Hello all. My very first post here so I will keep it brief :-
Dog bite to side of finger. Public hospital.
First surgeon performs gentle washout under anaesthesia. (4 stitches).
2nd surgeon peels hand open from tip of finger to centre of palm, killing tissue and cutting through nerves in fingertip; scalpels down all sides, removes nail bed and matrix, slices though fingertip pad. (Hundreds of stitches). Excruciating pain. (Called it exploratory surgery to search for infection, of which there was none).
A 3rd surgeon then has to go in to fix up as much as he can.
Must keep hand elevated for months because it swells and turns purple on depression. Morphine for weeks.
Knuckle swollen and seized, raised painful scarring, dramatic shrinkage from knuckle up to fingertip, shiny skin that peels off, but the PAIN in the fingertip is like electric bolts running through it – 6 months post op. Can hardly use the hand at all. Now they want to put me on Lyrica.
Hospital is now calling it Chronic Pain Syndrome. My question to you all is : in your experience, can CPS be used as a blanket excuse for a bad surgeon?
In answer to your question. Who would know such a thing?
Sorry, but I have answered with another question, because in reality, we here don't have all the facts surrounding your case and because we are all pain sufferers like you and we are not medically trained, we simply cannot make that kind of determination. Please don't post any personal information here, especially any information about the hospital and the clinicians, because that would be breaking the rules.
It is true that trauma can cause chronic pain. Heck, that is what happened to me and I've had this accursed condition for 57 years. Chronic pain is caused by the 'flight and fight' response in our brain. It is a real condition in its own right and it causes real pain. So with what you described, I supposed it could have.
But then I have heard of so many other people who have had some horrendous operations and they never developed chronic pain.
The best place for you to find the answers to your questions, will be to go see your GP or specialist and ask them these questions. It seems you are trying to educate yourself on this subject, which is one thing I recommend you do and I also commend you for doing so, because it will save you a lot of heart ache in the future. You won't be so easily fobbed off when you ask questions, plus they will know you are to some degree, wised up to the subject you are speaking about. So I would encourage you to go back to your doctors and ask that they expand on their diagnosis and give you the reasons why they believe what they believe.
For the interim though, please look around our website and read as much as you can, because you may find some information that may help you learn to self manage your pain condition.
Just know that all of us here are in pain and you can feel comfortable in the knowledge that we understand your language and the pain you are going through. You'll get all the support we can give and hopefully you won't feel alone in this, like most of us did prior to finding others like us.
Take care and keep talking!
I wish the ring (this Chronic Pain) had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened. (Frodo Baggins)
So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide, is what to do with the time that is given to us. (Gandalf the Grey)