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numb finger after fasciectomy
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03/13/2014 20:33
AnneO

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03/13/2014 20:33
AnneO

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numb finger after fasciectomy

In June I had a fasciectomy on my left hand for the middle finger. I'd already tried xiaflex, and the only result was swelling that lasted a couple of years.

The new surgeon said that because of the amount of tissue in my finger between my palm and first joint, at that point surgery was the only option. I did it even though she warned me that there is a one in ten chance it would recur in the same finger each year and that because I was so young (52) it's almost inevitable that I'll have to do it again sometime. (Then of course there's the other nine fingers just waiting to curl up.)

Afterwards, she warned me that I could have some nerve issues for awhile because the nerve had stretched so much to accommodate that tissue. And I did and it faded. I can open my hand again enough to place it on the floor and do a push-up. I used to be a professional classical musician - how my goals have changed....

Then, about six months after the surgery that finger started to "fall asleep" once in a while. When I checked back with them, they said the surgery was so far out that whatever was happening was unrelated to what they did.

It's getting more frequent. Has anyone had anything like this? I really don't want to start chasing around at different doctors and becoming one of those people who say to old friends that I haven't seen in a while "Did I tell you about my last surgery...."

Thanks,

Anne

03/13/2014 23:07
callie 
03/13/2014 23:07
callie 
Re: numb finger after fasciectomy

Besides the " "fall asleep" once in a while" how were the rest of the surgery results? If that is your primary problem, I would suggest to learn to deal with it.

03/14/2014 00:25
AnneO

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03/14/2014 00:25
AnneO

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Re: numb finger after fasciectomy

Thank you for support and understanding. I thought this was a place to gain knowledge and learn through the experience of others. I suggest you deal with it. And, thank you very much, my first post and you've warned me away from the group.

03/14/2014 00:44
moondanc 
03/14/2014 00:44
moondanc 
Re: numb finger after fasciectomy

AnneO:
In June I had a fasciectomy on my left hand for the middle finger. I'd already tried xiaflex, and

Then, about six months after the surgery that finger started to "fall asleep" once in a while. When I checked back with them, they said the surgery was so far out that whatever was happening was unrelated to what they did.

Thanks,

Anne

I also have that problem but because I have cervical spine issues that also cause numbness in my fingers it's hard to tell what is causing it. My last NA procedures--both hands two fingters each-- (this was my fourth round) I had one finger in each hand that was numb for 5-8 weeks after the procedure. It's only been six months since my procedures and despite wearing splints on both hands--I alternate nights-- my fingers are almost back to the way they were prior to the NA.

I am still doing OT hand therapy and that seems to help. Do you have any neck or spine issues? Can you identify any particular types of finger movements that cause the numbness?

Welcome to the group, we are a friendly place. Folks with this disease--and others--have bad days. Don't let it put you off.

Diane

03/14/2014 07:39
spanishbuddha 

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03/14/2014 07:39
spanishbuddha 

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Re: numb finger after fasciectomy

Welcome AnneO

IANAD but perhaps it is a new problem, such as a new nodule or hard scar tissue pressing on the nerve. I would see the hand specialist and don't let them fob you off but get an investigation and explanation that makes sense.

Best wishes SB

03/14/2014 07:53
wach 

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03/14/2014 07:53
wach 

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Re: numb finger after fasciectomy

I have the impression that AnneO already quit our forum, maybe because she was not satisfied with the responses. She is no longer registered.

Wolfgang

03/14/2014 10:49
AnneOC 
03/14/2014 10:49
AnneOC 
Re: numb finger after fasciectomy

Thanks guys. This is AnneO, I reregistered after I saw that first reply was not the norm. I hope I did not offend any of you by doing this.
You are right, I should ask my doctor. I just hate to get on the medical merry-go-round and be a whiner. As far as I know I have nothing else wrong in my back but I did break my neck around 10 years ago. It would be very ironic if the only finger that had surgery went numb years later from that old injury, wouldn't it? I don't have any other fallout from that injury.
Thank you all and best luck with dealing with this disease.

03/14/2014 11:52
humana 
03/14/2014 11:52
humana 
Re: numb finger after fasciectomy

AnneO:
Thank you for support and understanding. I thought this was a place to gain knowledge and learn through the experience of others. I suggest you deal with it. And, thank you very much, my first post and you've warned me away from the group.


Please don't judge the whole forum by one individual response! I also has numbness but it was due to capital tunnel syndrome, it was mostly my thumb then index finger and slightly middle finger. It really affect my life and I could not "live with it". It really affected my sleep and the lack of sleep affected my life. I've had a very successful capital tunnel release Feb '13 and no longer have numbness issues! At the time of the CTR I also had a simple procedure to cut the tight cord in my thumb index web space. The cord recurred and in Dec '13 I had a regional fasciectomy of the recurred cord and cord going up my thumb. The cords have all recurred but I have not had any additional disease extension in my hand. I conclude that the CTR did not cause any activation of my disease, my disease is persistent in the same place.
I hope you have relief soon!!

03/14/2014 16:05
callie 
03/14/2014 16:05
callie 
Re: numb finger after fasciectomy

AnneOC,

What did I say that was inappropriate?

You said, "Then, about six months after the surgery that finger started to "fall asleep" once in a while."

Edited 03/14/14 18:06

03/14/2014 16:17
spanishbuddha 

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03/14/2014 16:17
spanishbuddha 

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Re: numb finger after fasciectomy

callie:
AnneOC,

What did I say that was inappropriate?

You said, "Then, about six months after the surgery that finger started to "fall asleep" once in a while."
Maybe not inappropriate. But terse written communication from one stranger to another needs some care, because body language, facial expression and voice tone is missing. "I suggest you deal with it" might be interpreted as a harsh uncaring response, even if not intended, and may not help some people. Contrast with the other responses that were given. Maybe you were right but let Anne explore other options first.

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