Friday, August 21, 2015

What I am currently left with

no pun intended. Returned to my orthopdic surgeon today, reviewed results of recent test, and as he put it, "This is not good." For reasons unknown for now, my ulnar nerve (the one that controls the 4th & 5th fingers and hand fine motor skills) isn't working correctly. I am left with 3 useless fingers and 2 that are very weak. My left hand is decorative at this juncture.

 Plan A: give it a month, hope that it resolves itself, ditching my brace as my thumb is officially fused, per exam and Xrays. I can return to work Mon but with specific restrictions which translate to not using my left arm or hand. I return to him in a month. That will be interesting.

Plan B: if worse, or no improvement, I will get a repeat of the painful EMG as the first one makes no sense to him. Results show nerve entrapment at the elbow, which can't be explained. If it was the wrist, he'd understand. Next step: nerve surgery. Sigh. If the muscles continue to attrophy and deteriorate, there is no other option.

Taking things one step at a time.

Meanwhile, my rhumatologist had me increase a Rx, but I went down again due to side effects. This was anticipated. Next step: I will go to the outpatient infusion center of the local hospital for a RX that helps bones to stay strong. Due to GERD, this is a viable alternative for me. Recent endoscopy shos that my Barrett's esophogus has healed, so  I don't want to reverse that, even though I remain on RX for that for life now. Waiting for the Md's office to get orders cleared through my insurance, then they will set this up for me.

2015: the year of the doctor it seems. I remain positive and continue being proactive in health matters.

5 comments:

Ms. Sandie said...

I am so sorry you are going through all these medical hardships. Frustrating to not have use of your hand. Your attitude is wonderful.

TrayceeBee said...

Carol, I am so very sorry that these medical issues have plagued you! I second what Sandie said and love your positive attitude! Sending prayers your way for the best outcome!

mikemax said...

If the ulner nerve surgery you may need is a "release," similar to what is done for carpal tunnel, I have had it and the recovery isn't bad. I had the problem for about 30 years as the result of breaking my elbow. I had the ulner nerve surgery done at the same time as carpal tunnel on the same side, and both were successful. What I have discovered is that I no longer have much strength in that hand, but it beats the constant tingle, "dead" feeling, etc. Sorry you are having to deal with this. Your hand doesn't look too good. :(

Kathy said...

I am so sorry. Do hope that your hand improves this month. That is awful having to go through all of that, and still having trouble. Would a second opinion be worth trying?

CTMOM said...

Thanks for the positive vibes, love my doc, he's a Top Doc,hand specialist. I tend to get weird stuff. Time will tell, we have a plan