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I am a guitar player. My left hand or "chord hand" fingers

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Hi. My name is***** am a guitar player. My left hand or "chord hand" fingers keep tingling like my hand is asleep, making playing difficult. I have been dx with CTS and wore a wrist brace for 6 weeks. No help/ What is my best recourse? Im very upset over this.
JA: What seems to make the symptoms worse or better? In general, how would you describe your health lately?
Customer: Well, overall, Im in ok health. Im 52. ABout 30 lbs too heavy, but working on that. Medicated for blood pressure, cholesterol and depression.
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: Not really
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Josh replied 2 months ago.


Myself Dr Josh- and I’m happy to help with your question today.

Please provide me the following information so that I can address your concern-

Did such symptoms started after using guitar?

Have you seen any doctor for this issue?

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Expert:  Dr Josh replied 2 months ago.


Thanks for all these additional details.

I am sorry to hear about your problems.

Well, your symptoms sound to be related with a condition Carpal tunnel syndrome.

It is caused by compression of the nerve which controls sensation and movement in the hands , called as median nerve.
This occurs due to continuous compression of nerves in carpal tunnel in the wrist.

Your doctor may suggest, Electromyography test, It can check how median nerve is being compressed and the effect it is having on your symptoms.

The line of treatment is-

1. Wrist splint. It has to be worn at night to support the wrist and keep it in the same position. You should continue with it.
2. The use of Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug such as ibuprofen, also helps in relief from the symptoms.
3. Physical therapy will also be helpful. It includes- Short wave diathermy, Infra red, Wax therapy. This would be helpful.
4. Also the use of Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), is very helpful.
5. In case, symptoms doesn't improve then Corticosteroids can be prescribed. Sometimes, anti-depressant drugs are even prescribed to get rid of numbness.
6. You should avoid over exposure to cold temperature.

You should not use guitar for long time. You can take frequent breaks.

Please follow above measures, and consult your primary doctor for further evaluation.

Hope this helped

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Expert:  Dr Josh replied 2 months ago.

May i help you further?

Do you need more help?

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Expert:  Dr Josh replied 2 months ago.

Dear customer

If you still have any questions,please let me know..I am happy to address your follow-up questions.

I am online & is waiting for your reply.

Please do reply.

Thank you.

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