Monday, 20 August 2012

Just another hurdle to get over

Since my accident I have been using my hands a lot, they bare my weight on my crutches, and they help me get around on my wheelchair. But if I have been using them a lot during the night they start to go numb to the point where it becomes very painful.

I had tests done at the nerve clinic; there was a strange doctor there who looked after the electric shock machine. He put metal loops around my fingers and then held them in place as he shocked me. Of course I was twinging all over the place and he said 'don't worry soon it will become pleasurable.'
I just looked at him and couldn’t get the picture out of my head of what he would get up to with his little hooks and clips on a night. I was glad to get out of there.

Unfortunately I was diagnosed with moderate to severe Carpel tunnel Syndrome.
This is where the carpel nerve gets trapped in the wrist, causing numbness and pain.
The only way to relive this is surgery.
Both are done on local anaesthetic, and can either be open surgery. (they make a slice from the bottom of your hand, to the middle of the wrist.) Or key hole surgery, I would prefer keyhole, as I didn’t want my favourite tattoo destroyed.

Another problem is recovery time, this can be up to a month and in the mean time your hand/wrist is wrapped up in a sling. This is not good news for someone who relies heavily on their hands.

There was no way I was going to be reduced to one arm and one leg, so I have decided to be put on the waiting list until I have finished my physio and get my leg, that’s more important. 


  1. Kristine Korzow Richter22 August 2012 at 15:23

    Suzi, my mom found that wearing a wrist brace at night helped her to have less numbness and problems with her wrists from carpel tunnel. Her doctor said that most people sleep with their wrists in odd positions and that doing so can worsen the carpel tunnel problems. She now wears braces on her wrists (the ones with the small metal bars in them to keep her wrists from flexing abnormally) just at night. Don't know if it will help, but I thought that would offer.

  2. Thanks Hun i will look into that. I'm also getting physio on them as well until i get my leg. x

  3. Kristine Korzow Richter23 August 2012 at 05:06

    Big hugs! You are amazing.