Severe, advanced carpal tunnel

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  1. charlie chitlin

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    syndrome in both hands.
    First surgery, a week from Tuesday.
    On the heels of a total knee replacement and hernia surgery in the past year.
    I'm starting to think my crappy old body might be like one of my crappy old cars.
    This is the LAST THING, then there will be no more problems.
    And...the check's in the mail.
    I guess my summer is laid out for me.
     
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    Take care. Good luck with the surgery. I came close to having to get the surgery, but after taking a break from work and just re-training myself a bunch, managed to squeak by without the surgery. If i use power equipment (chainsaws and weedwackers) I get a nasty reminder that the nerve damage still exists.
     
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    Well Charlie, if there’s not gonna be any playing out this summer it’s kind of the perfect time to have it done. Just trying to look on the bright side. Good luck in everything !
     
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    Wow! I thought I was alone when I had a knee replacement revision, carpal tunnel & inguinal hernia surgery within twelve months three years ago. Hang in there & the carpal tunnel surgery is IME a cakewalk compared to the other surgeries you’ve had.
     
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    I had right hand carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel surgery about 12 - 15 years ago. It helped a lot, but if I'm aggravating it, it will still bother me some, meaning days of continuous bad posture mousing and typing. I'm really grateful for the surgery.
     
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    Charlie, I had both mine done, one two weeks after the other. A week after the second surgery (well, the first one too) I was back playing guitar, and the numbness was gone. Now every time I play, I'm grateful for the feeling in my wrists and hands. I'd had the numbness for at least 25 years.

    Nun of my business, but us being digital friends I'll tell you: be SURE that your surgeon is using the camera-guided laparoscope to do the job, and NOT the olfashion way with scalpel and general anesthesia. If s/he's not, find another surgeon. I had local anesthesia both times, and was able to watch the screen live as my carpal band let go and shrank into the surrounding tissue. The only reason a surgeon would NOT do it this way is that s/he doesn't have the equipment, and/or s/he doesn't know how.
     
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    My brother had both hands done at the same time.
    Just to be sure he fasted a week before the surgery so he wouldn't need any help in the bathroom.

    Ended up having no problems and was back playing the guitar within a few weeks..
     
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    1 down.
    AND a trigger finger at the same time.
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    Good luck, brother!
     
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    Looks painful! But it's all for the best. Keep on keepin' on, brother.
     
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    Be (a 'good')patient- and do what the Doctor told you.....

    Just as well you don't need your hands for much, huh? :rolleyes:
     
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    Uff da! Best wishes, bud.
     
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    Oh, man.

    I've got tendonitis in my left forearm for sure. Too much hand sanding. Too much love for hand tools.

    I was at the threshold of carnal tunnel twenty years ago. I do a few exercises a physical therapist showed me twenty years ago. It helps.

    For various reasons I should have started intensive physical therapy in October 2019. Girlfriend works out every day. We've been climbing a mountain every other day to see the view Maxfield Parrish painted a century ago. I barely make it but I make it.

    Godspeed, Charles. "If we knew we'd live this long we would have taken better care of ourselves."
     
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    Hey, as long as they can improve your capabilities medically, I say go for it and don't look back. Surgery is getting insanely better by the month -- less invasive, more effective -- so here's to you and I hope this goes well and the recovery is fast.
     
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    best wishes for a speedy recovery!
     
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    Thanks, amigo.
    And...please assure @Flaneur , above....
    If I couldn't use my hands anymore, the music world wouldn't suffer a bit.
    I'd miss it, though...I have fun.
     
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    Positive thoughts for a speedy recovery
     
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    I had back to back trigger finger surgery against my Dr's advice, and went back to work after 3 weeks for both surgeries against my Dr's advice. He recommended 6 months no work per surgery. Don't be stupid like I was. I have the CPS in both hands and trigger finger issues returned also. Machinist/Mechanic all my life did it.
    Hang in there. Your PT will probably have you dipping your hand in hot wax plus exercises. The hot wax was great.
     
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