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Re: [IP] frozen shoulder/trigger finger
- Subject: Re: [IP] frozen shoulder/trigger finger
- From: Sam Skopp <email @ redacted>
- Date: Sun, 23 May 1999 10:51:26 -0700
At 05:31 AM 5/23/1999 email @ redacted wrote:
>Thanks Linda for supporting my view. I am sure I had trigger finger because
>my middle finger would lock and I couldn't open it without using the other
>hand. My endo said it was neuropathy so it might have been that too. I
>great respect for Sam and his knowledge, but exercise worked for me and it
>might work for others.
>Drs,in general, love to send people to other drs or for other tests. They
>rarely recommend certain exercises or diet changes(not the DM diet, but
>certain foods that might cause problems) because they don't know much about
>it or their haven't been any studies.
If your therapy, using exercise works for you that's great! Each person and
each condition are different. So there is rarely one universal answer for
everyone. You have to do what's best for yourself.
I'm a pragmatist who doesn't really like going to the doctor (honest!) I
was basically reflecting the information that my orthopedic surgeon (who's
supposed to be quite good) gave me. I know that my gut reaction to trigger
finger was to try to exercise it, which I actually did for a number of
months. It not only didn't improve, it got worse. So, I was hoping to save
someone a bit of added pain by recommending that they check with a
competent, knowledgeable doctor first.
This assumes that you have a medical professional that you trust, of
course. If you don't have complete confidence in your medical care team,
then all bets are off. My endo doesn't casually ask for tests and/or
readily pass me off to other specialists without good cause. And, the
orthopedic surgeon didn't jump right into invasive therapy, but recommended
immobilization for a number of weeks first. After that didn't work, we
tried the cortisone injection (which did work) before even thinking of
anything else. This doctor is the same one that diagnosed my frozen
shoulder too and recommended exercise and physical therapy before doing
anything else. In both cases, he also took x-rays to be sure that there
wasn't anything else happening.
The watch word, as always is YMMV.
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