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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome ( CTS ) Info

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Fergie Fulton, Oct 6, 2012.


  1. edervjo

    edervjo

    Nov 19, 2009
    Santa Rosa, Ca.
    Thanks, I wouldn't wish either on anyone, that's for sure!
    I wanted to put it out there as PTS does get misdiagnosed as CTS, but with vaguer symptoms, as in my case.
    And it does stem from the neck and shoulder, where many bass players have issues.

    If you think of CTS as swelling and constriction of the tendon sheath, think of PTS as the same , but the nerve sheath. I have had minor tendonitis before, and this is similar, but times ten!. I have come to describe the pain as "exquisite". A tingling burn, with fine sharp overtones of electricity, on an underlying base of numbness.

    But everyday seems better, if only on a quantum level, and I am ahead of schedule as far as the norm, so thanks again for the good vibes!! Best of luck and speedy recovery to you all!
     
  2. madbass6

    madbass6 Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2009
    I do not give consent to use any of my photos ! please respect that. thank you.
    just take a break and see a hand specialist before it gets worse!
     
  3. edervjo

    edervjo

    Nov 19, 2009
    Santa Rosa, Ca.
    Parsonage-Turner Brachial Neuritis update 3/10/17

    Hey there kids! Things have definitely improved since my first post, Yay!
    The numbness and tingling have diminished, now only my RH thumb is paralyzed. I have been playing, and as I said in my initial post, it is has been the best therapy. I have been wrapping the thumb in this self-adhesive gauze to minimize the sting of putting pressure on it, and that has allowed me to play around 80% of my original ability. I also received my Torzal (Thanks Jerome you are the BEST!) and the amazing ergo and light weight of that thing has helped as well.
    I am almost able to play without the wrap, but still the thumb and palm still have numbness, and can get painful after some time, but I can play!! I am looking forward to playing with a live band again in the next weeks, first time in 5 months!!
    Thanks for all the good vibes!!
     
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  4. Raulplaysbass

    Raulplaysbass

    Jun 3, 2017
    Azusa, Ca
    Hello all,
    I just wanted to thank everyone for posting in this thread. I've been a bassist for 35 years or so and about a year ago gigging increased significantly. I know I've had CTS of some sort and moderately stretched when I felt discomfort over the years. But I started experiencing extreme fatigue and pain, and would hope that certain songs wouldn't be called out in case I cramped up usually during the 3rd set.

    I've read most of this thread and have implemented some of the stretching techniques before and after each gig religiously about a month ago. I start from my shoulders and chest and then work my way down to each finger tip. I spend about 20-30 minutes before I leave to the gig and again when I arrive at home. Sometimes I will need to put them in an ice bucket the next day if they are really tired. I feel stronger and more confident now and without pain. I'm 50 and planning on playing a few more decades so information like this is vital to our craft.

    Great advice and many many thanks to all,
    Happy Hands!
     
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