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 Post subject: Looks like trigger finger surgery is in my future - done
PostPosted: Oct Sat 14, 2017 1:32 pm 
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Lucky me, the combo steroid shot helped but now it's going back to locking up and being all around painful and annoying. At least it'll be the off season while I'm recovering. Anyone on here been successfully treated with just the shots? Meaning, did it go away and not come back?

https://www.webmd.com/rheumatoid-arthritis/guide/trigger-finger

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 Post subject: Re: Looks like trigger finger surgery is in my future
PostPosted: Oct Sat 14, 2017 1:40 pm 
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Hi rocketeer;

I had a total of 3shots over a 2 year period. The doctor said this is the maximum number I should have. Each time the trigger finger came back, but it did go away completely after the 3rd shot. This was 4 years ago. Best to go this route before going through sugary IMHO.

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 Post subject: Re: Looks like trigger finger surgery is in my future
PostPosted: Oct Sat 14, 2017 4:25 pm 
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I had surgery for Trigger Thumb a couple years ago. Check your surgeon out carefully. It seemed okay for about a year, then I had some strength loss and then I began experiencing some new pain at the joint with some locking of the thumb returning. Strength has diminished more, my thumb is becoming untrustworthy and holding a solder gun sometimes causes pain at the joint. Fortunately (I guess), I am right handed and the surgery was to my left hand so I am able to continue pretty much normally. The doctor closed practice less than a year after my surgery and lost local hospital privileges. I will not allow any more surgeries on my hands.

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 Post subject: Re: Looks like trigger finger surgery is in my future
PostPosted: Oct Sat 14, 2017 8:22 pm 
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Well this subject stoked my memory. I had it quite some time back, the family doctor gave me a shot for it, and it's never re-occurred.

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 Post subject: Re: Looks like trigger finger surgery is in my future
PostPosted: Oct Sun 15, 2017 10:26 am 
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The most important thing is to be sure one has been properly diagnosed. For example, Dupuytrens, which I have, is one of the most misdiagnosed illnesses. Dupuytrens symptoms are similar to trigger finger and other hand diseases. Treating for the wrong thing, obviously, makes matters worse.

I just had a procedure done, the second in 10 years. This happens to be the little finger bent 90 degrees before and maybe 15 degrees after. Pictures follow. Not pretty, but it is what it is.

Ed

This was done two weeks ago. After picture is first.

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 Post subject: Re: Looks like trigger finger surgery is in my future
PostPosted: Jan Sat 27, 2018 4:52 am 
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Well, after multiple steriod shots over the past few months with no permanent improvement the surgery has been scheduled for February 19th. Oh joy.

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 Post subject: Re: Looks like trigger finger surgery is in my future
PostPosted: Jan Sat 27, 2018 8:43 pm 
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Your best bet. Three shots over that short of a time span seems much. As stated above, confirm the diagnosis. I’ve had three fingers on both hands released over the past 25 years; now my right thumb is ready. Had a shot late summer and it just started locking slightly last night. The guy I use is a hand specialist/microsurgeon. His position is, based on my history if one shot doesn’t give permanent cure just have it released. Good luck. Recovery ain’t too bad. Which digit is it?


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 Post subject: Re: Looks like trigger finger surgery is in my future
PostPosted: Jan Sat 27, 2018 9:11 pm 
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Left hand long finger. It was two shots over that period of time.

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 Post subject: Re: Looks like trigger finger surgery is in my future
PostPosted: Feb Mon 19, 2018 11:00 pm 
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D-day. Because of the situation in this specific finger the surgeon removed one tendon all together. 7 hrs later and the shots are wearing off. Ouch. I've had better days.

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 Post subject: Re: Looks like trigger finger surgery is in my future - done
PostPosted: Feb Tue 20, 2018 12:03 am 
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I hadn't remembered "trigger finger" ... and I see how that can really screw you up for full hand function.

The Dupuytrens syndrome is similarly terrible.

I fully understand because I too have extremely limited hand function ..... but for different reasons.
(burn injuries)

I only have one hand with 5 fingers left but of those 5 fingers some had the tendon-sheath burned so the tendon cannot go over the top of the knuckle anymore so it permanently pulls the finger into a retracted position like "trigger finger" ... but it's called boutonniere deformity
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boutonniere_deformity

My middle finger is stuck exactly that way and cannot move at all.

My index finger was also that way ...but I had it pinned and fused so as to be permanently straight now but also cannot bend the knuckle at all anymore.
So the only two fingers that work normally are my left thumb and pinky.

But only the reason I mention all this is because I have been like this now for 38 years and have gotten used to it.
So all the things I do are pretty much normal.
I just have to do many things differently.
I cannot hold a hammer and nail at the same time... lol

When working on circuits, I hold my pliers in my left hand and then to solder ...I use my right hand, but I can only "sort-of" hold my pencil solder iron precariously .. dangling, up by the end of the handle where the cord comes out. I can hold it in the stump of my right thumb and palm by a slight pinching action... but it's tough.

And my left hand is so screwed up... I can't pick up small parts cause the index finger doesn't bend.
But... not to worry. Because most of you who have seen my radio restoration work know how beautiful it is.

So ... where there's a will there's a way.

So even if you cannot get full function back after trigger finger surgery.. you'll still be able to figure out other ways to get stuff done.

Here's what my hands look like:
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 Post subject: Re: Looks like trigger finger surgery is in my future - done
PostPosted: Feb Tue 20, 2018 12:30 am 
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Thanks for the words of encouragement. I was toughening it out until I accidentally leaned on the bed and it bent over center and locked. I managed, after some creative language, to force it back but that sealed the deal, I called the surgeon the next day. Man that was painful.

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 Post subject: Re: Looks like trigger finger surgery is in my future - done
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Hang in there. Although its painful right now, the pain gets better surprisingly soon. The worst part for me is not being able to get it wet for so long as I usually swim every day. Getting my left thumb released on the 2nd. This will be my 7th finger release. Is full function expected to be restored?


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 Post subject: Re: Looks like trigger finger surgery is in my future - done
PostPosted: Feb Tue 20, 2018 10:36 pm 
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Surprisngly the only pain today is the injection site where they numbed it is a bit sore. Yeah, having to bag the hand while showering is a PITA. The doc says full recovery so we'll see.

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 Post subject: Re: Looks like trigger finger surgery is in my future - done
PostPosted: Feb Tue 20, 2018 11:16 pm 
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Larry, those plastic bags that newspaper delivery people use to put newspapers in are perfect. You can fit your arm from the elbow down inside one. Just hold your arm upright in the shower, and you'll be all set.

Good luck on your recovery!


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 Post subject: Re: Looks like trigger finger surgery is in my future - done
PostPosted: Feb Wed 21, 2018 12:21 am 
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Thanks Joe.

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 Post subject: Re: Looks like trigger finger surgery is in my future - done
PostPosted: Feb Fri 23, 2018 2:54 pm 
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I hope you don't mind me jumping in on the original posting but I'd like to tell about my ongoing story with steroid shots to my back problem. After going to chiropractors, acupuncture, taking multiple pain pills, for the last 3 years, I finally got to see a pain clinic at a local hospital. I had an MRI and found multiple problems with my back. To aliveiate the pain first I had steroid injections to the facet joints on the spine but these injections did not work all and the back pains were still excrutiating. Two months later I received an epidural injection to my spine. I've been feeling really great these last 3 weeks and thinking that these shots had solved all my back problems. Two days ago the pain started all over again!!!! DRATS. Before I had these last shots I asked the Doctors what they could do if the epidural shots did not work and they think that burning the nerves that cross over on the facet joints might be the final solution. I have to wait till June to get that procedure done. Now if that doesn't work I will have to switch back to heavier doses of pain pills. I hate taking pain pills because they all have side effects and some of these side effects are terrible. I really think I' m going to have to suffer back pain the rest of my life.

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 Post subject: Re: Looks like trigger finger surgery is in my future - done
PostPosted: Feb Fri 23, 2018 9:49 pm 
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My late wife went through the same thing. Multiple rear end car accidents had left her with severe back pain, and Epidural's, Spinal Taps, + two back surgeries never completely alleviated the pain. Percocet and Morphine pills were the only relief.

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 Post subject: Re: Looks like trigger finger surgery is in my future - done
PostPosted: Feb Sun 25, 2018 2:19 pm 
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I suffered with trigger finger in 1993-1994. Boy that could be painful! It was much worse in cold weather for some reason.I also had the three shots but after that I did not have any more problems.The hand surgeon said that all he would do if surgery was required would be to just make a small cut in the end of the sheath so the tendon would be able to move thru .At least that is how I remember .
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 Post subject: Re: Looks like trigger finger surgery is in my future - done
PostPosted: Feb Sun 25, 2018 2:36 pm 
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I was in for rehab on Friday and they explained what all they did. Seems the two tendons had fused so he seperated them, removed one altogether and also removed the fulcrum the removed tendon was supposed to ride on. That required two incisions, one in the palm at the base of the long finger and one at the first knuckle. After just a couple of days of doing the recommended excercises I can already notice a difference. The hand is nearly back to normal. I can attain and hold all the positions except for the tight fist. Can't quite bend that finger all the way to the palm yet but it's getting close. Stitches come out Tuesday so we'll see if that helps. They recommend not lifting anything with it or pulling with it for six weeks and then it should be good to go, just in time for flea market season. :wink:

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