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tendonitus of hands, especially thumbs

Old 06-05-17, 01:50 PM
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tendonitus of hands, especially thumbs

I ride a Peloton bike 4-5 times per week... my hands are very sore in the mornings, and feel better with activity as day progresses. am i riding in a way that might cause this?
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Old 06-05-17, 02:10 PM
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Deathgrip?
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Old 06-05-17, 02:24 PM
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It's possible there's something about the way you're riding that's contributing. Maybe you've got too much weight in your hands, for example. A fitter might be able to take a look at you on your bike and suggest some adjustments.

There are things you can try on your own, too. Move your hands into different positions while riding. Changing hand positions periodically can help with fatigue and comfort issues. Different grips/shifters, or changing their position might help, too.

But it's all just conjecture without seeing.
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Old 06-05-17, 08:21 PM
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I ride a lot of miles and this year I've noticed more pain in my hands. I have a touch of arthritis. I get a full body massage a couple of times a month and at my last session I asked to have my hands worked on. It's been three weeks with no pain at all.
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Old 06-05-17, 08:31 PM
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Originally Posted by bikejrff View Post
I ride a lot of miles and this year I've noticed more pain in my hands. I have a touch of arthritis. I get a full body massage a couple of times a month and at my last session I asked to have my hands worked on. It's been three weeks with no pain at all.
I get one every 3 weeks, and as an IT worker I have her do the wrist and hands for obvious reasons.

Helps with the cycling strains as well.
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Old 06-05-17, 10:38 PM
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So apparently I can't post a URL unless I have 10 posts. There is a good article you, and several other readers might find helpful. Since I can't post the URL; Google

"cyclist's palsy, or ulnar neuropathy"

make sure to include the quotes. It will be the first article to come up.
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Old 06-05-17, 11:15 PM
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While the info on ulnar neuropathy is good to know and certainly worth glancing at, I've got a feeling it's not what dcassaro is dealing with. Irritation or neuropathy of the ulnar nerve would affect the pinky and the pinky side of the ring finger, along with the side of the hand away from the thumb. The thumb and other fingers are 'wired' to the median nerve, not the ulnar nerve. If the median nerve is irritated or impinged, we could be talking about carpal tunnel. Not Guyon's canal, or "cyclist's palsy".

...but we don't know from the little information we have if dcassaro's dealing with nerve issues. Any 'pins and needles' feeling or persistent tingling? Loss or dulling of sensation? Tendency for fingers to 'claw' or bend themselves involuntarily? If no, I'd lean more toward muscular pain/fatigue. And again, I'm not going to go out on any limbs to make a guess without seeing in person or at least getting more detail.

Disclaimer: I'm not a doctor, nor do I work in a medical profession. I have had nerve issues, though.
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I get tendonitis in my forearms, and sometimes in my hands but that is from over stressing the tendons. Swelling, great pain is involved. Often reddening of the skin. From years of working at a keyboard I developed carpel tunnel syndrome in my wrists. Caught that early enough, got tested (I swear that machine was developed by the SS for interrogations) and it showed I had actual carpel tunnel. Good news is if you do have carpel tunnel (mostly due to repetitive movements like typing), and caught early, just wearing a wrist brace for a few months while sleeping lets the nerves re-grow the insulation layer that has been rubbed off. Tendonitis will recover after a week or two of non stress.
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Old 06-06-17, 12:58 AM
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i ride a lot, and my hands hurt from time to time. it always goes away within a day or two.
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Old 06-06-17, 01:23 AM
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Have you tried rotating the handlebars? Look to see how much yhour wrists are cocked. Ie, are they straight like you are throwing a punch or rotated forward or back. If they are rotated, trying rotating the handlebars maybe 10 degrees to bring them straighter, then ride them that way for a while and see if things are better. If they are better, but you still have issues, try another 10 degrees. If worse, go the other direction.

I've been having hand numbness on a bike i have just set up. I am about to angle my brake hoods down a little to see if that will make a difference.

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When I rode noodle bars, I needed the thickest, highest density foam covers I could find to keep the pressure from causing numbness. At first, I didn't realize how much weight was on my hands riding in that position.
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Old 06-06-17, 07:15 AM
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I ride drop bars and sometimes get pain around my thumb and palm. Usually that means I'm grabbing my bars too hard (deathgrip). When I relax -and bend my elbows a little- the pain goes away.
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