5 years Post Wrist Surgery - Still having pain and cysts
Recurring Small Ganglion Cysts
After playing guitar for 15+ years, unexpectedly I developed a hand injury.
It came about during a period where I was traveling and NOT playing guitar.
I had recently got an iPhone, and was over-using it with micro movements. It is my suspicion this aggravated an existing underlying condition.
After various physio, acupuncture and TCM to no effect, I reluctantly had an operation to remove a lump attached to the tendon of my left hand in 2012. This did not improve my condition.
I was formerly a full time touring guitar player. Since, I have seen over 20 specialists, tried various stretch regimes, diets etc, but have never recovered.
I can no longer play acoustic guitar or bar chords. As a result I diversified, and now play bass, (rarely using my little finger) and produce records. My whole hand and forearm have obvious ongoing tendonitis issues.
Typing, and small movements like opening wrappers are difficult, but the noticeable issue comes up every 6 weeks or so, when I test myself and lift heavy things.
As a result I get tiny ganglions all over the back of my palm and the under side of my wrist. I believe when I lift heavy things, trauma occurs, tiny tears happen and liquid comes out. These are not hard, like the original lump, but fluid filled, and usually disappear within 10 days.
My pain level is stronger when they are present. When they appear it always feels like a set-back.
They appear at different sites each time. I really miss the dexterity and strength my hand once had.
What course of action do you recommend I take?
Thanks for your help!
It kills me when I see guitar players have to stop playing.
Here's what I recommend.
1. I'm not an expert on the cysts, and don't see it enough on here to increase my research on it, so google 'cysts and iodine'.
There's a category/type of iodine that people put on cysts (topically) and sounds like it has a good track record of making them go away. Maybe they show up partly due to iodine or other deficiency, I don't know. But it's a cheap and risk free option, put it on and see what happens.
2. I appreciate that you've tried a lot of different things. But as they say, the proof is in the pudding.
I suggest you get and start working with my Reversing Wrist Tendonitis program.
You've never adequately dealt with the 'tightness' factor, and to some degree that's because you've never dealt with the 'nutritional insufficiency' factor, and due to both of those you've (also) never adequately dealt with the 'chronic inflammation' factor.
See: Process Of Inflammation
-Maybe- you experienced an injury (rip/tear), but probably you just have debilitating pain and no actual injury. The three factors listed above account for that.
Surgery added in some actual injury, of course. And the initial lump on the tendon...I have some questions about that but the answers ultimately don't change your path of self care.
The Pain Causing Dynamic is a constant downward spiral unless one successfully deals with the factors that cause the pain etc.
Don't deal with the factors, and/or don't sufficiently deal with the factors and things are doomed to get worse.
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Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
The Tendonitis Expert