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Hi Iam New . I have Radial aplasia and suffering with Carpal Tunnel symptoms. Can any

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  • Posted By: lisa19576
  • August 21, 2007
  • 00:05 AM

Hello ,
My name is Lisa Andrews and Iam 31 Years old. When I was born my hands had a defect and my thumbs didnt develop properly, so when I was 3 years old (aprox) I had a Pollicization opperation on my left hand, at Sheffield Childrens. My right hand was left alone but my thumb hasnt really grown, and is really small. Im unsure what my condition is called as my mum was only give very basic information when I was born. This has never bothered me (apart from the small odd bits of childish name calling) It has never stopped me from doing anything, Iam Right handed, and work as a succesful Hairdresser with my own salon, so without a usable thumb I use my hands alot differently then other people.
A few months ago my middle finger started getting pins and needles, then it went completly numb and has stayed like that. My ring finger has now occasionally started with pins and needles. I have been to my GP who thinks it may be Carpol Tunnel , and has rerferd me to the Northern General Hospital to see a hand surgen.
I know its a long shot but I wondered if you knew of anyone who has the same difference as me, and if you knew of any complications that my hand defect can cause in later life or is Carpol Tunnel one of the things that i can expect to get.
Iam really worried as I dont want this to get any worse as I have my business and very much enjoy my work .I have always been a very strong willed person that is determined to prove that just because I dont have a thumb I can do anything I want, and would be devestated if I had to stop for reasons that I cant control. I would very much appreceaite it if you could pass any information on to me.
Thank You so much for your time,
Lisa Andrews.

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  • A few observations: Do not assume it is all CTS. As a hairdresser, you stand with your arms up, which can stress the nerve in other places such as:1. Nerves where they come out of the neck2. Nerves " " " through the scalene muscles in the neck3. Where the nerves pass under the collarbone4. " " " " " " pectoralis minor muscle on the chest5. Along the forearm where the nerves may not move freely6. Finally, the carpal tunnel in the wrist OR...any combination of the above Find a great massage therapist to check those out first.Try perhaps four to six treatments at about 2 to 3 per week to see if those areas may be involved. Also - due to recent experience I would also recommend finding out if your nerves (and much more) are being aggravated by the constant exposure to the nasty chemicals in your business. I work with a lady who did hair and nails for years and these chems really trashed her body. We are using, with very good results, a far infrared sauna to help with that. IME a hand surgeon is trained to do surgery on your hand, so that may be the first recommendation. I was in practice as a chiropractor and massage therapist for four years before I actually saw a patient that actually had a successful carpal tunnel surgery. Saw many who had poor to non existent results and that really annoyed them and me. Good luck.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 21, 2007
    • 00:50 AM
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  • Thanks for your advice. I think my doctor has referred me to the HS so not to delay the diagnosis. I will most likely need detailed scans to see how the bones are developed in my wrist and he wants to do nerve testing also. I would like to avoid surgery altogehter if possible. :)
    lisa19576 4 Replies
    • August 21, 2007
    • 00:57 AM
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  • Oh well. Doesn't really matter how your bones are formed, what matters is how they work. I have seen many X-rays that showed malformed bones that worked just fine. It is great how so many get on here, ask for advice and then ignore it, even if the advice is from a natural health pro with over 22 years experience. As I said, oh well, I feel I should just not post here as it is turning out to be a good waste of time. Let only other patients that cannot get correct diagnosis (oh, MAYBE good treatment is not as important as the correct diagnosis) advise others. Bye.............
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 21, 2007
    • 04:24 AM
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  • Im sorry Ralph I didnt mean to offend you. I will take note of your advice and appreciate you taking the time to post a response, Thank You Lisa x
    lisa19576 4 Replies
    • August 21, 2007
    • 04:53 AM
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  • Lisa, I had a Carpal Tunnel Release done on my left hand in 1989... at that time they simply cut a ligament across the base of my palm to 'release' the pressure on the nerve... as a result I no longer have that ligament there to protect the nerve, either! As a result I have a very unsatisfactory result. (My CTS was a result of a broken bone in my hand from a car accident) The surgical proceedure has changed alot over the years since then, but I would still reccomend checking on any available avenue proir to surgery... physical therapy, massage...etc. Once a surgery has been done it cannot be un-done, and a surgeon once said to me "It takes an injury to hurt you... it takes a surgeon to really screw you up". I hope that you find the relief that you need... and if you do have to go the surgery route, see if you can get referrals for the surgeon from peers... you might be able to check out his 'Medical Report Card' online or find some other way to discover the satisfaction rating his other patients have given him. Best of luck! ;)
    penybobeny 17 Replies
    • August 21, 2007
    • 06:10 AM
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  • Thanks so much for your advice. I will deffinatly explore all other treatments and help first before I'll even consider surgery, I want to avoid that at all costs if possible. Thanks again, Lisax
    lisa19576 4 Replies
    • August 21, 2007
    • 08:19 AM
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