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#1 posted 11-15-2015 08:26 PM

Jesse, is there any chance you also have carpal tunnel syndrome?
- ForestGrl

It s possible. I finally sucked it up and went to the doctor. She assured me that I have tendinitis. At the time it was so bad that I couldn t move my thumb on it s own. It would lock up and had to be moved with the other hand to relieve the intense pain. It may not ever go away. The mornings are a bit tough but as soon as I get moving it loosens up and I will be less prone to injury. This happened 8 months ago just for reference.

- Luthierman

Hmmmm, that “worst in the morning” thing is part of the symptom complex with CT. Hopefully, your doc is right, but they’ve been know to miss a diagnosis. The reason carpal tunnel is worse in the a.m.’s is because we tend to sleep with our wrists bent, which further closes off circulation to the median nerve. I’ve had both hands done. Knew I was in trouble when I couldn’t pick up a spoon for breakfast. It’s important to take care of nerve compression before it is so bad that surgery doesn’t really help that much. Glad you’re out of the Dark Times anyway!

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