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Thread: Carpel Tunnel Syndrom anybody have it?

  1. #1
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    Oct 2006
    somewhere east of Queen Creek, AZ - South East of Phoenix

    Carpel Tunnel Syndrom anybody have it?

    I have had a few of the symptoms for some time now but recentlyt the left hand has gotten worse. surgery is one option but I have been doing some research on web and finding that there are less envasive treatments. has anyone else had the problem and if so what have you done to relieve the symptoms.
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  2. #2
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    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    I think I might be going down this road at some time as well.

    I did a LOT of damage to my hands when I was younger, played offensive and defensive line from the time I was about 12 until I finished high school at 18. I broke all of my fingers, some of them more than once and both of my thumbs, plus I dislocated both thumbs........ at the same time

    Now some mornings I wake up and my hands are numb, and hurt a bit, and in the last year, or less, I've noticed I have a reoccurring case of what I call the "Dropsy" meaning I drop stuff all the time, stuff I "Had" in my hands, but then I just drop it I've also noticed that my grip strength is not what it used to be I really noticed it earlier moving them 1" thick sheets of subfloor plywood around.

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  3. #3
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    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    its part of age i think don the dropsy has happened here to. as for the surgery option i have seen both sides of it from a distance.. and i am not gonna jump on it just pay more attention and visit the motrin bottle occasionally. the wife works a highly reppetive job and has had the surgery and it wasnt worth it..therapy and better habits are better fixes i think.
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  4. #4
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    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri
    I get the symptoms once in a while. I've found that I have to watch what I'm doing and how I'm doing it. Keep the wrists arched at the keyboard and such and in a week or so I'm feeling better. I know someone that had the microscopic surgery recently and they were using their hand the next day, but may be a case by case basis, haven't really researched it myself.

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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Tellico Plains, Tennessee
    Quote Originally Posted by Don Baer View Post
    I have had a few of the symptoms for some time now but recentlyt the left hand has gotten worse. surgery is one option but I have been doing some research on web and finding that there are less envasive treatments. has anyone else had the problem and if so what have you done to relieve the symptoms.
    I've been having a few symptoms myself... for the past 8-10 years whenever I drive my left hand would get numb. Finally talked with the doctor about it and he suggested using a wrist band when I drive and sleep?.. it seems to help some. I don't think mine has reached anywhere near surgery level yet... it gets a little sore now and then, but mostly it just get numb.

    My sister had surgery for hers in both hands... seemed like it worked fine for her... just don't like the idea of someone cutting around on the ligaments of my hands.
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  6. #6
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    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    I got it pretty bad in my right hand. The hand keeps going numb all the time. The Dr. gave me a wrist brace which I use at night but it doesnt really help much. Dont know whats next. I dont want to have surgery.

  7. #7
    I had the surgery back in the late 80s.... Would look for other alternative this time. Still have a problem when I work hard, lost some nimbleness in the surgery. Can't Do Boy scout salute (three fingers up small folded down) was difficult being a scout master after that.

  8. #8
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    Nov 2006
    Odessa, Tx
    I have it in BOTH wrists, (pretty bad). It was so bad in the RIGHT wrist about eight years ago, I snapped the tendon that pulls the thumb open from the hand and had to have that surgically reconnected. Now, have no feeling in my first and second fingers of the LEFT hand, and not Much feeling in that thumb and am continually dropping things from that hand without even knowing I've dropped it. I have the wrist braces for Both wrists, but since I'm not driving a truck anymore, I don't use them much, (but they did help during that time).

    I know quite a few folks that have had the surgery, and the results range from "Absolutely fantastic", to "Not worth it". It seems that some Surgeons have a lot better and More Consistent results than others, BUT even with the Best Surgeons, the results seem to vary somewhat from patient to patient.

    I, like you Don, have put off doing the surgery as long as I can, and now it will have to wait til after I do the knee replacement thing before I even think about that surgery.

    Vibration, hammering, and a few other activities seem to irritate the problems and only resting the wrists from activity seems to help, AND I sometimes wear the wrist braces for a few days to get things back to where they were. You might want to get one for each of your wrists and try them to see if they help, specially when you are doing activities that really irritate the situation. Seems like they only cost about $17 each, (the last time I bought one) and are available at most medical supply stores.

    If you do find any alternate method that helps, please post it, because being diabetic, I really don't want to do ANY Surgery that is not Absolutely necessary.

  9. #9
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    Feb 2007
    I have it on both hands since about a year, after a rather severe start with both hands going numb and feeling swollen at wake up.

    Gone to a hand physiotherapist after visiting a doctor who was really eager to take me under surgery which I refused.

    I'm using wrist braces at night and they help a lot. Wrist stretching exercises at any time of the day, or at any work stop and before starting woodworking have brought me almost back to my original condition.

    Gone back to mountain biking and it is also hard on the wrists but after a few days of getting numb hands for some time while riding it seems that it is good for them, I've regained strengh and and they feel better than ever

    I've been told that if symptoms are strong and don't recede surgery is compulsory and should not wait long or the nerves get atrhrophia and then surgery is useless.
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  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    duck ditch aka goose creek s.c.(aka lathekiller)
    have it in both hands
    had right hand fixed not bad lost a little power in grip but it is not that bad
    if they want to due sug. let them it will not get any better without it would i have right hand redone YES
    will have left hand done next year

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