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Old 08-04-19, 05:06 AM
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It would be really interesting if electronic shifting took care of it. I really wanted to put electronic shifting on my travel bike, but eTap batteries don't last long enough and Di2 doesn't get rid of the cables. The advantage of no force required to shift also appeals. One of my bikes has relatively stiff shifting, and it can be a real pain on longer rides. In fact, it's possible that the force required to shift the front derailleur on my road bike contributed to my hand issues. I know someone who has eTap on his long distance bike, he seems to like it. I'll have to ask him how long his batteries last next time I see him. They are small and light enough to carry a spare set on a 1200km brevet, not sure how that would work on something like TABR.
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Old 08-04-19, 11:38 AM
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Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
It would be really interesting if electronic shifting took care of it. I really wanted to put electronic shifting on my travel bike, but eTap batteries don't last long enough and Di2 doesn't get rid of the cables. The advantage of no force required to shift also appeals. One of my bikes has relatively stiff shifting, and it can be a real pain on longer rides. In fact, it's possible that the force required to shift the front derailleur on my road bike contributed to my hand issues. I know someone who has eTap on his long distance bike, he seems to like it. I'll have to ask him how long his batteries last next time I see him. They are small and light enough to carry a spare set on a 1200km brevet, not sure how that would work on something like TABR.
I need to start the fact finding process now. If I elect to go with it, I'd like to get a couple thousand miles in before the next big one. Issues I see are compatibility, battery life and what to do in event of the contraption not working for whatever reason.
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Old 08-04-19, 11:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Carbonfiberboy View Post
You might start working them now. I'm a strong believer in the ability of the right exercise to stimulate recovery. Trick of course is figuring out what that is. I'd mess around, see what seems to work. I've never found rest to be much help.
What I have found thus far is almost any use by my hand is not good. So I'm skeptical about trying any exercise before the thing settles down. I'll give that another couple weeks, wear the brace and dose with Vitamin I. We will see where I'm at then. If no improvement, I'll start the exercises. Nothing to lose.
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Old 08-04-19, 12:56 PM
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A doctor might want to shoot you up with cortisone. Which might not be a bad idea.
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Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
A doctor might want to shoot you up with cortisone. Which might not be a bad idea.
One assumes a doctor has been seen. Vit. I - my dosage when I have issues like this is 600 mg. every 6 hours every day for at least a week. Consistent dosage is key. I should have mentioned that. Gotta get the inflammation down. And as another has commented, my guess is that electronic is the way to go. My hands will let me ride my singles longer than our tandem, just due to cable drag on the right brifter.
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Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
A doctor might want to shoot you up with cortisone. Which might not be a bad idea.
Except for side effects associated with it which can be more or less complicated if you already have some of the preexisting issues of insomnia, anxiety as some do. It can also complicate depression.
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This is an interesting thread! I'm kinda amazed at the different problems, different causes, different solutions.

I have a wrist brace that I use when my symptoms flare up. It feels good initially, but after a few hours or can become really painful. When I take it off the pain goes away completely... for a while. You may think I'm not doing it right... and that makes two of us.

I naturally sleep with my hands flat under my pillow. That's a habit that goes back longer than I can remember. I'd be thrilled if that were the solution to anything, but makes my CTS worse.

But the worst thing, for me, is driving. I keep my hands at the top of the wheel (that's how I was taught) and I hold it tightly. Much too tightly. I have never found a way to loosen that grip.

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