I’m Giving You The Finger

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by alantig, Nov 27, 2018.

  1. alantig

    alantig SSBMA

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2012
    Messages:
    8,820
    Likes Received:
    10,459
    Update, that is. The finger update.

    I had a cortisone shot a month ago. After about a week and a half, the finger was almost back to normal - I had pretty much full flexibility and almost zero pain. Still had some weakness, which I attributed to not being able to play as much for so long.

    Then the finger went all Flowers For Algernon on me and started regressing about a week ago. Every day, the range of motion decreased. Which is not to say there wasn’t any improvement - it was still easier to get the flexibility and mobility back than it had been before the shot, but it was detiorating. Saw the doc today, and with no stretching beforehand, the range of motion was about what it was when I first saw him. Took more effort to get the mobility back. Got another shot. If this one doesn’t stick, it’s carve me up time. I’m hoping the shot works. I was able to record and play tonight, but I’m paying for it a little bit now.
     
  2. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2017
    Messages:
    7,586
    Likes Received:
    11,632
    Sending you positive finger thoughts!

    Hopefully “Algernon” gets better and starts behaving!
     
  3. WA Paul

    WA Paul It’s ok...I’m with Manny dog

    Joined:
    May 11, 2017
    Messages:
    2,288
    Likes Received:
    4,670
    Dang, sorry about the finger pain Alan! Hopefully you can avoid surgery.
     
  4. toothace

    toothace We've got, you know, armadillos in our trousers.

    Joined:
    May 30, 2013
    Messages:
    5,235
    Likes Received:
    4,047
    Here's to good healing!
     
  5. gush

    gush I'm not a new member!!!!

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2012
    Messages:
    4,251
    Likes Received:
    2,853
    That sucks.........hope things work out.
     
  6. Rusty Chos

    Rusty Chos Don’t mean a thang if it don’t twang

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2014
    Messages:
    567
    Likes Received:
    1,177
    Um, buy it some flowers?
     
  7. garrett

    garrett Lurkin'

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2012
    Messages:
    5,126
    Likes Received:
    4,971
    Damn.

    Cortisone is hit and miss. When I had trouble with my thumb, the first shot bought me a few months. The second one did nada.

    Hang in there man and I hope this one sticks!
     
  8. alantig

    alantig SSBMA

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2012
    Messages:
    8,820
    Likes Received:
    10,459
    Thanks, everybody.

    Early indications are good. Still sore today, but I expected that - it's not a fun place to have a needle jammed into. But I'm seeing results more quickly this time - my initial mobility is a lot better this morning. The true test will be about a month from now. In the meantime, I'm trying to get as much recording done as I can - I can mix with a finger that doesn't bend.
     
  9. Tosca

    Tosca Death by a million mini-toggles...

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2013
    Messages:
    2,789
    Likes Received:
    5,973
    Sorry to hear this Alan. Sending positive thoughts that it will continue to improve.
     
  10. Dirty_Boogie

    Dirty_Boogie Still got the ol' tagger on it

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2017
    Messages:
    548
    Likes Received:
    1,108
    M
    Hope it continues to improve, but surgery is not a bad alternative. I got my trigger finger surgery done 3 weeks ago - about a 15 minute procedure. The severe pain is gone, the stitches are out, and it's healed nicely. Now just need to work on strengthening the finger again - it's my left hand pinky, so at the best of times was not my strongest finger, but now it definitely doesn't want to do any work. ;)
     
    garrett likes this.
  11. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Get in, loser, we’re going shopping.

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2012
    Messages:
    19,628
    Likes Received:
    26,876
  12. Lister

    Lister Playing guitar badly since the 70's...

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2017
    Messages:
    664
    Likes Received:
    975
    Sorry to hear this, hopefully the 2nd time cortisone is the charm for you.
     
  13. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2015
    Messages:
    17,167
    Likes Received:
    21,939
    Alan, hope things progress better after the 2nd shot. I'll chime in with "surgery isn't a bad thing", as well. The wife had Gamekeeper's Thumb about 10 years ago. Cortisone didn't help, so she went under the blade. Quick procedure, and a bunch of PT. Good as new from that day forward.

    Side bar; we had no clue what "Gamerkeeper's Thumb" is. If I would have known Alnus then, he could have provided some insight since the term started in Scotland. It's from the repetitive motion of a Gamekeeper breaking the "games" neck between his thumb and forefinger. Pretty sure the Mrs wasn't a Serial Bunny Killer.
     
  14. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2012
    Messages:
    23,730
    Likes Received:
    18,054
    I hope it gets better, Alan!
     
  15. garrett

    garrett Lurkin'

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2012
    Messages:
    5,126
    Likes Received:
    4,971
    Yup, my mom had the trigger finger surgery on at least one finger. She also had a carpal tunnel job done. Both seemed pretty easy.

    Heck, I had my whole thumb splayed open for a pulley reconstruction and I got back nearly all my range of motion, along with some cool scars. Modern medicine is grand.
     
  16. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2017
    Messages:
    7,586
    Likes Received:
    11,632
    The distant cousin of “Housemaids knee”!
     
    bodia and Bill SAS 513 like this.
  17. alantig

    alantig SSBMA

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2012
    Messages:
    8,820
    Likes Received:
    10,459
    It's kind of funny to see how many finger disabilities are named after jobs or hobbies. I saw something for boutonniere's disfigurement - for seamstresses. The index figure is curved from the tip to the second knuckle from the motion of putting buttons on garments. Never saw that one before.
     
  18. alantig

    alantig SSBMA

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2012
    Messages:
    8,820
    Likes Received:
    10,459
    Yes, it is. I just prefer not getting sliced open if I don't have to. But there's no hesitation here - if this doesn't work, it's the knife. What's one more operation next year? :p
     
    garrett likes this.
  19. Bill SAS 513

    Bill SAS 513 Just another old guy in a T-shirt

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2012
    Messages:
    2,410
    Likes Received:
    1,436
    Good luck, Alan...just hope it's fully resolved so you can enjoy your toys!!
     
  20. dogrocketp

    dogrocketp I drank the PRS kool aid, and it was tasty!

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2013
    Messages:
    2,190
    Likes Received:
    1,815
    If you're anywhere near Maryland, Call Dr. Ray Wittstadt at Chesapeake Hand Specialists. People will even come from other countries to see him. He has done 4 different procedures on my hands to keep me playing. He is a bass player who has had hand surgery. Around the DMV, he's known as the hand god. He was the 3rd different doctor I saw, and I knew immediately how he got his reputation when he was examining my hands. He used to teach at Hopkins.
     
    bodia likes this.

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice