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Appointment with orthapedic surgeon tomorrow

May 30, 2016 10:26 PM

Tomorrow I find out if surgery will help my ulnar nerve neuropathy and hand and wrist pain or not. I'm nervous (as always). Does anyone have any tips for me?

May 31, 2016 1:21 AM

I find doctors visits quite stressful. Worry that they won't hear me or will minimize the pain. Also, they don't spend enough time and they are not careful. Most of the time, they walk out "to get something" and never comes back. The nurse comes back with the prescription and then all your questions can no longer be answered. So, my advise is to ask your questions early, look terrible at your appointment (that was a great chat we had about that), know that your pain is real, that you are deserving of treatment. Good luck! Treat yourself afterwards!

May 31, 2016 10:53 AM

Ask what benefits or possible bad outcome might be expected. Weight your pros against cons, then make the decision that gives you peace. Hugs & prayers for strength & courage! 🙂💕🙏🌼

Jun 01, 2016 1:18 PM

CDNgirl37, I find doctor visits stressful as well. Write down any questions that come to mind so you don't forget to ask while you're there. Also, try some deep breathing today and relaxation techniques. Keep telling yourself that he's not going to hurt you and that this is not a procedure visit and since there will be no pain involved (other than what you already have) it should help you settle. Ask the doctor what the pros and cons of the surgery are as Flappsy suggested. I'll be sending you gentle {{{Hugs}}}, positive vibes and prayers that God gives you strength and peace of mind.💕🙏🏻🌻😊

Jun 01, 2016 10:14 PM

The orthapedic surgeon I saw was a general orthapedic surgery. She does straight forward nerve releases and what not. She has now referred me to a more specialized orthapedic surgeon. This one specializes in nerves as well as hands and wrists.

Jun 01, 2016 10:24 PM

I would also look into possibly seeing a Neurosurgeon, they are specially trained and have a lot more schooling than orthopedic surgeon. My orthopedic did my tendonitis surgery and he did an excellent job but if they would have had to touch my nerves I would have gone to a Neurosurgeon instead.

Jun 01, 2016 11:59 PM

Definitely recommend being extra careful with surgeons. They offer cortisone injections like candy, and I have had a couple that worsened my pain significantly (1 permanently). Good to get the opinion of course. Good luck!

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