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MargoTester | 18:03 Thu 29th Oct 2015 | Body & Soul
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I had a replacement right hip operation just over 6 weeks ago and was using elbow crutches. After a few days my hands began to hurt although I had put padding on the handles. I was obviously putting too much weight on the crutches. After 2 weeks I stopped using the right crutch as my hand was so painful and I thought my hand would return to normal. I cannot feel my little finger or the one next to it on both hands (right hand is worst) but if I touch the fingertips I get what feels like an electric shock. I can't lift or grip anything. I mentioned this to the consultant who said it seemed like nerve damage and would eventually get better. I saw my GP who gave me Movelat gel to rub in, that has had no effect whatsoever. Any suggestions?

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I agree with the Consultant...using your crutches has "upset" the ulnar nerve as it winds around the arm bone.

It will settle, without treatment.
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Thanks Sqad, just wanted some reassurance really. What sort of time scale am I looking at do you think bearing in mind I stopped using the right hand crutch 4 weeks ago, and if anything it has got worse not better?
No idea Margo...........but it will.
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Thanks for your help, and the link, I appreciate it. Will just have to be patient I guess, not my best attribute!
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