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    Forum Member Sérgio's Avatar
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    Carpal tunnel syndrome

    Well, just came back from the doctor and after x-rays and ultrasonography of the wrists and hands, that's my diagnosis. I though it were a common tendonitis, but it's more related to nerve tunnel than to tendons.

    And it sucks.

    I hope the meds don't mess up my stomach too much.

    And damn, I got two upcoming gigs which are really important.


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    Re: Carpal tunnel syndrome

    Put some thought into the positioning of your guitar to accommodate your wrist. Don't be afraid to raise it up to an uncool level if required.

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    Re: Carpal tunnel syndrome

    good luck, man. I second what Don said. Protect your wrists
    "Live and learn and flip the burns"

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    Re: Carpal tunnel syndrome

    Sérgio, as one who works on computers night and day (or seemingly, anyway), carpal tunnel syndrome is always a risk. There are exercises one can do to mitigate the risk, and the affects. Here are three (demonstrated):

    https://www.healthline.com/health/ca...rist-exercises

    Good luck. As that great philosopher Linus Van Pelt once said, "Pain hurts!"

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    Re: Carpal tunnel syndrome

    I had CTS about 10 years ago, and a surgeon repaired it. It took a long time for me to heal--never, btw, get both hands done at once. You won't be able to dress or anything.

    I still have a lot of pain in my fretting hand, the hand and wrist that had surgery, especially when I play bar chords. It's arthritis, so I just have to live with it.
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    Re: Carpal tunnel syndrome

    Luckily I'm still in the initial stage of the disease, so rest, ice and anti-inflamatories are enough.

    As for arthritis, it sucks, and I used to be terrified about it, until talking to my old man (he's a doctor), and referring the fear of having to quit playing some day, he said "have you ever seen Keith Richards' hands? Go play your guitar".

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    Re: Carpal tunnel syndrome

    if you don't use it, you lose it
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