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

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

    I posted that my rt hand suddenly blew up at the joint between the thumb and wrist 2-3 weeks ago; it is arthritis with injury from shooting - especially 2 guns that are a tad long for my trigger reach. This causes the gun to shift slightly as you compensate and recoil goes directly against the base of the thumb bone driving it over and over again into the joint, hence bone fragments etc.

    BE CAREFUL OF YOUR GUNS POSITION, MAKE SURE IT POINTS STRAIGHT FORWARD FROM THE MIDDLE OF THE "V" FORMED WHEN YOU PUT YOUR THUMB AND FOREFINGER STRAIGHT OUT.

    REALLY watch any gun that has a too long trigger reach for you. Start wearing padded shooting gloves with good support around the thumb if you have one too long for your reach, and now.* And don't buy any gun unless you check it's trigger-reach carefully.

    The condition I have is called Basal Joint Arthritis and is common to begin with. Shooters can easily get it, fact I was told about a large article concerning it recently in one of the gun magazines. Dunno which.

    I have the same in my other hand too, but not as bad. Even shooting with that off-hand now causes pain except in .22. I haven't a .380, I may shoot someone's to try that off-hand. My handgun days may be over, which I feel very sad about. There is an operation that is often successful. I doubt they will do this right off the bat however. We shall see tomorrow.

    Be careful, I don't want others to be in my position. (By the way, I am 65, been shooting just 6 years but I really liked it. I don't like it as well, but maybe I will have to move to long guns. I shot 45acp a lot, including a revolver which really was too big for me.)
    * I had no symptoms of arthritis before 2 weeks ago, which often is the case with this condition. Pain is absent for awhile though the damage is happening. So, double careful you all.
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    Good luck!

    I remember your post .

    I have an issue with my dominate hand (L). feels like carpal tunel.
    Pin from where wrist meets hand, then procedes up into hand forming a divisional line between thumb and rest of hand.

    Sucks getting old, and I ain't even there yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oneshot View Post
    Good luck!

    I remember your post .

    I have an issue with my dominate hand (L). feels like carpal tunel.
    Pin from where wrist meets hand, then procedes up into hand forming a divisional line between thumb and rest of hand.

    Sucks getting old, and I ain't even there yet.
    I know, I think they should repeal age.

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    Good luck. My wife is an occupational therapist that specializes in hands. Jut remember - No pain, No gain. Make sure you follow up on the therapy and do what the therapist says.
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    Quote Originally Posted by detective View Post
    I know, I think they should repeal age.
    They did. Mother Nature vetoed it, though. Can't fool the ol' girl.

    Now, where did I put my cane ...
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    Good luck Detective. I'm sorry to hear of your problems.
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    Here's hoping the best results for you detective...and thanks for the shooting tips...
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    Good luck with the Dr. Hope all turns out well for you.
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    Being an orthopedic surgeon, I can tell you that you would have probably had this anyway (as you said it is extremely common as we age) but your shooting certainly could have exacerbated your symptoms. Treatment is activity modification (quit doing what lights it up), anti inflammatories, a steroid shot or a carpometacarpal arthroplasty (surgery where you excise the affected bone and do a reconstruction with a tendon). and yes, getting old does suck

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    Good luck and let us know if it works.

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    Best of luck to you! Your previous post got me thinking about one of the guns I have being a bad fit for my hand. May have to give that one to one of my sons.

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

    Since you ask for good luck wishes, you might not believe in the power of prayer...

    I' ll pray anyway... And still wish you good luck, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by detective View Post
    I posted that my rt hand suddenly blew up at the joint between the thumb and wrist 2-3 weeks ago; it is arthritis with injury from shooting - especially 2 guns that are a tad long for my trigger reach. This causes the gun to shift slightly as you compensate and recoil goes directly against the base of the thumb bone driving it over and over again into the joint, hence bone fragments etc.

    BE CAREFUL OF YOUR GUNS POSITION, MAKE SURE IT POINTS STRAIGHT FORWARD FROM THE MIDDLE OF THE "V" FORMED WHEN YOU PUT YOUR THUMB AND FOREFINGER STRAIGHT OUT.
    That's good advice for anyone, especially for those of us with small hands!

    This article on gun fit illustrates the problem - check out the section called "Too Large" with a photo that shows how this problem causes the thumb to absorb the recoil: Trying On a Handgun | Cornered Cat

    As for getting older - I know what you mean... but it's still better than the alternative!

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

    Fingers crossed for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by detective View Post
    I know, I think they should repeal age.
    Ya got that right! Youth is wasted on the young...
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