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Carpal Tunnel; I sure need suggestions.

Hey fellow guitarists. I will happily consider any advice on the topic. I am getting it pretty badly in my right wrist from my "day job". It kinda sucks because one of my only strong suits, if you could generously think of it as that, is my finger-picking. This carpal thing has really slowed me down.
Actually, the people around me, that I have asked, think it has not. But it's hurting my confidence level. I just don't feel nearly as dextrous in my right hand. (My left was never as strong anyway.)
I do a couple of Chet type numbers, with an alternating base line overlayed with the melody. I am not really crazy about the metrenomic feel of some of Atkins music, but I need it when doing his stuff, and feel that this syndrome will soon affect it adversely. And not just that stuff, but everything else I play, if let go too long. So...
Do any of you have any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
Craig Lindsey
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Braydon HHEAPE look here

1/27/2005 11:06 AM

Charlie Murray (1876) wrote:

For the chap with the Bad finger.


I dont know how to link.



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1/27/2005 1:31 PM

James Wilmoth (5351) wrote:

Hey Charlie,

Search the lessons for HTML and you will come across a lesson I made for linking and a few other easy things.

-Willie



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Re: Braydon HHEAPE look here

1/28/2005 6:10 AM

Charlie Murray (1876) wrote:

I read your Lesson and loved it and rated it .

LoL

and you know it.

But the Library PC That I was using last time ,and this time , is very restricted.



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Re: Braydon HHEAPE look here

1/28/2005 9:29 AM

James Wilmoth (5351) wrote:

Yeah, but I had to jab you once for it! LOL!

Take care Charlie,
-Willie

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Re: Carpal Tunnel; I sure need suggestions.

4/15/2009 11:35 AM

Mike Smarjesse (858) wrote:

Hi Craig,
I noticed this message was pretty old and was wondering how you're doing with your carpal tunnel in the last 6 years..I've got it pretty bad and the doc wants to do surgery but I'm afraid to because of my guitar playing...Have you had any success with any treatments?

Thanks, Mike



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4/15/2009 12:17 PM

Michael Laurance (4040) wrote:

What are some of the early signs of it? What are any early preventions or solutions before it gets to the doctor?





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Re: Carpal Tunnel; I sure need suggestions.

4/15/2009 3:11 PM

Mike Smarjesse (858) wrote:

There are excercises you can do that help, especially in the early stages...also, you can wear wrist-splints(available at most stores).I'm in the later stages of CT and the stuff above helps me alot in the day and even when I'm playing guitar , however, it's a killer at night.I wake up in pain every hour and have to stand up and walk it off before going back to sleep.Something that does help in this area is the steroid shots..they last about 4 to 6 months for me(different time for everyone)..but when they kick in I'm totally pain free. The problem is I'm ready for another set of shots (this is my 5th)and my doc says its time for surgery and I'm saying...Doc, nobody is cutting on my hands that have been channelled from Danny Gatton..haha..just kidding and sorry Danny...God rest his great soul! I'm thinking about investing in these new CT splints I read about in GP..www.mycarpaltunnel.com..They're pretty expensive, but if they work, its alot cheaper than surgery.So in a nutshell here's what I would suggest in this order:
1.Use splints at night,preferably the ones above.
2.Do excersices..a chiropracter can help with those and in my early stages he also helped with pain....DO THE EXCERCISES RELIGOUSLY!!!!
3.Go to a Dr that specializes in CT and get the steroid shots...he'll probably want to test you first.Ask your regularMD first...he might be able to do the shots.
4.Last and only last...get the surgery done if your in extreme pain and/or extreme numbness.





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4/15/2009 4:02 PM

Michael Laurance (4040) wrote:

Mine is more of a soreness. I'm hoping it's not dark clouds on the horizon. Somtimes if I pop or stretch my thumb, it's better. I'm trying to do something now, just in case it is. I'm still trying to channel Zakk Wylde through my hands, and I'd hate for the process to be interrupted! LOL





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4/15/2009 5:31 PM

Randy Hano (12149) wrote:

I got a chance to chat with Adrian Vandenberg at a Namm show in the mid 90's about this. His recommendation is rest. You have to stop playing and let your muscles, ligaments and anything else associated rest. That is proper way to heal. I stopped playing for about 6 months and gradually increased repetitions slowly. This has worked for me with no current issues - knock on wood.



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10/19/2010 3:35 AM

Craig Lindsey (5518) wrote:

Hello, my friend Mike,

I know that I had many previous old posts. The carpal tunnel ones were important to me, and I got much good advice from this site.

However, and I say this with much humility: my own flashing lights, my own intuition, I believe, has resulted in the better physical condition. It in my case, was a matter of keeping my injured hand/arm above my heart, even during the night while sleeping, or trying to.

Ambien has been a great sleep aid for me in this regard. Yeah, a few side effects but nothing serious. Much better than sleep deprivation due to pain. Everyone's different, but works for me.

Also what keeps me playing is Percoset. Again, not for anyone.

In short, I haven't beat the Carpal problem, and don't want surgery....I prefer to mask the pain.

Some prefer the knife. Good luck with your decision. Truly.

I know this is late....Craig L

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