Carpal tunnel - who has had the surgery

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  1. texshred777

    texshred777 SS.org Regular

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    That's good to hear that your surgery went well. I had the surgery a little more than a year ago and didn't have such an easy time with it. I was unable to put much weight on my hand for weeks, couldn't do any pushups or even support myself on my right hand for months. We were moving at the time so it was difficult to get the heavy stuff loaded and moved. Luckily I had some really good friends who helped out.
     
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    All_¥our_Bass Deathly Chuuni

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    I'm glad it went so well for you.

    I hope I never get carpal tunnel, guitar, internet, gaming, even simple things like writing notes-it would make life quite difficult for esp. since I need to keep my hands busy (part of my ADHD).
     
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    Thanks!
    Keep them hands busy and I hope you never get it as well! It sucks!
     
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    Okay just an update - it's been 5 months and beside the small scars on my wrists, i'm totally healed up. Can't even tell I ever had problems with my hands! So if any of you are having problems like the ones posted before, go to the doctor, get it checked out and if you do have CTS than get the surgery! It was the best thing I ever did.

    MODS - sorry for the time lapse bump just wanted to post an update on my progress.
     
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    slowro Drunken Scot

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    Great news mate! Sounds like it was a wise decision and again well done having the balls to get it sorted
    My pains have gone away after some adjustments to how I drive etc Only to be replaced with back pain. I can't win haha
     
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    Good to hear about your pains going away, sucks that they moved to your back. WTF that's weird!
     
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    slowro Drunken Scot

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    I know :( i have no doubt its a posture thing while I am driving but I have tried so many different seating positions
    I have a job interview soon for a more active job so fingers crossed
     
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    Well good luck!
     
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    slowro Drunken Scot

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    I forgot to update this
    I got the job and I'm feeling much better not having to drive all day :shred:

    Getting fitter now and that has been a great help
     
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    Looking at the pictures of the surgery makes my hands feel weak... :(

    What are things I can do to prevent carpal tunnel?
     
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    Look up on youtube for carpeal tunnel stretches. I did them for a looong time and they help out a lot for some time but after awhile they stopped working for me.
     
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    Necro-bump...

    I just wanted to publicly thank Mattmc74 for this thread - searching for information about the recovery from a guitarist's perspective, I found this thread very comforting and confidence inspiring. I had both wrists done three weeks ago, and no regrets.

    For years, I allowed fear of going under the knife to put me off from treating my issues, and my CTS developed to the extent that I was forced to stop playing altogether for three years. Last year, EMG testing didn't show significant compression of the median nerve, so my specialist asked me to start actively playing full-time again and aggravate my symptoms. Over the summer we tried cortisone injections with good results, but I asked to move forward with endoscopic carpal tunnel release in both hands.

    My experience has largely mirrored Matt's, recovery has been faster than I would ever have imagined. Within days of the procedures, I was running light scales and exercises to evaluate my condition, and have been rebuilding steadily since then. I don't think I'd want to go play a four hour gig yet, but improvement has been very consistent, each day is better than the day before.

    I can only mirror Matt's sentiments - if you think you are developing CTS symptoms, find a specialist and get it checked out. Begin treatment, and if it warrants surgery, do it. ECTR is a walk in the park!

    -m
     
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    Necro-bump part 2 :yesway::yesway:

    Thanks to Mattmc74 again for posting about his carpal tunnel journey. :bowdown::bowdown:

    I have been told in the last few weeks that I unfortunately have 'atypical carpal tunnel symptoms' and the doctor said that I will definitely need the surgery. :realmad::realmad:

    Worst possible timing as we have just finished our album for release in 3 months time and have been confirmed for a major UK festival in the summer.

    Not sure whether to get it done now (and get a stand in guy for the 3 shows we have before august) or wait till summer is out the way and an initial couple of tours are done.

    He seemed to think that i wont do any further damage if i hold off.

    This post has made me more confident after some savage googling on possible dangers of getting the operation done. I know everyone is different but if you read that internets then you will be ready to sell your gear when you have CTS as the only people who seem to post had the operation their hands turned into sausages and their johnson fell off then they got hit by a bus on the same day (exaggeration but you get what i mean).

    So yeah - thanks Matt - i will endeavour to keep you all posted on what happens to my hand. at the moment im not so bad but the show we play in the summer is huge for me - biggest i have ever done and about as big as you can play in UK. Also the album has nearly broken me - ive nearly lost my job by coming in tired every day, my gf has nearly ended things with me due to being out at the studio so much. (terrible terrible balance of life i know - its something i need to work on)

    Dont post here much but really enjoy the reads - ill try and chip in more regularly :shred::metal:
     

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