Hey all - I'm not sure if this is the proper forum to post this to, but it seems to me to apply to playing bass, so here goes. Big Wheel, if it's mis-posted, please feel free to move it to the proper forum. Warning, this may be a long post...... I have been having a bit of trouble over the past few weeks, my right hand has been "falling asleep" (going numb) at times. It's particularly bad when I'm sleeping, noticeable enough to actually wake me up. I wasn't having any trouble playing, at least at first, so I didn't really concern myself with it. Thought it was just typical sleeping on my arm wrong kinda stuff. Well, then it started happening when I was at work, I am (well, was, as you shall see...) a window tinter, primarily doing windows in homes and businesses. This bothered me a bit, but as it wasn't happening during playing times, again I let it slide. I just started to work as a window tinter again recently after a few years off, I'd been lucky enough to make enough playing and teaching over the past few years that I didn't need to do anything else. Sadly, I ran into a bit of a dry spell gig-wise and had to get a day gig. I thought that maybe the numbness was my hands being out of shape for the work I was doing, and pressed on. Then it started to happen, in a mild fashion, when I was playing or practicing. This began to get my attention, as you might well imagine. I decided to give things a week and see what happened, and things didn't change for that week. The next week, I took a trip do Florida to do some things to help out my grandmother. I brought along my basses, and practiced quite a bit during that time (apprx. 4-5 hrs a day). The numbness went away during that time. So, I gave it very little thought. I was even not having the night time/sleeping incidents. After returning home and back to work again for a couple days, the sleep/night time numbness returned. And then progressed into the work time numbness quickly. And then into the playing time. Not cool, nope, not at all. I went to the doctor this morning, and have been given a primary diagnosis of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome . I will be taking a test of some sort tomorrow at a neurologist's office that will either confirm or deny that diagnosis. During the consultation with the doctor, it became apparant that window tinting, and specifically squeeging the tint onto the window was causing the problem. The thing is that when you do that, you bend your wrist backwards then press the squeege HARD against the glass/tint in order to push out the soapy water that's used to install it . This is done THOUSANDS of times in the course of a day of work. I counted the number of "squeege strokes" on a 4' X 3' window today, it was 103...I did 12 windows on that one two hour job alone. Happily, the doctor and I also discussed my bass playing, and after my demonstration of my arm/hand positions, he said that while it may have been a contributing factor, it wasn't the cause. The same for typing (don't worry about the length of the post ). So he gave me the green light to keep practicing and gigging. On the other hand, he said to "quit window tinting YESTERDAY!". I went to work, and immedately gave notice that today was pretty much my last day. I also bought a wrist brace this weekend, and started wearing it when I wasn't playing (I did try to play with it, but wasn't really able to). It made a pretty significant difference right away, particularly when sleeping. The doctor said that was a good move, and to continue to wear the brace as much as possible for the time being. I'm on cortisone for a week, then naproxin sodium for the swelling in my median nerve (that's the one that pretty much is everything for feeling your hand). I start physical therapy Friday, although I don't have a clue just yet what that will entail. The point of my post is to let everyone know to pay very close attention to what you're doing away from your instrument. It could have a devastating effect. Don't ignore even the most seemingly superficial symptoms, get to a doctor right away, it's better to be safe than sorry, particularly when it could threaten your ability to play your bass. I'll keep any interested parties updated with how things are progressing, but as of this time it looks promising, so I'm keeping a pretty positive attitude.