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Earlier this year I went or an operation on my hand (I can't remember the procedure) it was because I had osteo-arthiritius in my right hand so they removed the affected bone and took a healthy sample from my wrist then held it inplace with plates (staples). I was rushed back into hospital in shear agony screaming for them to remove my hand ( 30mg morphine and 1000mg of IV paracetamol did nothing to relieve pain) after being released 1hr 30mins earlier, I had a bleed and clot in my hand and wrist I was in hospital for 2 weeks and ended up having 3 different operations to explore and clean. 4 weeks later I was reffered to physio as I could not move my hand I have made massive progress 4 weeks after that I went for my checkup with my consultant. I explained that I was having severe pain still (more than before my operation) and that the progress I made with physio fell short as I could do somthing well then all of a sudden I was back in pain and week i.e. holding a mug I got to a point where I could grip it then out of the blue i just couldn't, I explained that my hand goes really cold compaired to my left hand and also the sensativity of my hand is well out of ballance. after a few easy tests he confirmed that I have CRPS . I have been taking gabapentin 100mg for around 3 months now (with Co-codamol 30/500) I am getting allot of side effects from it. My physio has reluctantly discharged me as there is nothing more he can do as the pattern is clear that I will make progress then regress, I am still doing all my exercises. My pain is still severe getting worse and spreading I am getting small white painful spots on my fingers and also I get what looks like blood blisters on my scars. I have to travel 70miles (round trip) to rok 5 days a week and I am struggleing so much now and believe in my opinion in the next few months I won't be able to drive. I am taking time off work due to the pain but I am also forcing myself to work when I am in too much pain due to having bills (like everyone) I can't find anything to relieve my pain I can't have a higher dose of gabapentin as I am getting side effects quite strong. I see my consultant next week (hopefully) What I am wondering is if I can claim disability or ESA? as CRPS is debilitating I can't play with my kids cook clean and also I don't eat properly due to my pain. sorry about the long story thought it may be best to let you know all.
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