deb;, you're so right, about it just taking time to heal. Patience, patience & more patience. :sigh:

            Elizak;, I had no idea that nerves grew over a period of time. I’ve had a lot of success with resolving medical issues with acupuncture that traditional medicine couldn't cure (i.e. swelling in legs/ankles, digestion, etc), so I started there first. My practitioner is trying to get blood flow moving and open the nerve channels between the shoulder and hand by putting pins in both locations and in between my fingers. I am happy there's been progress, but will be even happier when I can sleep on my left side without making the hand worse. Since recently starting back with her, we have made terrific progress in taking down the swelling particularly in the right leg, but also in the left. :)

            I really appreciate all your thoughts!
            Tracy
             
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            Tracey,

            Sorry used the wrong term, "grow" as in repair itself from a compression injury. I did see a neurologist for my hand and they were able to determine the location of the injury through nerve conduction tests. I also had PT and a splint as i could not move my hand.

            It is tough to have to deal with a nerve problem along with all of the normal issues to face in recovery. Sure hope the feeling in your hand returns soon.
             
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              I had the same problem with my first hip replacement. Things were just starting to improve when i had the second Hip, causeing a relapse of the nerve problems. but the knee replacement did not cause any further damage, although I still have problems.

              Most of my problems stem from the fact that as we have replaced bad joints(hips and knees), new joints (elbows and ankles) have taken over the arthritis issues, and I had previous nerve damage issues in my elbows, from when I worked full time in data entry. They were so carefull to prevent Carpul Tunnel syndrome there, that they ended up causeing Cubital Tunnel syndrome (the same as carpul tunnel, but in the elbow instead of the wrist.)
               
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                You may have laid on your right side but I can promise you that you didn't lie on your right hand or arm! We are very, very careful to makes sure the arms are carefully positioned and supported during surgery. It's more likely your nerve problems arise from crutch neuralgia which is a very common problem. This can take some months to resolve and I do suggest you leave it to do that and not try to hurry it up with things like acupuncture. Nerves can take months to heal but in this case may be only some weeks. Be patient - it will resolve.
                 
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                  I think I have some mild carpal tunnel. It flared up a lot after surgery when I was using my walker so much for support. I wear braces on my wrists at night and I have some "lighter" ones I keep in my desk at work if they start hurting. As long as I religiously wear the braces at night, things feel OK. I bought my braces at CVS pharmacy, Futura brand. I'm expecting it to flare again after I have to use the walker again, but I know it will get better.

                  I hope things improve for you.

                  Dorothy
                   
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                    Thank you Jo, Anna, Elizak and Dorothy for the information. I appreciate your support so much. :)
                     
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                    Just a bit of patience Tracy. The good news is this will resolve itself!
                     
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                      Hi Tracey could I ask a favour if your pt gives you some exercises to help with the numbness could you put them on here for me I don't suffer like you just occasionally and I know it's coming from my neck and shoulder but the pts I've seen wont help they said they have to prioritise ie hip which I understand but my argument is the crutches due to the hip op aggravaited the problem
                      Good luck and I hope it revolves soon for you
                      Hope you don't mind thanks and take care
                       
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