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Today I had to have carpal tunnel relief surgery. They cut my right transverse carpal ligament. This ligament kind of holds together the carpal bones in your hands and, as you age, the carpal tunnel narrows and and puts pressure on the median nerve which causes associated muscles to atrophy. I already have had substantial atrophy of the thenar muscles in both hands and couldn't rack anything but my P3AT 380 which I could do with difficulty. I still have one revolver but it's a Taurus 605SH2 .357 mag. It's a titanium gun and only weighs 16 ounces so I may have trouble shooting it with .357's. Anyway, I'm taking a trip to Tahoe in about a month so I'll try it with 38's and 38 +P's. and see if I can hang on to it without bleeding. Anyway, wish me luck.
 

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Giving up shooting is a bit harsh. Ok so big bores and heavy magnums will not be in your future but don’t forget how great .22’s can be. I probably shoot more .22 than anything else. I just like the cartridge and I can shoot in my yard if I use CB caps. Never give up. Never surrender. Adapt and over come.
 

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Public gun range in Carson City will be close to Tahoe. That said, you might want to take up shooting clay targets
 

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How about grip exercises to build up your muscles? Since i started exercising it's helped my shooting greatly. I started building up my delts too. I was sore after my trap shooting. Sunday ill be back at it.
 
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I have no idea what that surgery feels like and I don't pretend exercise works for everything but I do a lot of forearm and (like Coal) grip, hammer curls and shoulder exercises, I know we're not all made/built the same but it really works for me too, I even shot my 460 with one hand the other day ( had to try it lol) and it didn't feel any worse than a two handed shot, I just had to grip it as if I was hanging from a bridge with one hand lol
 

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Carpal Tunnel is painful; I had that done years ago after years of working with computers; all is fine and was after a short time frame.
 

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Giving up shooting is a bit harsh. Ok so big bores and heavy magnums will not be in your future but don’t forget how great .22’s can be. I probably shoot more .22 than anything else. I just like the cartridge and I can shoot in my yard if I use CB caps. Never give up. Never surrender. Adapt and over come.
Great point. I have a .22 that I really like. It's a Walther but I haven't been shooting it for sometime. Maybe it's because my wife outshoots me with .22's but I was always better with the heavy recoiling stuff. :wink5: Oh well, it's probably time for it to happen. She's actually very very good! Coal talked about me exercising but the muscle atrophy is caused by the damage to the median nerve that activate several hand muscles. When my surgeon opened up my carpal tunnel he said the median nerve was seriously "squished". It may recover some but only time will tell. BTW: I really appreciate all you guys on NGF and the support that you give me.
 

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I have no idea what your injury is like or what you will be like after they fix you up. You'll just have to figure out what you want to do then what you can do and how to do it.

I'm not making a comparison but I was cutting a tie wrap a couple days ago and slit my hand in the process. I have 7 stitches along the base of my thumb. I can't shoot for the next week or two but after a couple of weeks should be back to normal.

Not trying to derail the the thread but complacency will get you or at lease it did me. I don't quite remember what I did but I'm usually very careful and exaggerate certain movements like knife follow through in a safe direction (away). I can't remember when I last cut myself accidentally with a blade but I'm fairly sure I did at one time or another but it's been years. I was at the Doctor office today checking on the stichwork and while waiting I cut the bandage off with the same knife I slit myself with just to prove to myself I could do it. Good medicine using the same snake that bit me. I got back on that horse so lets see how long I can stay on. I fear my creeping age may make it happen again before I can forget this incident.


The moral of the story is for those that have been doing things for years and never had anything bad happen. A momentary lapse is all it takes. Never say it will never happen to me.
 

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"The moral of the story is for those that have been doing things for years and never had anything bad happen. A momentary lapse is all it takes. Never say it will never happen to me."

A statement and advice that is particularly applicable to "driving habits", all throughout your life!

As for altering your shooting, get a .22 revolver or semi-auto pistol. Ruger has their new single action coming to stores.
 

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The muscle atrophy caused by enervation of the medial nerve has wrecked my grip strength so I can't rack most semiautos but I can rack the Walther .22. :smile5:
 

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Not trying to be rude to anyone who has had surgery already.
I had heard of several treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome. They all involve pulling on the hand. Thus stretching that carpal tunnel. An example.... Ringing a rolled up towel. The hand that is being pulled on is the treatment hand. Then switch to treat the other. People's experience with these have been expressed as a miracle. Really isn't. Just common horse sense physical therapy.
 

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Here's hoping you recover well or find a good workaround.
 

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My Brother in-law is a Orthopedic surgeon and he needed his carpo tunnels done. His hands are his livelyhood. He went to a surgeon in New York who developed the procedure of not slicing the palms open so that his recovery would only be about two weeks instead of six weeks. They go in through the wrist with a tool and slide it up the tunnel then a little blade pops up and cuts the tunnel open to relieve the pressure. He’s done extremely well with it and has had absolutely no I’ll effects or problems.
 

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Mine was the same; getting prepped took longer than the actual surgery and you can't even see the tiny scar on my wrist. It was a real game changer. I only hope when I need to have my knee(s) replaced, the surgery has come a long ways toward that.
 

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My hand surgeon said that he gets better results from open surgery (about a one inch incision) than the arthroscopic approach but it does take longer to heal. We'll see how this works out. I need to get my left hand done too. Also, in an earlier post, I said that the .22 pistol that I kept was a Walther. It's not; but it is a Walther PPK clone made by Erma/Excam in Germany.
 

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I hope the surgery goes well and you get back in action in record time! Remember, we didn't get this old and worn out by being weak.

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The muscle atrophy caused by enervation of the medial nerve has wrecked my grip strength so I can't rack most semiautos but I can rack the Walther .22. :smile5:
I'm very sorry to hear about your hand problems. I am facing surgery for "Trigger finger" in my left hand - my finger won't bend past a "trigger finger" position. I don't think any probable case of it would be as bad as your outcome but it's a risk - how would I shoot if it goes bad. Almost having a problem that's almost as bad as yours is not exactly the same as understanding - but it does bring empathy.
 

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Not trying to be rude to anyone who has had surgery already.
I had heard of several treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome. They all involve pulling on the hand. Thus stretching that carpal tunnel. An example.... Ringing a rolled up towel. The hand that is being pulled on is the treatment hand. Then switch to treat the other. People's experience with these have been expressed as a miracle. Really isn't. Just common horse sense physical therapy.
I'm very sorry to hear about your hand problems. I am facing surgery for "Trigger finger" in my left hand - my finger won't bend past a "trigger finger" position. I don't think any probable case of it would be as bad as your outcome but it's a risk - how would I shoot if it goes bad. Almost having a problem that's almost as bad as yours is not exactly the same as understanding - but it does bring empathy.
It doesn't work for everybody but I had a problem with my finger bending towards my palm. When I tried to straighten it I experienced great pain. During the course of the day I could get it almost straight. When I slept it would curl over again. I taped a splint to my finger as I slept and it helped. This cycle continued for days. My doctor said something about calcification and trying to avoid steroid shots.

I just decided to try and massage my palm where the muscle or tendon for my finger is. It hurt real bad but felt better after. I kept this up for a few days and my finger curl disappeared. It returned to normal. Not trying to compare my condition to anyone else's or not trying to dispense medical advice. I am simply relating my experiences. Doctors don't know everything. Sometimes simple home remedies do work as it did for me. I used to have acid reflux and started drinking vinegar and it cleared up.
 
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