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Old 10-30-2012, 02:38 AM   #16
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Both of mine were done together. It made some parts of the daily routine a, awkward, shall we say.
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Old 10-30-2012, 09:07 PM   #17
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Go see the hand man

Hey XR,
I had both hands done via traditional surgery. About 10 years ago, maybe 9 months apart.
I had numbness in the ring and pinky fingers that wouldn't quit, and my thumb muscle had atrophied to about half its original size.
I see you are in Post Falls. I have to suggest you go see Dr Henry Lin at Northwest Orthopedic Surgeons in Spokane. ( He is a hand specialist, he's got great manner, and he's a great guy. I was recommended to him by several friends in the medical community here in Spokane. THe ssurgery takes 10 mintes or less the traditional way, recovery is about a week. I think I took a couple of pain pills in the day afterward, but the bandages come off in about 3-4 days. No tingling, no numbness, no electric feeling, and no pain.
You do need to rub the area for a couple weeks afterward to keep scar tissue from forming, and I'll bet that your wife's electrical feeling is from scar tissue that formed after surgery. Just rub your thumb up and down the area a few times a day and you won't have that problem.
I can't encourage you enough. Its not a big deal. I own an auto racing business, and am always working with my hands. The old carpal tunnel surgery never affected me, but I can remember how weak my hands were and how much I couldn't do because of it. At least talk to the best Orthopod in the area, then decide for yourself.
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Old 10-31-2012, 08:11 AM   #18
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Thank you everyone for the information and the built confidence! I've known for a long time that this is something I would have to do "some day"; maybe now I'll get to it in this off-season.

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Old 10-31-2012, 12:29 PM   #19
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I've never had any carpal tunnel issues, but I always honk my horn when I drive through it.


To the OP: I hope you find the relief you need!
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Old 11-04-2012, 05:28 AM   #20
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Hey XR
Ok, man. It can still get worse if you keep letting it go. I type all day and then ride as much as I can. I couldn't feel the throttle within a few seconds or the mouse within a few seconds after placing my hand on them. Riding was done for me. I put up with that for about 2 weeks before I got the surgery scheduled. You have obviously put up with the pain a long time. I did too. I understand. I just had my right carpal cut when we bought and then remodeled our 5th house and had to sheetrock and mud and tape with a cast on one hand, but I did it. It was SO SO SO very much worth it. Just my 2 cents, but now I can make money working and can ride every day. Sure you have some shooting pain, but the numbness is gone and you are a man and can deal with pain, as long as you can use your hands. Don't put it off for fear of surgery and pain if you don't have to. You've got it tougher since you said your wife is a nurse. Mine is too, so we get ZERO sympathy. I totally understand. I was using a drill/driver with my fixed hand within 2 weeks of the surgery with no issues. I could have done that sooner, but I was being careful as I did not have insurance and each trip to the doctor needed to be saved for ahead of time. I've learned my lesson and now pay my $289 a month, just for health insurance. Oh, the joys of being self-employed are not cheap, but I can't beat the work environment! Crud, my left hand is now going numb a lot. I guess man was not meant to type!! Good luck!
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Old 11-06-2012, 04:26 PM   #21
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I have had the surgery on both hands and what a relief. I am a surgery nurse who scrubs often and the tight gloves really bothered my hands. Also using the mouse on the computer, typing, and hanging on to the handlebars of the motorcycle, especially the throttle hand. I had the "big, long incision" which isn't that big or long and lets the doc really get a look at the anatomy of the hand. No problems after except relief. Had the surgery after my club's monthy ride and was ready for the next month's with no problem.
When your sleep is bothered it is past time to get the surgery.
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Old 11-06-2012, 04:46 PM   #22
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Again, thanks to everyone who chimed in on this subject! It definitely gives me motivation to go see a doctor. I guess I'll start saving for surgery rather than that new bike!

I am certainly no doctor, but the more I look into this, I think I might have more of a problem with "cubital tunnel syndrome" rather than, or in combination with carpal tunnel. My numbness definitely starts in my lower arm, pinky and ring finger before eventually working into the remaining fingers. Apparently, the nerve that goes through the carpal tunnel only gives feeling to the thumb, pointer, middle, and part of the ring finger. The nerve giving feeling to the pinky and majority of the ring finger go through the cubital tunnel in your elbow. Who knew?
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Old 11-06-2012, 04:52 PM   #23
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In re: "the nerve that goes through the carpal tunnel only gives feeling to the thumb, pointer, middle, and part of the ring finger. The nerve giving feeling to the pinky and majority of the ring finger go through the cubital tunnel in your elbow. Who knew?"

It really pays to investigate the symptoms and to ask for a nerve conduction test.
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:04 PM   #24
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I second that you have to see a specialyst and get the correct diagnosis, the cubital nerve can be trapped at the elbow, very far away from the carpal ligament, the electromiogram is a study that your doctor has to see and will help him decide the best way to treat your problem. Good luck
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Old 11-07-2012, 09:37 PM   #25
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I had both done at the same time, in Tri-Cities by a Dr. Burgdorff. He did a fine job.
When they wrapped me up after the surgery I had my fingers exposed and doing daily tasks like writing and of course "cleaning" one's self wasn't a problem.
It used to wake me up at night they were so bad but no issues with that since it was done back in 03 or so (can't remember for sure)? The doctor told me that I wouldn't be able to lift weights anymore because of my grip, I do find that my grip is weaker than before but I have no problems riding the bike - either the street or the dual sport.
I recomend getting it done if it is causing you problems.

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Old 11-14-2012, 01:29 PM   #26
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Hey Guys, when you have Carpal Tunnel, does your forearm burn after weight training? Can you NOT hold your wrist straight when doing dumbell presses?

My Dr. said I have Carpal Tunnel, but adds 's it's also pretty clear that I have Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS)

My Carpal Tunnel sems to be mild. If the above are symptoms of CP, after reading this thread I may go ahead and have it fixed. If it's just more ALS crap, well, then,...crap.
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Old 11-14-2012, 01:34 PM   #27
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Really sorry to hear about the als, T Low.
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