#1
Hi Guys, I'm new on this forum. I'd just like to know if anyone on here has had carpel tunnel surgery and how long it took to be able to play again. Cheers
#2
Quote by stepchildusmc
no carpel tunnel for me...mom warned me about watching porn and eating Cheetos long ago.
i do however have a vast array of other ailments that won't stop me from playing no matter how uncomfortable or painful it gets( and it does sometimes) left lower GSW in the calf, one in the right upper shoulder( strumming big guitars sucks) yet another in the right forearm. a probable GSW on my left thumb - graze took off the nail and up to second joint 1/2" wide. stab wound in right upper quad and lastly an RPG round bwtween the feet that took off most of the skin on my lower legs. not to mention countless broken bones
if i can play with all that, i don't wanna hear anyone whining about carpel !
That's a bit unreasonable, even by your standards. I appreciate the pain and suffering those injuries have likely caused you over the years.

But, carpal tunnel syndrome is part of a cause & effect loop with playing the guitar.

You probably will consider this a pussyfied injury, but I had a bout with "tennis elbow" a while back It was very debilitating and painful, with respect to trying to play tennis in that condition.

I expect the a person could still be a damned good guitarist with both legs amputated at the knees.(*)

TS, you're really not supposed to seek medical counsel in these forums.

With that said, I was back on the tennis court about 5 weeks after having a heart valve replaced. I have absolutely no idea how that would correlate to carpal tunnel surgery recovery times. Everybody heals at different rates from different things. Plus, age and conditioning are big factors. Get with your doctor!

(*)"Phantom limb syndrome", would probably still allow you to believe you were taping your foot......., well maybe.
Last edited by Captaincranky at Aug 18, 2013,
#3
sorry, my bad. grumpy day i guess. spent 3 hours friday sitting next to a guy whining about getting PTSD from the motorpool. it's still gnawing at me.
my apologies Jadz
need more gear and a lot more talent(courtesytuxs)
Last edited by stepchildusmc at Aug 18, 2013,
#4
when did you guys become a vaudeville act???
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I just looked in my Oxford English Dictionary and under "Acoustic Guitar", there was your Avatar and an email address!
#5
Quote by patticake
when did you guys become a vaudeville act???
We always have been, but we've been trying to fine tune it.... Good of you to notice...
#6


Quote by Captaincranky
We always have been, but we've been trying to fine tune it.... Good of you to notice...


btw, jadz01 - you might want to check out the AGF. i recall a number of guys there have had carpal tunnel and other hand, wrist and shoulder-related surgery.
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I just looked in my Oxford English Dictionary and under "Acoustic Guitar", there was your Avatar and an email address!
#7
Ask an MD. Really.

Besides that, I'll say that I had an inflammation of my carpal tunnel about a decade ago that didn't require surgery. Despite that, using my right hand while it was inflamed was one of the more painful things I have experienced, edged out only by a torn ACL & MCL, a dislocated ankle the size of a grapefruit, and a diverticulitis-induced inflammation of my intestines that made me think I had internal rupturing.

(Never been shot though.)

The pain it caused led to the first- and only- time I have ever been drunk in public in front of my parents.

Without surgery, it took me a few months to return to playing cello (I hadn't taken up the guitar in earnest at that time) without discomfort.
Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

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Log off and play yer guitar!

Strap on, tune up, rock out!
Last edited by dannyalcatraz at Aug 19, 2013,
#8
Quote by dannyalcatraz
Without surgery, it took me a few months to return to playing cello (I hadn't taken up the guitar in earnest at that time) without discomfort.
As I said earlier, I had a pretty bad dose of "tennis elbow" which is just another form of tendonitis. Hurt pretty durn bad, and they won't fire you up with cortisone more than once every couple of months.

I can only imagine what carpal tunnel must be like, as it's actually and "inside out" form of tendon troubles.

Genetic bad luck really, as the size of the passages which house the hand tendon are too narrow, and that's what brings it on. Some people have wide open bone structure, and will never experience.

With just a layman's knowledge, I'm picturind the doctors almost literally taking your hands apart, to ream out the passages. Don't know if that's what happens, but whatever does, is pretty scary.

So, I wish our TS the best of luck with this. And playing the guitar ASAP afterwards should be the least of his concerns. And also be aware, too much guitar playing , probably had a big part in the onset of this problem.

I understand that each of us wants to be the best we can be, but sometimes the body isn't going to let you live up to your dreams, and you need to give yourself a time out to reflect on more realistic expectations. Trying too hard and playing too much, can cause you to go backwards, not forwards.
#9
In my case, it was brought about by too much computer keyboard time with bad hand positioning.
Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

Why, yes, I am a lawyer- thanks for asking!

Log off and play yer guitar!

Strap on, tune up, rock out!
#10
Yup, that'll do it too. I used to go to a supermarket in my area, and one of the cashiers always had a brace on one wrist and hand. I expect his issue was carpal tunnel also.
#11
Thanks guys, but a stupid question.....what is AGF? Acoustic Guitar Forum
#14
My doctor said I had a 90% success rate, prior to surgery, considering my age at 48 that's not too bad... I love playing so I opted for the surgery. Either that, or go on suffering.

I suffered with numbing fingers for years, constantly shaking my left hand to get the feeling back in my fingers. It's very frustrating for sure. It was hard to play even one song without my fingers loosing their feeling. It's been 10 weeks since my surgery but I was playing a bit here and there for about 1/2 or so, about a month after the operation. It can take 6 months to a year to fully get the strength back in your hand. I have not had any numbness since the surgery but I get stinging pains now and again in the palm area. However its not from playing, it just happens...even at rest. I'm glad I had it done and it still feels sensitive to the touch, I get a itchy feelings too, but that will lessen it time. I haven't had a jam session with friends and don't know how long I can go before it get sore. I'm thinking, I could probably go for a few hours for sure. That's going non stop one song after another. Hope this helps anyone thinking about surgery or who suffering with numbness.