I've suffered from severe pain in my wrists and hands following open bilateral carpal tunnel release and bilat. trigger finger release surgeries (at the same time) in 11/2006.
I did not have this level of pain and disability *before* the surgeries.
The pain gets worse with use and a little better with rest. A month after the surgery I had a few weeks of occupational therapy but never got to the level I was told I should have even been close to due to my severe level of pain.
The most severe pain is in my wrists (not incision sites, the entire wrist) but I also have terrible pain in my hands, especially when my thumbs are involved in an attempted activity (like using a spigot, trying to hold a bowl or even just a newspaper).
Things I can no longer do without pain include driving a car (the tighter/smaller my grip on the wheel the worse the pain gets -- I use a wheel cover to assist), trying to lift anything heavier than a few ounces, making the bed, holding a newspaper for more than a few seconds (fingers and thumb together increase pain), hold objects for more than a few minutes (thumb involvement especially), work TV remote.
I have hardly been able to work since the surgery (2 1/2 hours total worked last year).
The Nerve Conduction test in March revealed I have mild CTS again (don't know how since I haven't been able to DO anything to cause it to recurr).