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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
  • 00:22 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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  • I have carpal tunnel syndrome. My hands would get the pins & needles feeling and also would feel very tired, like the muscles just couldn't keep going. I also had numbness. On the very worst night before I started getting better, the pain was unbearable.I had to quit my job that was causing it because none of the treatments helped. Nowadays, I do pretty well day to day, but once in a while I have to stop working on a project and let my hands & arms rest for a few days before continuing. I'll probably have problems with this until I die.Surgery is one option but is not guaranteed to fix the problem. In some cases, it gets worse. I sympathize with you and hope you get better very soon and can keep your salon job.
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  • 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. Carpal tunnel is caused by a compression of a nerve. Sometimes wearing a splint can help. Changing the way you do certain repetitive activities can help as well. for example:If you raise/lower the customers chair to a height so that your wrist will be in a neutral(straight) position it may help relieve some of the symptoms, since the nerve will be less compressed. If you cant lower the customers chair enough, standing on a safe secure object may help.Your doctor should be able to give you more information about the splint/brace.
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