carpal tunnel syndrome: surgery? other options?
during the last years I had aching joints (esp. left hand), numb fingers and other symptomes from time to time during my fiddling or sometimes after an extreme fiddling night/weekend. short breaks with some tension release exercises gave relief.
since I built my solid log house over the last seven month the problem in november and december was almost permanent (numb and needle-pin-pain aching hand) … so I decided to see my local doc who sent me to neurological examinations, which had as result a strong carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) with median nerve signal delays of about 6.9 msec. they told me, a delay is normal because palm joint is a natural bottleneck, but shoul not exceed 4.0 msec. surgery recommended within next three month. otherwise the nerve (which gives "feeling" to the fingertips) might weaken/die with no chance of recovering…. frightening news to a fiddle addict.
who had the problem, too and did the neurological tests? what are common results? who did the CTS surgery yet? what results? any other options beside surgery?