Carpal tunnel - who has had the surgery

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    Well just as the title says has anyone on here had the Carpal tunnel surgery and how did it affect your playing after you healed up? I have it in both of my hands and I need to have the surgery done. Hands are really hurting and numb sometimes, I can only play the guitar for 10 to 15 minutes before they start to hurt and not work properly. I'm really nervous about the surgery because I do not want to loose my ability to play the guitar! So any stories about your experiences would be great!
     
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    Nobody? I figured someone on here would have had some kind of experience.
     
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    Well in about an hour I go to the doc for my final check up on my hands and then to set up the surgery date. I want to do my left hand first because that's the one that gives me the most grief, then after it heals up some then I will do the right hand.
    Really nervous about this and I hope it will give me the ability to play again like I could before!
     
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    best of luck dude! never undergone the surgery but i wish you a fast recovery :)
     
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    Thanks man!

    After I get it done I will take pics of hands after the surgery and post them up, also I will give details on how it's going during the healing process and if I get my playing abilities back. Then later down the road if someone does a search on here about carpal tunnel they can check out my results.
     
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    I had to have surgery on both elbows for cubital tunnel syndrome. I'm able to play just fine now!
     
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    Wow you'd think w/ all the talk of folks' hands not working around here there'd be more input. :lol:

    Perhaps they're just speaking figuratively...
     
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    I recently went to see an orthopedic doc about my hand. The visit came up empty. He gave me a referral to go see a neurologist and have some nerve tests done. (yay! :ugh:)

    Translation: I have serious hand issues, but apparently not the same issues you have. ;)
     
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    Damn! Well I hope everything goes good for you!
     
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    Oh forgot to add that the doc called me back and I have a meeting with the surgeon on the 7th to go over everything and then set the surgery date. And I will be having the Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Surgery done, seemed like the best option to me because it has a quicker recovery time.
     
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    My mother had the non-invasive CP surgery.

    Went great. No pain. No scaring. No issues.

    Good luck!
     
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    Thats good to hear! Thanks man!:yesway:
     
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    Good luck with the surgery!
     
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    well just got back from meeting with the doc and we went over what he was going to do. They have to go over things with my insurance company first and then the surgery date will be set.
    But after talking with the doc he is going to do my left hand first and then 2 to 3 weeks later do my right. After talking with him about the whole procedure i'm not nervous about getting it done now.
     
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    I thought I was done with playing guitar. I threw a tantrum and tossed all my gear into the closet and drove my ex-wife nuts for a couple of months. I could not even hold a pick without pain and numbness. This was after I had surgery the first time on the fretting hand. That surgery worked just fine without any complications. It did take a few months to heal though. I did break down and have surgery on the right elbow and ever since I have been able to play just fine without pain and numbness.
     
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    My friends dad plays bass like a mad man. Crazy good. Put he had to have the surgery a while back. But he still Plays like crazy.


    I'm afraid I'm goin to have to. My wrist pops really bad when I spin it and I get really bad pains too.


    How did your symptoms start?
     
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    I felt like my symptoms started when I would be out playing out at the bar in an acoustic band I was playing with. Seems like the extra tension it takes to play an acoustic over an electric really made my hands hurt and then go numb. I quit the band because of it. Then at work I need to use tools a lot and that didn't help the pains either. I had to stop refinishing guitars because using power tools like sanders and such would make them go numb.
     

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