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Hello all -
I'm a 52 year-old woman who has been suffering with basal thumb arthritis for about 5 years now. I'm Canadian but spent 20 years in Europe working as a chef (apparently worked my fingers to the bone!) I'm now back in rural Canada to be closer to my elderly parents. In any case, I was quickly diagnosed with advanced CMC arthritis in the UK and offered surger, but made the decision to get back to Canada for my parent's sake first, thinking it wouldn't be a problem to sort it out there.
Well, do I ever regret not having surgery in the UK!
It's been an uphill battle here. The first two doctors I saw mocked my condition - the first told me to ''suck it up - we all have age-related aches and pains'' , and that he'd never heard of anyone having surgery to correct it. The second said she didn't believe this surgery was covered under our health care system and that I'd have to have it privately done in the States at my own cost. I was about to give up when I saw a third doctor who agreed to refer me to a rheumatologist. It took eight months to get an appointment and another many months to see an orthopaedic surgeon. Here we are, two years later and I'm finally getting my surgery in two weeks. The harried surgeon talked me into doing both thumbs at once. I know this is completely bonkers, especially as I live alone on a rural acreage and have little support. Why did I agree? Well, I couldn't bear to go through the whole process of waiting again, and I desperately need to get back to work. My career as a chef has been impossible without functioning hands and I've had to take anything else I could find where thumbs weren't terribly required!
Ok - so here's my question; has anyone else had both thumbs done at once, and if so, what are your top tips to get through the recovery? I haven't found ANYONE on the whole internet who has had both at once, so this forum is my last resort.
Please, no anti-national health care comments please. I am grateful for our system (and the NHS in the UK!!), despite obvious deficiencies. I believe my experience was made worse because I live in a complete backwater.
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