Trip To Hand Surgeon Yesterday

Thought I’d update you on what I found out yesterday. Assuming the health insurance company agrees to help pay for it, the hand surgeon will begin with my right thumb and middle finger.

Right now he’s a month out in terms of surgery appointments so this won’t happen for a bit.

Living Alone & Having This Surgery:

Since I live alone, he will wait and then do the left thumb. Then we’ll re-evaluate. I need at least one hand to deal with the pets and feed myself, etc.

Frozen fingers (all eight of them) just cropped up in my life about 6-7 months ago. So this is all still new to me. I’ll have to make some changes in my life.

What Exactly Is Trigger Finger:

Trigger finger, also known as stenosing tenosynovitis, occurs when inflammation narrows the space within the sheath that surrounds the tendon in the affected finger.

Trigger finger generally results from inflammation within a tendon sheath, restricting tendon motion. Inflammation narrows the space within the sheath that surrounds the tendon in each affected finger.

A bump (nodule) in the tendon also may form. Tendons are fibrous cords that attach muscle to bone.

If trigger finger is severe, your finger may become locked in a bent position.

I will not be posting as frequently, most likely. I’ve got to rest my hands more. Taking care of Charlie and Ivy will be my predominant concern. And tending to my own needs of course.

Physical Therapy Afterwards:

He said I’d have to really work hard in physical therapy afterwards to get motion within my fingers. They’re so arthritic at this point, he said he doubted I’d ever get any real amount of flexion back or open my fingers fully.

Flexion is the act of flexing or bending.

At night I lie awake trying to find a comfortable way to hold my hands. And there really isn’t a way to do that. Who thinks they’ll ever have to worry how to hold their hands so they won’t hurt so they can sleep?

Worries About Kendra:

I’m afraid Kendra may be on her way to the same fate. She already has signs in her left thumb, and so I asked them about this. They said she probably would end up with my problems, which just makes me sick.

As a career as a realtor and flipping houses, she of course desperately needs the use of her fingers and hands. Really, what do we do that we don’t need those digits on both hands?

I told him I just wanted to mainly be able to use a spoon and fork and knife. That’s what it finally comes down to. Taking care of the basics.

So I’ll be stepping back a bit but will continue to keep you updated.

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33 Comments

  1. Brenda have you had labs done to check your potassium level? I had very bad trigger finger and pain and turned out it was low potassium from chronic dehydration. I started drinking a high potassium sport drink mix once a day and the pain and trigger finger disappeared.

  2. I am so sorry to hear this for you and I hope the surgery is successful for you as well.
    I just wanted to encourage you to look into an anti-inflammatory diet to aid you with this problem as well.
    I have health issues from inflammation and an anti inflammatory diet gave me my life back. I’d love to see the same for you.
    Feel free to contact me if I can help you with info or research on this.
    Blessings to you Brenda.

  3. I had one trigger finger. I asked my chiropractor about it, and I don’t remember what he did, but he took care of it in one session.

  4. Goodness ..I sure hope the surgery is a big success and with the physical therapy all will go well. So sorry to hear. Arthritis and inflammation are not for sissies is what I am finding out in old age. Take care to be able to care for you and for your babies. Prayers for success, comfort and healing when the time comes. I always enjoy your posts. Thank you.

  5. I will be praying for you that all goes well during surgery and you have full use of your hand !

  6. Brenda, You will be in my prayers for a successful surgery and rehab making it possible to regain your range of motion and the use of your fingers in your daily life….

  7. Is this your first or second opinion,just curious ? If first I would get a second also before having this .Is this an orthopedic surgeon ? Prayers and hugs,wishing you well .

  8. Brenda so sorry you are having to deal with all of this. I have carpal tunnel in my right hand and find wearing a hand brace at night to keep my hand straight provides some degree of relief. If I’m having a bad flare up (usually brought on by overdoing something that I have no business doing) it helps to keep ice packs on my hand while stretching out in my recliner. As I have no issues with my left hand I am not looking to have surgery, at least for the time being. Fortunately there are lots of items available to help make daily life easier for those of us with limited hand mobility. If only there was something out there that could/would keep me from doing things that I KNOW will cause me problems.

  9. Brenda:
    I am sorry you are having to go through this. I had trigger finger on both of my thumbs and after “releasing them” I ended up having to have them fused. It took some getting used to, but now I don’t even notice they don’t bend. Therapy was key to being able to use them. It was painful, but worth it in the long run. Now, I am getting ready for a shoulder replacement. Not looking forward to that at all!!

  10. Oh no! It is distressing to hear of your pain and resulting problem. Resting is so important. Can you have physical therapy on your fingers before the surgery so that the muscles can be stronger? Take care and please do the rehab diligently.

  11. Dear Brenda, I hope so much your hand surgery goes well. Aging is so challenging! Don’t know about you but for me mentally I’m feeling young and engaging. What a contradiction. I send you Blessings.

  12. I’m 3 weeks post surgery on my right hand, for carpel tunnel and one trigger finger. I am just now FINALLY being able to use my hand! It’s been a LONG 3 weeks. the wrist incision healed fine, but the incision where he did the trigger finger, has been very slow and my finger is still very sore and I can’t straighten it out yet.. also the palm is sore and I can’t put any pressure on it. It is so hard to not have the use of one hand or your fingers! I thought I was prepared, but once I really couldn’t use it, I found out how HARD it is to do normal things, like getting dressed, putting on a bra(!) (which I can finally only do after 3 weeks!), spreading butter on toast, washing your other hand, brushing teeth, opening a can (beware – trying to open one of those pop top pet food cans is impossible without the use of your fingers)!! Good luck.. you may have to get some help with some things! I’m not having my left hand done until this Fall, so that I can do some gardening. I’m just now finally being able to do a little digging, but mostly left handed. Can’t sweep either. It’s very frustrating! I wish you luck and hope it goes smoothly! Marilyn

  13. Take care dear Brenda. I’ll miss the daily posts but taking care of yourself and the furry angels is of primary importance. I’ll keep both you & Kendra in my prayers.

  14. So sorry you have to go through this treatment. I wish you well in your recovery. You will find a way to compensate and make changes in the way you use your fingers and hand. God bless you. Stay safe.

  15. Brenda, I’m so sorry you are going through this! I wish there was something I could do or say to help you. As we get older, things seem to start to fall apart, or stop working, or just ache. Growing old is definately not for the faint of heart. But, it’s better to grow old than not grow old! You have many friends here who love and support you. We will all be praying for you and a speedy recovery. Most importantly, you and your fur babies need to come first. We will all be here waiting for you.

  16. Oh Brenda, I am so sorry to hear this. I know how much your patio and flowers and digging in the dirt and planting, mean to you. I pray that you will still be able to add that to the jobs you are able to do. I have never heard of frozen fingers, but have heard of trigger finger, but again didn’t really know what it meant. Feeding the pets alone can be difficult for you, opening a can with a can opener. A person really doesn’t think of stuff like that, until it’s taking away from you. I wish you so much luck with taking care of Ivy and Charlie, and yourself most of all, and I will keep you in my prayers. Hang in there Brenda, all of your readers, I am sure, are rooting for you. Big Hugs from WI

  17. I’m so sorry to hear you’re going through this. Sounds awful. I just hope the surgery helps you and you get most of your range of motion back in your fingers and hand.

  18. Oh Brenda, I certainly didn’t understand the extent of limitation that trigger finger can cause. Until you spoke of it I don’t think I understood it at all. Best of luck with your surgery and we will miss your daily posts but you have to take care of yourself.

  19. Taking care of yourself and your fur babies is a major priority. You do whatever you have to do. Self care is very important!

  20. I hope the surgery will give you some relief. It is amazing isn’t it that up to this point in our lives we have taken for granted freely using our hands and fingers without pain. Arthritis of any form is very painful.
    Grasping a wash cloth and even petting my fur babies can be excruciating on my bad days. I have lost count of how many dishes I have dropped and broken because my fingers won’t work right. I’ll be following along as you have your surgery and throughout your recovery period. Wishing only the very best outcome Brenda!

  21. I am glad you finally got an answer and you just need to take care of yourself and your pets.

  22. I’ll be keeping in my thoughts and prayers that the surgery goes well and so does your recovery. You are a very strong person so I know you will do every thing you can to get your hand back to normal as much as you can. I look forward to your daily note so will miss that but do what is best for you and also for taking care of your fur babies.

  23. Hi Brenda
    I am so sorry to hear you are dealing with this. At least they will do one hand at a time. I will be praying for you. Just a thought…would it be possible to dictate some your blog so you don’t have to type it out? I can speak into my phone and tablet and it will write it out. We will miss your daily post but taking care of you takes priority.

      1. Brenda I think you have mentioned that you have an iPad and an iPhone. Both of those have the dictation feature.

        I wish you all the best and hope the surgery and physical therapy bring you relief.

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