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Thumb surgery

Posted by @anniebrook, Thu, Oct 25 2:23pm

I had left thumb surgery for osteoarthritis 7 yrs ago which went well,don't get full strength back but no pain so that's OK.had right thumb done 2 yrs later which was OK for a while although took longer to recover.Now I have so much pain in what I think is the scaphoid area into my wrist.The surgeon had me get a shot around the scar area which is not where the pain is and about a yr later it's still as bad if not worse.I am right handed which doesn't help.I have been wearing a wrist/thumb brace and now I have a bruise or broken blood vessel where the shot went in that won't go away. It was a plastic surgeon that operates on hands here in BC,Canada .My question is should I seek a 2nd opinion form an Ortho ? I can't hold a glass,can't even pat my pillow as it's so painful.

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Hi @anniebrook. Welcome to the Connect community! I have arthritis in my thumbs too and I can really relate to the discomfort of the thumb/wrist brace. It sounds as if your pain has reached the point of being excruciating. I am so sorry. About a month ago there was a discussion here where @JustinMcClanahan asked @stoney, @maplegrove and @var122 to share their experiences with being bone on bone in the thumb. I hope that maybe one of them will be able to share some insight here too. Also, there is a video on YouTube from last year where a Mayo orthopedic surgeon offers some advice. You can find it here:

I have no medical background but if I were experiencing pain that interfered with daily activities – like lifting a glass – I would definitely seek a second opinion. Is the pain constant or sporadic? I'm anxious to hear how things go. Wishing you some relief…

So I watched this,loved the graphics but I have already had the Trapezium removed in both thumbs.Left one went well right one is getting worse with every yr that passes. I am 7yrs post op.It feels like the tendon is just going to rip apart. The pain feels like the Scaphiod is compromised. What should I ask my GP ? to go back for a 4th visit to the plastic surgeon that did it or ask for a Ortho opinion ?

@anniebrook

So I watched this,loved the graphics but I have already had the Trapezium removed in both thumbs.Left one went well right one is getting worse with every yr that passes. I am 7yrs post op.It feels like the tendon is just going to rip apart. The pain feels like the Scaphiod is compromised. What should I ask my GP ? to go back for a 4th visit to the plastic surgeon that did it or ask for a Ortho opinion ?

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Hi @anniebrook Ouch! Just describing your pain makes me have sympathy pains. I can't offer advice – but I can help you brainstorm. What would be the downside in asking for an orthopedic consult? I don't think it that would preclude going back to the plastic surgeon later if needed. What would be lost by getting another opinion from a different medical specialist – especially since you've seen the plastic surgeon 3 times already? Maybe you could explore those questions with your GP?

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Hi @anniebrook Ouch! Just describing your pain makes me have sympathy pains. I can't offer advice – but I can help you brainstorm. What would be the downside in asking for an orthopedic consult? I don't think it that would preclude going back to the plastic surgeon later if needed. What would be lost by getting another opinion from a different medical specialist – especially since you've seen the plastic surgeon 3 times already? Maybe you could explore those questions with your GP?

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Thank you Debbie I will do that . I think because I have had to visit the Dr's so many times with pain issues I'm always worried he is going think "O'h no not you again" LOL .Thanks again

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Thank you Debbie I will do that . I think because I have had to visit the Dr's so many times with pain issues I'm always worried he is going think "O'h no not you again" LOL .Thanks again

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@anniebrook – I understand what you are saying, but you are doing the right thing to go back, describe your pain, and be an advocate for yourself. Sometimes that takes courage. Please keep me posted on how things go. I'm wishing you well and hoping you get some relief.

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