Wish Me Good Luck: I See The Hand Surgeon Tomorrow and WARNING (Again)!

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    After my visit to surgeon

    Hand Surgeon I met with today had read the MRI and essentially said that joint is all messed up between thumb and wrist, the Basal Thumb Joint. This I posted about already; very bad arthritis with injury from shooting triggering the blow-up I had, thumb-bone is out of place, joint now deformed. No surgery now, steroid injections and splint use - and if no relief in a year then they offer surgery on those affected. And he gave me a cortisone injection into the joint today. That can work like magic. And quick. Doesn't repair damage though.

    Other hand, same joint is bone on bone, no cartilage left.

    No shooting with dominant hand, the real bad one, but I asked him about my left hand and he said "Go for it!" I'll see using low caliber guns. I shot a 9mm with little recoil off-hand, about 20 rounds, and I did have pain after. But the new hand splints I wear on both hands regularly that I was given today look like perfect "gloves" for this condition, thick neoprene-line material and a strap that goes right between the thumb and forefinger where hilt of gun rests. This may help with the left hand shooting low-cal guns.

    The Doctor had a great sense of humor and seems to really know what he's doing. And he has a great reputation in my area.

    Thanks all for all your support about this suddenly appearing condition. When I asked about why I never felt arthritis the reply was some don't but the S&W 45acp I had just shot for the first time "was the trigger that chased the cat out of the bag, and once the cat is out it won't be going back in".

    There is very good post on this thread on Handgun Fit. My suggestion is read it and follow instructions to avoid what I have.

    Thanks all Again - you were all a great help when I went today. My sincere thanks. Only shooters could understand how threatening it feels when use of your hands is suddenly in doubt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rdpG19 View Post
    Good luck with the surgery, I had my left hand done 4 years ago, took the thumb off and removed a piece of bone, then scraped all the arthritis off all around my wrist, was on morphine for a week, very painfull, was in a cast for 6 weeks, its as good as new now. Was suppose to have the right hand done last month but I put it off until after the holidays.
    It's great to know of others who have had this - and a great Heads Up for other shooters - this is common with shooting, be careful, you all.

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    Re: Wish Me Good Luck: I See The Hand Surgeon Tomorrow and WARNING (Again)!

    Detective,

    Glad surgery isn't required at this time... Cortisone can certainly aid healing... If it doesn't, in a couple of tries, maybe surgery is in order...

    For now, shoot as you are able... And heal up.
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    Good to know surgery isn't needed at this point. steroid injections may help. Only time will tell. Here's hoping your hand heals with the aid of the splint and injections.

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    Quote Originally Posted by detective View Post
    That's great to know! Down further is the outcome of my visit to Hand Surgeon. Did he have you also try some other things first before you went the surgery route?
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    No, he said the damage was extensive and any other treatment would only delay the inevitable. I was a mechanic for 30 years and used my hands very hard. I do wear a brace but it is quite ineffective at controling the pain. I take handfuls of aspirin and aleve and they provide a little relief if I don't use the hand, aspercreme seems to help too. I just wish the wait time at the VA wasn't as long, it's been like this almost a year. Best of luck to ya.

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    I remember your post about this, something I will remember when purchasing handguns from now on. Best of luck to ya and a speedy + full recovery.
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    Detective, you've been PMed, and you're gonna' LIKE what you see! Just the right thing at just the right time!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cars View Post
    No, he said the damage was extensive and any other treatment would only delay the inevitable. I was a mechanic for 30 years and used my hands very hard. I do wear a brace but it is quite ineffective at controling the pain. I take handfuls of aspirin and aleve and they provide a little relief if I don't use the hand, aspercreme seems to help too. I just wish the wait time at the VA wasn't as long, it's been like this almost a year. Best of luck to ya.

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    Best of luck to YOU, you have more pain than I have. Very nice of you to share your suffering and I wish the VA was more responsive to you and a lot of veterans. That is one agency that should be doing double-duty to help you; not leave you to wait all that time in such bad pain!

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    I think I too am late to post a 'good luck' pre-op message now. But I can say, Great Recovery!

    To the above ^^^^^ poster.... Yeah, I am actually getting smarter with age....... As my WWII Combat Dad promised I would, as he 'taught me lessons'. God bless him! He was right also.

    Where were all you smart guys when I was young, dumb and Marine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ANGLICO View Post
    I think I too am late to post a 'good luck' pre-op message now. But I can say, Great Recovery!

    To the above ^^^^^ poster.... Yeah, I am actually getting smarter with age....... As my WWII Combat Dad promised I would, as he 'taught me lessons'. God bless him! He was right also.

    Where were all you smart guys when I was young, dumb
    and Marine?

    Semper Fi,
    "kids" who knew-it-all - along with everyone young - that's where we all were...

    A friend of mine, few years older than me, once said: "The older I get the less I know" (meaning egotistically certain of "being right"). Now I understand what he meant.

    PS: For your service for us and for all: sincere thanks! You are to be admired, as are all vets.

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    Good luck in your recovery Sir...A prayer going up for you...
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    Good luck, heal up quick! Good thing we get 2 hands!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigJon10125 View Post
    Good luck, heal up quick! Good thing we get 2 hands!
    Two bad we don't get 2 brains...

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    Quote Originally Posted by First Sgt View Post
    Good luck in your recovery Sir...A prayer going up for you...
    Much thanks - and prayers to all those who suffer far greater from horrible conditions, accidents etc - far worse than hand problems.

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    The VA cancelled my appointment for the 2nd time this month, they said they'll notify me with a new appointment.

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