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For several months now, I've had some difficulty moving my right thumb. (Yes, I'm right-handed.) In the last two weeks, it's gotten much, much worse. My family doctor's January diagnosis of synovitis was, at best, incomplete, and according to the hand specialist I saw last week, I have a pinched nerve in the carpal tunnel, which has resulted in significant atrophy of one of the major muscles in my thumb. [OBWW: it so far hasn't impeded me much in the shop, except that I have a hard time picking up small objects, and it's nearly impossible to use a screwdriver or any type of thumbwheel adjuster. But day-to-day life is another story: I can't open my hand wide enough to pick up a glass of water, and it's very difficult to write, among other things.]
I'm having surgery Monday morning to correct the condition which is pinching the nerve.
Please join me in praying for a successful surgery, and the speedy recovery of the full use of my hand.
Thank you, and God bless you all.
-- Regards, Doug Miller (alphageek-at-milmac-dot-com)
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Good luck to you and your doctors.Tom Someday, it'll all be over....
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You've got it, Doug. Good luck and hopefully you will regain the use of your hand that you have lost.
Frank
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Best wishes, thoughts and prayers with you, Doug. May your recovery be complete and speedy.
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Doug:
Former significant other had this done on both hands - sequentially. She had a bad experience with the anesthesia in the second procedure but the surgery went well and her recovery was quite good. The surgery gave her back most of the use of her hands and reduced to a minimum the "discomfort" (doctors and dentists refuse to use the P-word - PAIN!) she'd been having.
Will try and work with my fingers crossed for you. May you heal quickly and catch up on all your reading in during your recovery.
BTW - constant use of the TV remote is not advised :)
Best wishes
charlie b
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the first doctor i went to wanted to use a general. I changed doctors (the first guy turned out to be a prima donna according to those in the profession) and had my surgery done with a local. that's much better for the patient, when at all possible. NEVER choose a general unless it's a major operation that demands a general. I've had 3 majors and after one of them I got sick due to the anesthesia.
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BAD,
I had a joint replaced in the 80's by Dr. Jack Tupper out of Oakland. He was considered the premier hand surgeon in Northern California at the time -- he was even on "That's Incredible" for having reattached four fingers on a woman who had gotten caught in a paper shredder.
He ran me with a general, but a replacement is a bit complicated -- and as they used to say "That was then, this is now."
I doubt that he is still practicing medicine, but I'm currious about your Bay Area Doctor's names and their locations.

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You got it! Good luck to you ... it's hell getting old. DAMHIK
I am afraid I am looking at the same thing in the not too distant future on my right hand.
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Swingman responds:

I didn't get the opener on this one, but I hope and pray Doug is fine, quickly.
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Don't despair. My father-in-law (age 73) had that surgery on both hands recently and he's a new man. Only regrets not getting it done sooner. Good luck to you.

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Best wishes and good luck, Doug. Get well soon. Joe kb8qlr
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Best to you Doug and our prayers are with you for a speedy recovery. I promise I won't pick on ya until you're fully recovered and can chuck a keyboard like a lance (as you usually do....;-)
Take care,
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good luck Doug; I'm hoping your surgery is as successful as my hand surgery a year and a half ago. I had a trigger finger which hurt like hell. keep us posted.
dave
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You have my support; good luck to you and the surgon.
On Thu, 29 Apr 2004 18:25:17 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@milmac.com (Doug Miller) wrote:

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Best of luck to you. Here's hoping you are making sawdust soon.
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Good luck Doug and it is best you get this done ASAP. A friend of mine ignored his symptoms as long as he could. Then one day he slammed his fingers in a car door and noticed that it did not hurt. Fortunately no broken bones but the doctors insisted on performing the procedure the next day.
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snipped-for-privacy@milmac.com says...

I'm not much on praying Doug, but I do wish you a speedy and full recovery. FWIW, several of my neighbors have had similar surgery in the last year or so, and every one of the surgeries was a success. So I think your odds are pretty good.
Good luck!
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Doug Miller wrote:

Will do. Good luck and a speedy recovery!
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On Thu, 29 Apr 2004 18:25:17 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@milmac.com (Doug Miller) wrote:

Good luck!
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Doug Miller wrote:

You've got mine Doug. I hope it works out for you and you're up to snuff soon.
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