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Old 05-29-2023, 12:27 PM   #1
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Carpal Tunnel anyone?

I think that is the next tune up I am headed towards. Dominant left hand and forearm gets numbness, pins and needles to the point I wake up from the pain, I guess is the right word. Any advice or experience you could share? Given I work with my hands it was just a matter of time I guess...

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Old 05-29-2023, 01:09 PM   #2
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No advice, but working with a chain saw, angle grinder or sander for hours does impact my weaker wrist.
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Old 05-29-2023, 02:51 PM   #3
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I have it on and off. Sometimes real bad. Other times....GONE. Don't get it and no advice other than I wear a cheap $3.00 wrist wrap. It completely stops the pain for a short time.

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Old 05-29-2023, 03:29 PM   #4
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Yes…. I jammed my left thumb couple years ago and it blew up like a lead balloon…. Wicked painful, don’t remember the meds the emergency doc gave me but it came down in no time,,,

Now every now and then it acts up to the point it’s useless,,,, ICE, ADVIL, repeat repeat

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Ross reach out to jay Westportmafia as he just had both hands done and can prob provide some good first hand knowledge
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I dont know much about Carpal tunnel surgery Ross.
I am at the point where any use of my hands is very painful.....dressing, bathing, eating.....advanced arthritis I'm told. Thumb to wrist connection on both hands is junk and every other finger feels fractured or numb. Many sleep interrupted nights with pain and anxiety over loosing the use of them. Made my living with my hands for the past fifty years... the daily use and abuse of working construction has taken its toll. I want to keep working for financial and psychological reasons... but my work is not as good as it once was because I cant grasp anything firmly.

I hope your situation improves, and good luck if you decide to go with surgery.
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I have the same numbness but I’m right handed and that right hand goes numb. I assume over use arthritis etc.
I wake up from it, then in AM I have very little grip strength. It sucks. Getting old is easy, staying old is the hard part.
I have the same as RMarsh, both hands connection of thumb to hand. Yesterday I was rototilling and it was happening as I was running it so I just roughed it out right through it to get it done. I can’t afford to pay someone to do all the things I do.
Good luck Ross, years ago Melissa had the surgery for Carpel tunnel and did fine with it. Wearing a brace was just temporary she sits at a computer all day. She is fine now. A Neurologist can determine if you have it. I should go myself to see.
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I must have been whining about it and Dani just looked at me like I was an idiot and said I had carpal tunnel... Never considered it. Thought it was a keyboard injury... Symptoms were spot on, right down to it not affecting the pinky. Makes sense for us in the trades and working with our hands to consider.... Google it boys. I will try a lot of PT or holistic before giving in to another surgery. Although I have heard of good results.

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Start with a carpel tunnel wrist brace Ross, you should too Bob. I think I will get one and at least wear it to bed.
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Start with a carpel tunnel wrist brace Ross, you should too Bob. I think I will get one and at least wear it to bed.

I got one for each hand and wear the braces occasionally......temporary relief at best for me. Adapting to not using my thumbs.... substituting the knuckle of my forefinger for a lot of things that my thumbs used to do. Pushing the button on the compound saw to change the angle is the challenge. Surgery to remove a small bone between the thumb and wrist has been suggested as an option.......but with completely uncertain results......no thanks.
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Dealt with CP since I was young - braces help, but also finding compression gloves help a bit as well.


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I had carpal tunnel really bad working on a computer everyday in my later 30’s. At night my hands would fall asleep depending on how I was sleeping. Then one year it just went away. Now at 52 everything hurts.
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I must have been whining about it and Dani just looked at me like I was an idiot and said I had carpal tunnel... Never considered it. Thought it was a keyboard injury... Symptoms were spot on, right down to it not affecting the pinky. Makes sense for us in the trades and working with our hands to consider.... Google it boys. I will try a lot of PT or holistic before giving in to another surgery. Although I have heard of good results.
Ross, I went through it real bad 2 years ago, to the point where I could not sleep,I could not hold a phone, type or do anything constructive with my hand it would wake me up, wanting to avoid surgery ( I know people on their 3rd one).I got many opinions, and did lots of research, google my carpel tunnel .com... there is a "system" that uses a band aid like stretching strap you wear at night( you use a new strap each night), it is a 6 week therapy, and insurance will pay for it, I was in constant pain, by the third week, I was pain free, by the end of the six week, no numbness at all.. it has not reoccurred in 2 years...the bands gently stretch the facia between your thumb and across your hand relieving the constriction on the tunnel.. be fore warned, more is not better, read the directions and do not wear them too tight.. I did the first night and at first it felt good, at 2 Am i woke up feeling a swarm of bees had infested my hand, when they say gently stretch.. that is EXACTLY what it means.. IMHO, it's an alternative worth looking into.

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Thank you, Joe. I will look into that today!

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I had carpal tunnel really bad working on a computer everyday in my later 30’s. At night my hands would fall asleep depending on how I was sleeping. Then one year it just went away. Now at 52 everything hurts.
52 and everything hurts, oh boy wait until you turn 70, but I have to say I feel better at 70 than I did at 60. Dropped 30 lbs and stretching like crazy every day has done wonders.
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Ross, I went through it real bad 2 years ago, to the point where I could not sleep,I could not hold a phone, type or do anything constructive with my hand it would wake me up, wanting to avoid surgery ( I know people on their 3rd one).I got many opinions, and did lots of research, google my carpel tunnel .com... there is a "system" that uses a band aid like stretching strap you wear at night( you use a new strap each night), it is a 6 week therapy, and insurance will pay for it, I was in constant pain, by the third week, I was pain free, by the end of the six week, no numbness at all.. it has not reoccurred in 2 years...the bands gently stretch the facia between your thumb and across your hand relieving the constriction on the tunnel.. be fore warned, more is not better, read the directions and do not wear them too tight.. I did the first night and at first it felt good, at 2 Am i woke up feeling a swarm of bees had infested my hand, when they say gently stretch.. that is EXACTLY what it means.. IMHO, it's an alternative worth looking into.
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Ross, I went through it real bad 2 years ago, to the point where I could not sleep,I could not hold a phone, type or do anything constructive with my hand it would wake me up, wanting to avoid surgery ( I know people on their 3rd one).I got many opinions, and did lots of research, google my carpel tunnel .com... there is a "system" that uses a band aid like stretching strap you wear at night( you use a new strap each night), it is a 6 week therapy, and insurance will pay for it, I was in constant pain, by the third week, I was pain free, by the end of the six week, no numbness at all.. it has not reoccurred in 2 years...the bands gently stretch the facia between your thumb and across your hand relieving the constriction on the tunnel.. be fore warned, more is not better, read the directions and do not wear them too tight.. I did the first night and at first it felt good, at 2 Am i woke up feeling a swarm of bees had infested my hand, when they say gently stretch.. that is EXACTLY what it means.. IMHO, it's an alternative worth looking into.

I got tested with the nerve conduction test and have it in both hands

I found this website and it appears to be the system you mention Joe.
https://relief.mycarpaltunnel.com/

I will look into this further tomorrow

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I got tested with the nerve conduction test and have it in both hands

I found this website and it appears to be the system you mention Joe.
https://relief.mycarpaltunnel.com/

I will look into this further tomorrow

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I'm Still pain free and good, Nancy is using the system now...she only needed 3 days to have the numbness gone. Now if fixing my ailing shoulder was only that easy.

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