CTS has forced me to stop playing for awhile...

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by joebar, Apr 1, 2014.

  1. joebar


    Jan 10, 2010
    in the past I have given reports on my previous carpal tunnel surgeries on both of my hands last year. I have been suffering with the symptoms of CTS for about 3 or 4 years. i got both hands operated on and a year later, I sense all of the symptoms coming back. I finally had to stop working last week and rest. i told my employer I cannot continue in my line of work.
    I am a tradesman and only 43 years old; along with the CTS, I have bad tendonitis in both my arms which may or may not be related to the CTS. the synergy of the two issues pretty much dominates my psyche.
    I had no choice but to quit my band last week as well due to the struggle of getting thru a practice.

    I see my doctor on Wednesday and I will see what he suggests-I am going to recommend worksafe reopening my case. they considered my operations a success and sent me back to work after 10 weeks but I have never fully healed from them and still am not 100% with my strength or abilities.

    it took a lot for me to get to this point of stopping work; I am not a quitter and stubborn somewhat. my quality of life just isn't there and I decided to put ME first for a change. not sure what comes next but I do know that physical labor is out for good.

    I am tired of my life consisting of massaging my arms/ hands, acupuncture, pills that don't work, ice, and generally unable to do much of anything.

    anyways, I am preparing for the worst case scenario and need to get my ducks in a row financially in case I am out of the work force for awhile. a change in direction career-wise will probably bring less income; at least for awhile which is reality.

    I guess when you get older, you start to reflect on things you have done. what a helpless feeling it is to be unable to do activities that you once could do at a whim without a second thought.

    just thought I would throw this out there -I am sure I am not the only one here that has these issues.

    my advice to bassists would be this: be aware of your hands and do not ignore pain/ discomfort because it could be a serious thing. my denial and stubbornness cause significant damage in my hands which may not reverse.

    I put my basses away in their cases-it took awhile to come to terms with the fact that I cant play them at least right now.

    the things we all take for granted...
  2. CrashClint

    CrashClint I Play Bass therefore I Am Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2005
    Wake Forest, NC
    DR Strings Dealer
    Really sorry to hear about your situation. Hopefully the doctor can come up with a recovery plan that will have you painless again. I was 46 when I was hit on my motorcycle, broke my femur, foot and dislocated my shoulder and wrist, took 3 surgeries on my leg and a good year to heal. I have a 40% disability in my leg. I was lucky in most of my job was Internet based so I was able to work, just a little awkward with my left wrist in a partial cast.

    I honestly hope your case will be reopened and you will get the treatment needed to get you back pain free and able to work and play again.
  3. joebar


    Jan 10, 2010
    I am seeing my doctor tomorrow about this matter.
    I am starting to think that maybe-just maybe-that the carpal tunnel itself might be the cause for all the pain and discomfort in my hands. to this day, I can feel the weakness in my wrists as if they haven't healed up yet.
    it is my understanding that the carpal tunnel is also a major stabilizer in hand strength.
  4. Oren Hudson

    Oren Hudson

    Dec 25, 2007
    Gastonia, NC
    I wasn't clear on whether you had the CTS surgery or not. If not, I'd be thinking about it very soon. I had CT in both hands and put the surgery off until I couldn't stand the pain anymore. Total cure with the surgery. That's been over 15 years ago. No problems. If you go with the surgery, make sure that you get a neurosurgeon and not an orthopedic. Major difference for this.

    I was down for a month or so bass wise. If you need more from my experiences, I'll be glad to share. Good luck. :)
  5. jstar


    Mar 26, 2014
    Seattle, WA
    I'm really sorry to hear this. I also have real bad problems with my joints and wrists, knees -- everything really. Some days it hurts so badly I can't move my thumb at all. I am also 43 and work as a tradesman quite a bit so I know how hard it is. I find it really embarrassing sometimes when I grab a tool and drop it instantly because it feels like someone stuck a knife up my ulna. Mostly it feels upsetting when I can't play guitar or bass. Anyway I wish you the best, and I'll be seeking some help from my doctors this year, because I finally have insurance through the ACA.