Over the past few years, I have developed carpel tunnel syndrome. Both hands go numb at night, to the point where the numbness is actually painful and it wakes me up -- usually around 2a.m. I wear braces on my hands to keep my wrists straight, but this doesn't seem to do any good. So I am only getting around 4 hours sleep a night, and historically, I have always needed 7-8 hours. This makes me grouchy during the day, and my wife is mad at me. My 17 year old daughter has stopped talking to me. As I understand it, what is happening is the nerves running through my wrists to my hands are being pinched. I am 64 years old, but in pretty good shape (for an old fart) other than my ct situation.
My doc says I could have an operation to free up the pinched nerves in my wrists, but he also said sometimes the end result is worse than before the operation. He advised against and operation, and told me I should "live with it."
I bike 50-100 miles a week, usually in 25-30 mile increments. Some have told me my biking might be aggravating the situation. I ride with an adjustable stem positioned way up, so my wrists aren't cocked. But there doesn't seem to be any correlation. When I take 2-3 days away from biking, the numbness doesn't get any better. Then too, I did a century several months ago, and that night the numbness didn't evidence itself at all. Go figure!
Anybody had an operation for this situation? If so, how did it come out? I have insurance to cover the operation, so expense is not a problem. There is one benefit to having carpel tunnel. Yesterday (Thanksgiving) we had a bunch of my wife's boring relatives over for dinner. The evening started out bad when one of our cats got on the table and ate part of the turkey. Then he threw up all over my wife's beautifully decorated dining room table. Anybody need a cat? I was able to escape early in the evening to go to bed, due to my condition. Everyone was very sympathetic, and I was glad to go to bed at 9 p.m. But then, the pain came on at 2 a.m., and I had to get up. I noticed that all the guests had consumed 6 bottles of wine, so now I'm tap city for the weekend! As soon as I get up, I put our three crazy cats outside. Then I get on to the Bike Forum, and this passes the time quickly until the paper hits the front door at 6 a.m. Crazy life style!