Many people first go to Google for the purpose of self-diagnosis and treatment, and usually get freaked out and/or misleading information. The reason for this is that the vast majority of people with mild, self-limiting problems don't bother to post their experiences online because they no longer need help. There's a similar phenomenon in the medical literature, in which scientists are reluctant to publish "negative" results that show no effect of a given experimental observation. Therefore I am posting my recent experience with carpal tunnel syndrome, that resolved with conservative management (no injections, no surgery, nothing "drastic"). Most of what I did was common sense, and some was great advice from my 2 very experienced and successful teachers. My symptoms were quite classic: pain and tingling in the thumb, index, and middle fingers of my fretting hand. One of the tests for CTS involving tapping on the forearm (quite forcefully), elicited the symptoms. Here's what I did to get rid of CTS. Note that this is in no way a "prescription" for anyone, it's just what I did. Please do not take this as evidence-based medicine. Please consult your physician before doing any of this. I stopped playing for 2-3 days. Really resist the urge to "see" if your symptoms have resolved. Just give it a rest I wore a wrist brace to bed. I got one from my local pharmacy for about $20. Worth every penny. This prevents you from inadvertently aggravating the CTS while you're asleep. I took ibuprofen max dose for several days. PLEASE consult your physician before doing this. I'm an MD so I felt comfortable knowing my limits, but I am in no way advocating this as a general rule. Please do not do this unless your physician gives you the OK. Wrist exercises: I started with 5 lb, then used a small 8 lb weight and did wrist flexion/extension reps in both hands (for balance). VERY helpful. Stretches: I did these - http://www.eatonhand.com/hw/ctexercise.htm . VERY helpful. Playing with a lighter touch: this is actually one of the benefits I've gleaned from this CTS experience. I'm now actually playing with more agility, speed, and rhythmic accuracy. Positioning: I'm wearing my bass a bit higher and positioned more to my right, so that my left (fretting) hand has less of a reach to the lower register, and my left wrist is straighter. Fingering: I adapted what I learned from playing upright bass, i.e. using 1-2-4 fingering in the lower register, and one finger per fret in the upper register. COMPUTER... this is a bad offender. My work involves much time at the computer, and I was resting both of my forearms on the edge of my desk. I am now careful to reduce/eliminate pressure on my forearms and to maintain as little bend in my wrists as possible. I purchased Randall Kertz's book, but my symptoms were almost completely resolved when it arrived. However I'm just starting to read it to learn how to prevent this from happening again. I was quite depressed when the CTS first came on. However, I want this post to be an encouragement specifically to all you other middle-aged++ players who experience CTS. It doesn't need to be the death of your playing.