Aug 11

CubitalTunnelLogo I was diagnosed with cubital tunnel syndrome 3 years ago.  My symptoms were considered "moderate": measurable loss of nerve conduction, moderate to severe pain at times, slight numbness, some weakness, but no atrophy.  I had been attempting conservative treatment, including wearing a splint at night, wrist brace during the day, exercises, special computer keyboard and mouse, and pain medication. 

But the pain wouldn’t go away, especially while using the computer, which is my job as a software developer.  So my doctor finally decided it was time for surgery, and given that my symptoms were not yet severe, he recommended ulnar decompression surgery.  This article describes my experience with ulnar decompression surgery for cubital tunnel syndrome.

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Article published on August 11, 2008

5 Responses to “My Experience with Ulnar Decompression Surgery for Cubital Tunnel Syndrome”

  1. » My Experience with Ulnar Decompression Surgery for Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Says:

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  2. Sheryl Says:

    Thank you for the information on cubital tunnel syndrome. I started noticing pain around the elbow area that would cause shooting pains down my forearm and into my hand about three months ago. I thought I had been sleeping on it the wrong way, but when the pain wouldn’t go away and continued to get worse, I started to investigate carpel tunnel.

    As a web developer who handles some very large projects, I thought carpel tunnel was a myth, since, after all my time on computers, I hadn’t gotten it.

    I believe you have identified the pain I’ve been experiencing. The pain seems to last all day and night, so much so, that removing certain articles of clothing leaves me almost screaming from the discomfort.

    These past two weeks have been the absolute worst. Small, simple things, like lifting laundry or opening cans and bottles, causes a great deal of pain.

    I will be shopping for new ergonomic office equipment, and I may have to retire the mouse altogether for a keyboard with a touch pad.

    Who would have thought this much pain could be caused from web development and programming? I appreciate being able to connect the symptoms to a name now, and also knowing it’s not uncommon among those in our profession.

    Best of luck in your recovery!

  3. hospital Says:

    thank you very much very nice article

  4. Jenny Ament Says:

    Thanks for your article. I saw that you live in Cincinnati and was excited because I do, too. I looked up your doctor’s info. and may schedule an appt there. Was he the most qualified in Cubital Tunnel surgery or did you just happen to get him? Thanks!

  5. timm Says:

    @Jenny: My surgeon was recommended by my primary care physician. I don’t know if the “most qualified” but he has performed hundreds of CuTS surgeries. I imagine there are other doctors there who are also highly qualified, you’ll just want to confirm. The clinic itself is excellent.

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