Median nerve damage 
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 Median nerve damage

Howdy,

I hope one of you fine people can suggest something to help with this.

Back in December (05) I slipped while working on a computer and
breached the skin on my left wrist with the knife I was using (lesson
learned - when you can't find the right tool, look for it don't just
use a knife). I did some tendon damage but otherwise was fine. Hospital
stitched me up and sent me home. A week later when I got my stitches
out I reported to the nurse that I had lost some feeling in my hand
(nearly complete in my thumb and index finger and between the two) and
also that I was having some snagging when I moved my fingers (skin on
wrist was moving with finger movements at the same rate).

One exploratory surgery later they discovered that the nurse who
originally stitched me up had stitched my median nerve in to the wound
and the loss of feeling was due to the laceration caused. They
attempted repair of the nerve and moved some fat to prevent further
snagging in the scar tissue.

I have recovered about 20% of the feeling in my thumb and index finger
(I can sense things touching them, can sense pain again - managed to
bite a nail off my index finger without feeling it back in January so
this is a good thing - but can't detect things like texture etc) but
have lost 60% of the movement in my left thumb and what's left is
very weak indeed.

I did 2 months of physio on the hand earlier in the year but there was
no improvement in that time so I gave up on it.

I have pretty much adapted to the lack of movement and sense (with the
occasional mistake of picking up a glass with the wrong hand and
promptly dropping it) and am getting along fine with it the way it is.
I have two questions:

1. I occasionally get stabbing pains in my thumb and index finger. They
are very sharp, normally only last 10 seconds or so and happen 2 or 3
times a day and as such I don't medicate for it. My doctor told me
its just the nerve damage repairing itself and eventually the problem
should subside. She didn't have any suggestions for how I can deal
with the problem (she is a GP rather then a specialist) but because the
pain is such that I can concentrate on nothing but it for a short time
it could pose a problem with things like driving. Is there any
medication or exercises anyone can suggest to deal with the problem?

2. The lack of feeling doesn't really interfere with too much to be a
problem but the movement issue in my thumb does virtually render my
left hand unusable for gripping things. My GP has said that the chances
of further surgery correcting the problem is slim to none and as such
my private carrier wont cover the surgery. After the butchering they
gave me in the first place I am not willing to go back to the NHS for
surgery. Is it worth me covering the operation out of my own pocket?
Are there alternatives I should consider?

Thanks in advance,

Liam

PS - I do understand that obviously without assessment even Dr's around
here can't give a real prognosis, just trying to get a feel for
opinions and the options I have.



Sun, 07 Dec 2008 06:26:13 GMT
 Median nerve damage

Quote:
>My GP has said that the chances
>of further surgery correcting the problem is slim to none and as such
>my private carrier wont cover the surgery. After the butchering they
>gave me in the first place I am not willing to go back to the NHS for
>surgery. Is it worth me covering the operation out of my own pocket?
>Are there alternatives I should consider?

  Get a consultation with a neurosurgeon or an orthopedic surgeon who
does hand and peripheral nerve surgery.  It is possible that something
can be done to improve the situation.

Best,

Bob

Robert A. Fink, M. D., FACS, PC
Neurological Surgery
2500 Milvia Street  Suite 222
Berkeley, California  94704-2636
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Mon, 08 Dec 2008 05:45:28 GMT
 
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