Hi I had the Arthroplasty surgery May 16th,2014 on my right thumb and also have to get my right thumb done...Was scared of going thru it....I finially gave in because i was tierd of hurting..So the big day came....went thru all the steps to prepare for it.....My first week after surgery my entex finger and thumb were numb...but i was told that was normal and yes it goes away....next there was no pain for about 3 to four days because of the medicine i took and then the following week i did experience pain ...like a dull deep sometimes sharp pain...I was taken Hydrocodein.....but i switch to Naprozen and Tylenol...lol the Hydrocodein constipated me....Anyways here I am on the 27 th of May getting the first bandaide wrap i had on my arm ,thumb combo wrapped up splint contraption.....And then i was put into a full cast...well if anyone out there has never had a cast and this was my first at 54 years old.....I have to tell yaaa i didnt like it as i am closterphobic...Excuse my spelling on some of my words.....Anyways i mentally could not sleep with this on me...I wanted it off...yes i was breaking all regulations of what was right...but after many cals to the nurse on call ....I am not the only one who cant tolerate a cast.So I went in to the office next morning and they cut the cast down the middle to give me a more open feeling of not being confined in the cast.....Come that night i again experienced the mental feeling of get this damn thing ff me....sorry but there are people out there that are closterphobic.Anyways again ...I had my husband cut half of the cast off with some wire cutters and then i wrapped the rest of what was left of my cast with a brown ace bandaid.You all are probably laughing at me.,But i was freaking out with something that i could not control...and that was having that cast on....okay so i went back to the orthopedic office and they sent me to physicial therapy and they made me a brace that velcrode around my arm and fit my thumb like splint.....I was so much more relieved....Here it is June 15th....Im not having as much pain...I do feel everyday it is healing ...and I go back to see my Dr. on June 17th.....I sure he will be loking at me like what did you do...couldnt wear a cast....the day I did go in for the splint in physicial therapy the nurse has to docoment that i did have the cast taken off and was being put in a different splint....Im feeling better but once in awhile i do get a pain at the incision by the thumb.I had the worst hand done first and im ready and wanting to get the right one done soon.I know there is a few months of healing and therapy....As for me i also had a left frozen shoulder then a right frozen shoulder now its the bone on bone basal arthrithis....it sucks getting old.....i guess its from repetitive work over and over again....Well god luck anyone else out there getting this done....Just go forward and get it done and be strong...I did it....and would do it again....because i was tierd of hurting....thanks for listen.....CarolView Thread
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