So, First the good news-the neurologist said my nerves (after some nerve conduction test thingy's that involved electrodes and then a pin that zapped you for good measure) looked great, he saw no evidence of D affecting my nerves. The bad news, apparently, the carpel tunnel is so severe that they super-zapped me a few times and were unable to get any reading on the other end, and that, apparently, indicates a pretty smushed median nerve in both wrists. He said I would not need to try and rehabilitate my hands, that I should proceed straight to a surgeon and just have an operation to release the pressure on the nerve, or my hand strength would get worse and worse and I'd eventually not be able to grip or work with my hands at all.
Now, I've been dealing with the numbness/tingling for years. It went away the first few years I had really decent control of my D, but lately, even with decent control, my hands have really been hurting and making a lot of things I used to enjoy, like drawing, knitting or working on a computer, frustrating and painful, so I guess I really need to do this.
Anyone else have surgery for carpel tunnel? Any advice or experience you would be willing to share? Did it relieve the pain and numbness and if so, is it true that it can come back after a few years? I guess more than anything I'm just nervous as of all my friends who have went for the nerve conduction tests, they all got sent to physical therapy and given wrist braces, I don't know of anyone who actually went straight to surgery, and I'm a bit nervous, should I ask for a second opinion, what do I ask a surgeon, just not sure what I may need to look out for.