Stressed out Wednesday

Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003
Stressed out Wednesday
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Wed, 12-19-2012 - 8:33am

"So much to do, so little time." Boomer like, "there is only so much you can to, so let go of what yu can't", or simpstate dated, "PRIORITIZE."

work today, probably spin tonight.  I need some cardio outlet.  Tomorrow, I have work, followed by work holiday party where we are all staying over at a hotel, followed by a Friday morning work meeting.  :). Friday afternoon, I pick up dd, and then, lots of prep for the family holiday festivities which start on Sunday.  I may make time for a two hour yoga event on Saturday since I know that I will need the mental (and physical) relaxation!!!

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Community Leader
Registered: 04-07-2008
Wed, 12-19-2012 - 6:46pm

Hi Girls. I am so happy to see friendly faces today. I got the worst news on my hand/elbow situation. I saw two doctors at the hand center who did some tests and recommend surgery. They say my problem is a disclocation at the elbow causing an impingement of the ulnar nerve. They want to reroute my nerve and tell me that it even with surgery it could be a year or more before symptoms improve. I am finding that completely unbelievable. I have an emergency appointment tomorrow morning with a different doctor and I am going to ask if chiropractic care may help. I have been reading up and it seems like surgery should be the very last option. They didn't offer me any other options. Right now from all the poking and bending it feels like someone took a hammer to my elbow. I am so bothered about this right now. Ugg. 

Karla
Community Leader
WALKING
EXERCISE and HEALTHY LIVING

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-15-2004
Thu, 12-20-2012 - 7:55am

Oh Karla, I'm so sorry.  I can totally relate to this when I injured my shoulder and they told me I needed surgery. I asked them how long it would take before I was 100% and they said a year also.  I was a mess...  

You are getting a second opinion - that's a good idea.  Make sure you take any xrays, MRI's etc. with you to see a new doc.  

The other thing to keep in mind is that I strongly believe they "pad" these estimates.  I was nearly 100% well before a year post-op.  Healthier people recover more quickly and we're more likely to follow orders (go to PT, do "homework", etc).  It's one of those things where they'd rather set the bar low so you can be happy rather than being disappointed.  Let us know how your next appointment goes.  *hugs* 

Community Leader
Registered: 04-07-2008
Thu, 12-20-2012 - 8:47am

Gym,

They totally freaked me out with the "year+" recovery. My whole life would be changed and not in a good way if I can't use my arm like I can now for that long. 

I'm not an expert but it would seem to me that if a dislocation is causing the problem, can't they fix that without this kind of surgery? And how does someone's elbow just become dislocated?? I've had the problem with my hand for over a decade now so I'm just finding this all hard to believe. They say that the pull-ups had nothing to do with this but I really don't believe it. What else could have caused something like this? I've not been in any accidents. Maybe I am just being a hard head. I have a list of questions to ask the second opinion because I honestly feel like I'm being herded into an operating room. 

Karla
Community Leader
WALKING
EXERCISE and HEALTHY LIVING

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-15-2004
Thu, 12-20-2012 - 11:22am

There's a piece of cartilage that keeps the elbow in place.  If that is torn (which was the issue with my shoulder), it cannot be fixed without surgery.  Torn cartilage is generally why dislocations continue to happen.  

A good doctor should lay out your options for you and even if surgery is the best option, you should not feel as if you're being herded into the operating room.  

Community Leader
Registered: 04-07-2008
Thu, 12-20-2012 - 12:59pm

Okay, my second opinion went much better. At least I feel more confident! He says he agrees that I have an elbow issue and a nerve impingement but is not convinced surgery is the only option. He first wants me to get a nerve conduction test to find out exactly what part of the nerve  is involved and where the impingement orginates. I'm scheduled to get my elbow and neck loooked at by a chiropractor in the morning. He gave me a list of things I can and can't do at the gym for now and offered advice for dealing with the pain. I feel as though I actually talked to an expert today instead of just a surgeon trying to get me crossed off the list of patients. 

Karla
Community Leader
WALKING
EXERCISE and HEALTHY LIVING

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-15-2004
Thu, 12-20-2012 - 3:03pm
Good! I'm glad you got a second opinion.
iVillage Member
Registered: 05-08-2006
Thu, 12-20-2012 - 4:09pm
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iVillage Member
Registered: 05-08-2006
Thu, 12-20-2012 - 4:35pm
Ok, hoping this will work twice in a row...Karla, if surgery doesn't feel right to you, then try chiropractor or acupuncture or whatever feels right. You can always go to the last resort option...and I agree with Gymrat on the full recovery thing. Both bones in my left arm were broken about 25 years ago..I have steel plates and pins...and I went to physical therapy for months afterwards. It is still not as strong as my right arm, I notice a difference when I left heavy weights for things like bicep curl, so technically, it's not 100%..but it doesn't affect my life. I have full range of motion, and when I finished the PT the doctor told me that they never expected me to get that back as the break was so severe...no one told me that and I did exercises three hours a day to get there...so it may mean a few months of aggravation, but if you have to o that route, you will manage...but follow what feels right to you.
Community Leader
Registered: 04-07-2008
Thu, 12-20-2012 - 9:26pm

Yikes SJ, how did that happen?

Karla
Community Leader
WALKING
EXERCISE and HEALTHY LIVING

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-08-2006
Fri, 12-21-2012 - 4:33pm
I was mugged...it was early in the morning and on my street. He wasn't trying to hurt me, I just didn't realize what was happening fast enough and he pushed me and I broke my fall with my arm, which broke. it sounds like a horrible experience, but people were so wonderful to me...from people in the neighborhood who heard me screaming and came out to help, to the doctor in the emergency room who held me and tod me I was safe..to the people I worked with and my family...there were so many people in the emergency room, they made me Make some of them leave...I got so many flowers my family had to keep taking thm home I had an awesome doctor...this was in the days when you actually were cared for when you got medical care, and I was in the hospital for a week...after my arm was set, the doctor told me she could fix my arm but not my head...and I was given counseling before I left the hospital and then followup care. I came away from the experience with a strong sense that I was loved...I have a huge scar on my arm, but I refused to be afraid...I am probably more careful, but I wasn't doing anything foolish so there is no 'guilt' associated for me, which I think sometimes happens if you are doing something even a little foolish. I also learned how determined I could be...so it is just something that happened to me...

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