Re: it's the hands,
- From: <hacbac@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 30 Jan 2006 15:29:40 -0500
I've had hand surgeries and foot surgeries. The hand surgeries required
more post Op rehab, but miracles can be done to hands today. I only had my
thumbs done at a hand center. Both tendons broke in my thumbs and the
surgeon attached tendons from another part of the hand (part of the
forefinger I think) and my thumbs are as good as new. I went to 3 hand
surgeons for different opinions and this one was the only one who didn't
believe in fusing the thumbs. I'm forever grateful.
When I was doing rehab once a week, I saw hands a lot worse then mine. Some
were so shifted outward that they didn't look like hands anymore, but more
flipper like. As I said, a lot can be done on hands now.
"HIKER4LIFE" <HIKER4@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
> Hi All,
> I've been considering posting this question and I thought maybe it was
> senseless; but I will, anyway.
> My hands are painful and becoming malformed. I see a rheumatologist
> regularly and I have seen an orthopaedic, specializing in hands. Well, my
> impression is, the hands don't matter - in no way is there any help for
> this rapid deterioration. My rheumy advises me to wait until the OA is
> further along in hips, etc., before taking anything powerful due to side
> affects of the stronger anti-inflammatories. As for anti-inflammatories,
> they cause so many side affects, I am only taking Motrin at this time and
> the doc thinks this is fine. The orthopaed has advised nothing can be
> done to any area of my hands except thumb joint replacement.
> With some question in his face, my rheumy calls my mushy finger tips (they
> move sideways, not normal!) psoriatic; the thumbs are osteo and the crook
> on the fingers is rheumatoid - Two of my fingers are beginning to get so
> large in the second joint - soon, I will not be able to bend them, not at
> all. They pain me a lot, but not the pain that is intolerable, just ever
> I am asking why are knees replaced and all other joints; noses altered -
> in fact I could have my face COMPLETELY reconstructed, yet, nothing can be
> done to help the damaging affects of arthritis to my hands? With all of
> the great knowledge in this world - how can I not have help with
> stabilizing the fingers in my hands?
> I fully understand the good people in this group suffer far greater
> problems than I, but I'm just looking to any one of you to help me to
> understand why the hands are ignored; to learn what any one of you have
> done for your hands, if anything.
> Always, the feed back from this particular group is most helpful and
> caring. Thanks to anyone of you with the time to respond to my possibly
> "senseless" question.
> Be well, be happy,
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