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09-02-2010 04:58 PM

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Saw my Doc today it is carpal tunnel syndrome but he will take tests and x rays and told me to just work a couple hours in the morning and a couple in the afternoon and I may be ok, my problem is if I start a project I work at it from early morning to late at night.

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#1 posted 09-02-2010 11:57 PM

I will get new braces like Dick said Barb was wearing.

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#2 posted 09-03-2010 12:26 AM

Sorry to hear that. I have a mild case of carpal tunnel. It’s not a problem yet, but I worry about it getting worse.

Is surgery an option for you?

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 09-03-2010 12:31 AM

don’t give up yet. My mother had it done and she is fine

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#4 posted 09-03-2010 12:36 AM

my problem is if I start a project I work at it from early morning to late at night

Ohhhhhh, boy. Do I understand that one.

Because my eyes can’t hold up to long sessions (45 – 90 minutes is about all I can ever do), I’ve taken to setting a timer to remind me when it’s time—usually to stop for the day, but—if I’m lucky—to break for a few hours.

For me, some woodworking is still far, far better than none.

Believe me, though, when I have the machines all set up, and am making good progress, I deeply resent my little alarm telling me to stop.

But—in the end—not as much as I resent the consequence, if I don’t stop.

I wish you the best of luck, with this, and with your health.

-- -- Neil

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#5 posted 09-03-2010 02:44 AM

I had both of my hands surgically repaired for carpal tunnel. I had the first surgery on Wednesday, was in the shop working full tilt on Friday. Then I had the second surgery 10 days later, and that one was on a Monday, and Wednesday afternoon I was back in the shop. It’s an amazingly short, easy procedure, and it has improved my quality of life 100%.

-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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#6 posted 09-03-2010 09:22 AM

Glad to hear you went and got it checked out. By all accounts (here on Lj’s) it sounds as though the Syndrome can be aleviated by surgery or by taking things a bit easier.
A BIT EASIER!!!!! Not go at it all day and night, no wonder you have what you have! :-)

I am pretty sure it would be good for all involved if you could keep wood working, but learn to do it moderately!!!! I know this is hard but it can be done.
My husband has a severe back problem and he had to learn to do things differently over the years. But he still wanted to get things done. He did this by alternating his tasks. Dont focus too long using the same tool or same movement. You might want to try having a few projects on the go at once to have something different to go to. Take a break occaisionally.

Good luck with it all but above all be kind to yourself!

-- Theresa,

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#7 posted 09-03-2010 01:34 PM

Good luck GMman, whatever you decide. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 09-03-2010 01:47 PM

I’m sorry about that, GMman, but I wouln’t just give it up, or at least I would give it a while before you make a decision. Sometimes these things have a way of fixing themselves. I had a ruptured disc about 30 years ago and it took me 6 months to recover, but the problem is my back still acts up and can get out of whack if I don’t watch it and I also have a couple of bad knees that I have to watch. Take off for a week maybe and try to get over being driven so hard to where you have to work such long hours on your projects and if you do have to then take plenty of breaks. Anyways, I hope that you can figure something out besides quitting the hobby that you love. Maybe you could have surgery. God Bless

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 09-03-2010 02:01 PM

Years ago I was diagnosed with moderatly severe carpel tunnel (what ever that means). They wanted to do surgury and after seeng a bunch of people who had the surgury and were worse, I decided against it. What I did do was a routine of twice daily chamomille hot compresses. Boil water, pour over a couple of handfuls of the herb until well damped, wrap in a cloth and apply to wrists. The results took a while but it worked. Of course, stopping the factory work that caused it in the first place helped it too. Plenty of rest for the injury.

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#10 posted 09-03-2010 02:23 PM

You might want to ask your doc about Dupuytren’s contracture, especially if you are of northern European descent. Sometimes it’s incorrectly thought to be carpel tunnel.

I was diagnosised with arthritis and carpel tunnel, but my new wife (also a doc) said, “They’re full of s*#@, it’s Dupuytren’s.” She was right.

Just a thought before you let anyone with a knife within 5 feet of your hand.

-- John from Hampstead

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#11 posted 09-03-2010 02:44 PM

You’re all fine people thanks alot for your comments.
I will try it slowly and wait for my tests and x rays and see if all works ok again thank you so much.
I am having my tests sep. 21 and will have the result on Oc.t 22.

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#12 posted 09-03-2010 02:56 PM

Take it slow and easy GMman. Woodworking is enjoyment for us all. We need to do it at a pace our bodies or hands will allow.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#13 posted 09-03-2010 03:04 PM

I have carp. as well, and I would never let it decide for me. Exercising my hands and forearms has helped, soaking my hands and wrist area in Epsom salt helped. Taking breaks and maybe trying to use a machine in place of a hand tool could help. I know I can’t swing a hammer for very long before I start having problems so I switched up and bought an air nailer. No it is not the best model out on the market, but I don’t do that kind of work for a living anymore either. About the only thing I won’t do is bowl. I know the consequences as in the pain I will be in the next day, and well I don’t like to go bowling all that much anyway so I stay away. All I’m trying to say is if you love what you do especially if it is a hobby, don’t give it up. If it is your primary source of income, well there might be different avenues to take. I’m not out looking for work but I am an engineer in real life, and it is my job/passion to figure things out, so if you need any help with ideas or plans drop me a line before you “give up the ship”.

-- Paul "Riz" Erie, PA "Share your wisdom, it is the way to achieve immortality"

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#14 posted 09-03-2010 03:51 PM

Those cordless hand drills are so heavy with the batteries so I am going to use my corded ones they are a lot lighter, also some clamps are very hard to turn I will have to get some different ones.

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#15 posted 09-03-2010 03:54 PM

I’m with John. I went to a neurologist who did some tests and told me within the hour that I had carpal tunnel.
You don’t say where you are from but that sounds like a managed care situation. A month? Sheesh.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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