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    Basal thumb arthroplady
    Raelaree posted:
    I had this surgery last Oct 2015 and still having lots of issues. I was immobilized in a cast for 6 weeks and then in a removable splint for 4 weeks just finished 6 weeks if therapy. Most significant is the huge amount of pain I have which is way more than before the surgery. Mostly it is in my thumb but also in my wrist. Also occasionally in my index finger. I can't lift hardly anything (a saucepan off the stove, a plate, a hardback book, etc) because the pain is so severe. I can no longer pinch with my thumb and index finger due to pain and lack of strength. My thumb is drawing into the palm of my hand so that I cannot open my hand all the way. Also have a HUGE lump at the base of my thumb and I can't bend my thumb in towards my palm more than about an inch if that. My doctor keeps saying this surgery takes a long time to recover from and believes all the above issues are from weak muscles from being in a cast. I lost my job (when my FMLA ran out after 3 months) because I can no longer lift anything that requires 2 hands. Just wondering if anyone else has experienced this. Seems like an awfully long recovery time and I never expected to have more pain than I did before the surgery. Thanks for the input.

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