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1/16/2019 7:54 AM
Edited Date/Time: 1/16/2019 4:56 PM

Bilateral Carpal Tunnel surgery
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How ya like those bags of frozen peas.

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1/16/2019 8:10 AM

Lovely. Heal up soon!!

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1/16/2019 8:56 AM

Wow, they used very little bandaging, I had much more when i left the hospital and until the first visit. Pretty gutsy doing both together, did your wife agree to wipe your ass or did you install a bidet and air dryer??

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1/16/2019 9:40 AM

Immediately after the procedure, she handed me a cup of coffee and on the way home from surgery I got an orange juice, sausage McMuffin and a hash brown. Even fed myself. The doc gave me a local in each wrist, then I got two ml of Versed. Still had use of all fingers and hand. Just a little stiff and sore right now.
Ill be fine in the crapper.

But now, I’ll get to break out the RM after a year and a half.cool

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1/16/2019 2:48 PM

Keep us posted. Its the second day when all the meds wear off that wiping will get fun.

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1/16/2019 3:40 PM

I’m not taking any meds, just Tylenol and Alieve.
Our family is no stranger to pain.

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1/16/2019 5:51 PM

Nice man you’ll be so much happier. I had the same operation back in 2011 when I was 19

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1/17/2019 5:40 AM

kaptkaos wrote:

Keep us posted. Its the second day when all the meds wear off that wiping will get fun.

Update, numbing agent wore off last night, yowsa, back to ice, Tylenol and Alieve this am, then went to the Oval Office for a little work. First draft of the paperwork was challenging, but successful. tongue
Still not going for the prescription meds, f’it, I’ll just tough it out, ice helps a ton. For those considering this, day two feels like a couple 16D sinker nails were shioved down into my wrists from the palm of the hands. Doc did say mine were as bad as any he has seen. It it gets me back to riding for more than one lap at a time, then this will all be worth it.

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1/17/2019 6:05 AM

You will be happy in a few weeks. You will be able to ride until you get real arm pump, however long that is!

You will be able to sleep all night without numbness and also take long drives in car without numbness.

Before surgery riding an MTB for over an hour was extremely painful, after it was easy.

Hang in there. When you can do push ups with pushup bars and row on a rower you are ready to ride. You have a few more tough days right in front and then its all downhill.

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2013 CRF450R Factory Connection revalve, All stock.

1/17/2019 6:51 AM
Edited Date/Time: 1/17/2019 6:51 AM

What were the symptoms you were having that made you want surgery? I know very little about carpal tunnel, but my hands go numb after riding 3 laps -__-

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1/17/2019 7:17 AM

Markopolo400 wrote:

What were the symptoms you were having that made you want surgery? I know very little about carpal tunnel, but my hands go ...more

Probably different for some, but I started getting numb fingers just holding a coffee mug, then it moved to numb fingers gripping the steering wheel. That last year I’d get numbness in bed and my wrists felt very achy. I thought when I rode is was lack of time on the bike causing severe arm pump, but one lap around the track shouldn’t cause that.
If you have it it will affect your thumbs and first three fingers. Your pinky finger nerve does not go through the carpal tunnel.

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1/17/2019 7:41 AM
Edited Date/Time: 1/17/2019 7:42 AM

Doc says I've got severe carpal tunnel in both hands. I'm 33. It has haunted and tainted my riding the past 8 years or so. My time is coming soon, but I'll likely only do 1 at a time so I can keep working. Please keep the updates coming.

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1/17/2019 9:33 AM

Meister wrote:

Doc says I've got severe carpal tunnel in both hands. I'm 33. It has haunted and tainted my riding the past 8 years or so. My ...more

The research I’ve done says that the longer you put it off having the surgery, the less effective the results will be. Just an FYI, might want to look into that.

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1/17/2019 9:35 AM
Edited Date/Time: 1/17/2019 9:39 AM

Need to have it done sooooo bad. After half a lap I'm a danger to myself.

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1/17/2019 9:45 AM

Meister wrote:

Doc says I've got severe carpal tunnel in both hands. I'm 33. It has haunted and tainted my riding the past 8 years or so. My ...more

Meister this procedure is routine anymore. Slice snip sew. Takes longer to administer anesthesia, set up the room and recover you than it is to do the surgery.....I’d get her done if I was you buddy

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1/18/2019 6:25 AM
Edited Date/Time: 1/18/2019 8:02 AM

Update day #3. Was actually able to sleep pretty good last night. Moving around in bed didn’t wake me up and numerous sleeping positions were possible. Best thing I’ve noticed, both nights after the surgery I’ve not had even one instance of tingling fingers, even with the swelling. This alone has me pretty stoked. Tylenol and Alieve is doing a fine job on maintaining the pain, but probably the biggest deterrent to the pain is keeping the hand movements inside the sweet spot preventing sharp pain from even happening. Door knobs are still a challenge and I’m sure shoe laces and zippers and fly buttons on blue jeans are out of the question. The term “Shit Yea!” Keeps popping into my head about having this done.
Edit: nope, zipping and buttoning blue jeans absolutely doable.

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1/18/2019 2:00 PM

Thought I give you guys a shot of how small the incisions were for this procedure. It’s amazing what they can do anymore.
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1/18/2019 7:36 PM

My battle has been finding the time to have down time. I work construction. Also, in the summer I wanna moto, but I'm also super busy at work.. winter time, I wanna ride snowmobiles, plus work.. November, I'm hunting.. that's why I've put it off so long.. definitely hampered my last effort to Loretta's..

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1/18/2019 7:41 PM

Work out....

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1/19/2019 2:07 AM

Meister wrote:

My battle has been finding the time to have down time. I work construction. Also, in the summer I wanna moto, but I'm also ...more

I own my construction company, I guess luckily for me, January and February are my slow times so this is why I finally had it done. I’m currently just two guys right now, so work in the field during the week and evenings and weekends for all my paperwork and estimating. My primary field is water and wastewater plant construction/repair/retrofit. This time off is actually good for me right now as I can now go to surrounding towns and introduce myself to find out if there are any repairs/upgrades needed. The last couple years I’ve only had 1 or 2 days available to even ride. Looks like I need to hire someone on to ease my workload.

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1/19/2019 2:45 AM

downard254 wrote:

Bilateral Carpal Tunnel surgery
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How ya like those bags of frozen peas.

I have been fu@ked by the fickle finger of fate, got myself both Carpal Tunnel and Dupuytren's contracture.

Dupuytren's (du-pwe-TRANZ) contracture is a hand deformity that usually develops over years. The condition affects a layer of tissue that lies under the skin of your palm. Knots of tissue form under the skin — eventually creating a thick cord that can pull one or more fingers into a bent position.

I have been advised by two specialist to hang back with the procedure (for the Dupuytrens) as long as possible. If i got it sorted now I'd be worse off in 10 years time.

Heal up and please keep us updated on your recovery etc.

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1/19/2019 3:56 AM
Edited Date/Time: 1/19/2019 4:22 AM

Boomslang wrote:

I have been fu@ked by the fickle finger of fate, got myself both Carpal Tunnel and Dupuytren's contracture.

Dupuytren's ...more

Have you considered going to a chiropractor for your carpal tunnel. They do treat it, although I’m not sure of the effectiveness of their treatments. I’ve been going to chiropractors on and off since I was 18 and ruled out that option simply for the fact that I didn’t want to do continuous treatments for months on end. Just a thought.

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1/19/2019 4:06 AM

downard254 wrote:

Have you considered going to a chiropractor for your carpal tunnel. They do treat it, although I’m not sure of the ...more

Thanks for that, there is a Chiropractor down road and I'll definitely check in with him next week. My real problem is the Dupuytrens and will be doing further due - diligence before making a call on the way forward. The ideal will be to have the hole lot done at the same time as my hands bring home the bacon.

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1/19/2019 4:48 AM

Boomslang wrote:

I have been fu@ked by the fickle finger of fate, got myself both Carpal Tunnel and Dupuytren's contracture.

Dupuytren's ...more

downard254 wrote:

Have you considered going to a chiropractor for your carpal tunnel. They do treat it, although I’m not sure of the ...more

Boomslang wrote:

Thanks for that, there is a Chiropractor down road and I'll definitely check in with him next week. My real problem is the ...more

The chiropractor I used to go to had a machine that he would strap your forearm and hand to then it would stretch the area. I’m assuming that it stretches the tissues around the carpal tunnel relaxing the pressure on the nerve. Might be a way to get some carpal tunnel relief while buying time before the need for surgery on the other condition.
Keep checking with different chiropractors until you find one that has a good setup and rep for it.

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1/19/2019 5:03 AM

My chiro is awesome. He helped me a ton while I was putting effort into riding. He'd do some crazy stretching in my upper body which definitely helped. Also, NO salt, aside from Celtic sea salt.

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