• Hurting Hurting
    August 15, 2009
    I had carpal tunnel surgery on my right hand five weeks ago and I am still in a great deal of pain.
    Hurting Hurting
    August 15, 2009

    A different kind of pain, but never the less it's still pain. The doctor said it was called pillow pain and some people have it after carpal tunnel surgery and some people don't. The doctors don't know why some have pillow pain and others don't. What I would like to know is: What is pillow pain and what can I do to stop the pain? I was told to put heat on my hand and I did that and it worked for a short period of time and the pain started back again shortly afterwards. I just want to be pain free and I'm hopping that someone can provide me with some information that can help me become pain free.  Thanks in advance for any information that you can provide.



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  • spideycakes August 15, 2009
    August 15, 2009

    I am an RN and I have never heard of "pillow pain,"  but that does not mean it doesn't exist- It may be a term he uses to describe the hypersensitivity some people have after the surgery. 

    Try the heat and ice alternating every 15 minutes.  Sometimes that helps.  I asked for a referral to Hand Therapy after my surgery, and they did a lot of things that helped the pain.  Maybe that would help you too.  Keep the hand elevated, if you can, as well...having it hang down made my pain worse.  The one thing I found out was that I had to keep using my hand, even if it hurt.


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