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Andrew

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Johan,

As the rigours of touring and constant playing continue, how has your carpal tunnel situation behaved? Did you ever actually have surgery (a quick spin through the posts didn't seem to reveal an answer)?

I ask with a bit of background in the subject - my wife is an orthopaedic hand surgeon and operates on these things all the time (and - even more to her credit - counts "Don't Cry" and "Hold Me Now" as two of her favorite songs).

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Andrew



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Thankyou,Andrew,for the concern.Yes,I did have surgery on the right wrist,around December 2006--I was operated on by Nick Goddard,a specialist  in ortho,who successfully operated on my ganglion in 1990,and has treated countless musos with Carpal Tunnel S--including CP,Dave K,Keith Emmo.
It didn't make much difference,but halted the advance of the atrophy.I have to see Nick again soon,but last years' surgical capers overshadowed the Carpals somewhat.It is really uncomfortably numb,and is quite unruly and painful.I still have to tape a pick to my thumb to play,which is clumsy and restricting to the max,but there is no alternative. I'm wearing a magnetic wristband kindly sent by someone from this GB,in the hope that it will do some good.
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Thankyou,Andrew,for the concern.Yes,I did have surgery on the right wrist,around December 2006--I was operated on by Nick Goddard,a specialist  in ortho,who successfully operated on my ganglion in 1990,and has treated countless musos with Carpal Tunnel S--including CP,Dave K,Keith Emmo.
It didn't make much difference,but halted the advance of the atrophy.I have to see Nick again soon,but last years' surgical capers overshadowed the Carpals somewhat.It is really uncomfortably numb,and is quite unruly and painful.I still have to tape a pick to my thumb to play,which is clumsy and restricting to the max,but there is no alternative. I'm wearing a magnetic wristband kindly sent by someone from this GB,in the hope that it will do some good.


Funny Johan, I noticed the magnetic bracelet during the show in Chicago.  At the time, I wasn't sure if it was a fashion statement or whether you just liked golf. 

My father-in-law bought me one a few years ago as a gift as he swears by the Q-Ray magnetic technology helps reduce joint pain, etc. 



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I was just wondering if something like this would help, or hinder your playing, Johan. Is this an option to taping the pick?

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/National-Picks-Plastic-Thumbpick-1-Dozen?sku=115001
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Indeed, we do wish you the best Johan and hopefully that wristband will do good for you.

Kudos to Andrew for his thread title!  I missed it earlier today...  then I looked at it closer just now and finally noticed it.  Carpal Diem...  funny!


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I hope that carpal can be taken care of.  Chronic pain can wear a person down.

I must say John, your playing is still fantastic with or without the carpal issue.

I was amazed to see close up, that duct tape device.  I don't know how you do it with out feeling.

I also don't know how that pick stays on with you hard playing style.
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