Carpal Tunnel Return and other things

by Caleb Spann
(Grove City, OH 43123)

Hi my name is Caleb Spann,

I recently had carpal tunnel surgery this past June 2009 (right wrist) and August 2009 (Left wrist). These past two weeks I have noticed the return of pain on my palm near my thumb, the same pain as before the surgery.

It is not nearly as frequent or bad, but nevertheless its there.

I am pianist but I also used to be a competitive bodybuilder so my wrists have taken abuse over the past 4 years of doing both together. I am aware that I have wrist tendonitis, thumb tendonitis, wrist cracking and ulnar nerve pains as well.

These were not occuring until two months after the surgery.

While it could just be coincidence I want to get rid of the tendonitis and the nerve pains. I do not weightlift anymore and I have greatly reduced my piano playing time per day. I am going to physical therapy now, I do ice massages, ice dips, contrast baths, stretches but I am out of ideas! I would appreciate any help!



Joshua Answers:

Hello Caleb.

So, you used your body and experienced some of the potential downsides.

Then you had surgery, and now things are worse.

Is that about right?

If I understand what you're saying correctly, you had Carpal Tunnel Symptoms, got surgery on both wrists, and now have a variety of Tendonitis issues and symptoms.

Which means that you had muscle and connective tissue tightening/constriction along with a Pain Causing Dynamic.

The surgery further insulted the nervous system that was trying to protect you, and it responded by tightening things up even more.

You already had a tendonitis dynamic, you just weren't feeling it until the surgery moved things farther down the spectrum.

And now you're doing a bunch of stuff that doesn't seem to be helping.

Here's what I suggest. Get the Reversing Wrist Tendonitis ebook. I think it will fine tune a lot of what you are doing. And then we will have a common...base (? Can't think of the right word there) to work from.

And there's other (potentially) necessary information in there, other pieces of the puzzle of getting out of pain.

This is going to take some time and effort to REVERSE. And 'reverse' is the key word here. There was a progression up to this point, and you have to reverse that progression and make your structure healthy again.

The physical trauma surgery caused will complicate and slow things down some, but shouldn't be a huge issue.

Some tools work better than others. Some ways of using the tools are more effective than others.

Please reply using the comment link below. Do not submit a new submission to answer/reply, it's too hard for me to find where it's supposed to go.
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Feb 28, 2010
PART 2 - Carpal Tunnel Return and Other Things
by: Anonymous

Hey Joshua.

Yes you are correct, things are much worse now.

Before the surgery I just had carpal tunnel symptoms and pains but now it is a variety of things. The location of my tendonitis is where most guitarist get it. It is on the radius side of my wrist right below the thumb muscle. It is relatively swollen as well.

Even since messaging you a few days ago my carpal tunnel symptoms are worse. So should I get both the reversing tendonitis and carpal tunnel video?

How effective are these treatments. I have tried everything and I am about to just give up playing piano forever because it hurts so much!

Is there anywhere I can find testimonials about your treatments? Not that I don't trust they work, I just like reading them. It is encouraging!




Joshua Comments:

Hi Caleb.

1. I think you should just get Reversing Guitar Tendonitis ebook. No need to get both.

I suspect that you have a Tendonitis dynamic that caused carpal tunnel symtoms.

Ultimately, it's all about tightness and constriction, and it likes surgery made it worse for you.

2. Unfortunately, I've done very little in the way of (getting) testimonials. There are a lot of good things said by people across my site, but I haven't pulled it all onto one spot. That's on my list of jobs 'to do'.

3. How effective? Well, good news/bad news, that all depends. If you actually DO what I suggest, you can't help but get benefit. (Having said that, every person and their pain are a little different.)

Some people do a little, and get little to no benefit. Some people do the work, and get the benefit. Some people do the work, and don't get the benefit, in which case they should contact me and we'll investigate what's going on.

Then it's a question of how much benefit. Which ultimately comes down to how motivated are you to put in the effort to do the self care.

Which is kind of a complicated answer, but, well, as simple as Tendonitis is, it can get complicated.

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