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Tue Jan 20, 2015 3:41 pm

Hey guys, had some issues for a while with my left wrist - pinging sensation on outside of wrist when gripping things tightly, lifting etc hot pain in wrist and pinky finger, occasional numbness and tingling in the palm and middle and ring fingers, and major lack of grip strength at times and tightness in the forearm.
Physio not sure of diagnosis yet due to swelling and muscle spasm after aggravating it more over the weekend lifting the yak onto the roof.
Hopefully once that all goes down should be easier to identify, but suspected to be possibly Carpel Tunnel Syndrome or Tendinitis.
Anyone had any experience with similar injury and have any advice to help sort it?

Wanna sort this as quickly as possible, cos it doesn't make for fun days paddling.

Yeah yeah, those jokes are coming but I'm right handed so that doesn't apply you dirty bastards.
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Tue Jan 20, 2015 3:50 pm

I'm a computer programmer and have dealt with some of this. If you are concious of it, making sure you stretch regularly during use, take breaks and generally relax it helps. Sometimes we are a lot more tense than we need to be for no apparent reason.

Unfortunately the best things seem to be rest and time.
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Tue Jan 20, 2015 3:52 pm

I had something similar. Although not ultra painful it was annoying.

Mine took many many months to go away.

What I now try to do is grip the paddle very lightly because I think it is that tensing of the muscles in the hand that causes the over use strain.
Another trick you can try is to place your thumb on top of the paddle which means you can't grip the paddle hard. Just this change may rest the muscles long enough for them to recover.

The only thing I found that took the aching away when back home was Voltarin Gel.

Hope it comes right soon.
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Tue Jan 20, 2015 3:54 pm

Yep..rest and time....if it is carpal tunnel (and it sounds like it might be), accupuncture might help (dont be a woose, it wont hurt ..much.. ;) )...., but if that doesnt, surgey might be the only option...The wife had it for a couple of years and it got worse and worse.....had the op and she was a 100% in a matter of weeks and never looked back
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Tue Jan 20, 2015 5:06 pm

Its because you got a new work car.

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Tue Jan 20, 2015 5:17 pm

Let me save the Water Shed the trouble of replying. What about a Hobie? Seems to be the answer to all known kayaking problems :rofl:
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Tue Jan 20, 2015 5:20 pm

AndrewRawlingson wrote:Let me save the Water Shed the trouble of replying. What about a Hobie? Seems to be the answer to all known kayaking problems :rofl:

Why because he cant lift it off the ground.....

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Tue Jan 20, 2015 5:40 pm

That's a bit strange having problems with your left when your a right hander your obviously not gripping tightly on your paddle with that hand ? as has been said make sure you don't grip over tightly it can be easy to get a death grip on things without realising

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AndrewRawlingson wrote:Let me save the Water Shed the trouble of replying. What about a Hobie? Seems to be the answer to all known kayaking problems :rofl:
:rofl: :rofl:
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Tue Jan 20, 2015 8:01 pm

This isn't going to fix your problem but will help in the future and put less stress on your wrist. Try Changing your paddle to a crank shaft ( ergo shaft) as your wrists will be in a more natural position.
I fractured my wrist last year and was quite sore paddling once it was healed so I changed to the crank the pain went away.
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Tue Jan 20, 2015 8:04 pm

Winch wrote:
AndrewRawlingson wrote:Let me save the Water Shed the trouble of replying. What about a Hobie? Seems to be the answer to all known kayaking problems :rofl:

Why because he cant lift it off the ground.....

Buhahahaha

brad perhaps with all your sponsorshipp you have become a Master Baiter :P

More seriously good luck things like that can need full rest for a considerable length of time
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Tue Jan 20, 2015 8:08 pm

arnie wrote:This isn't going to fix your problem but will help in the future and put less stress on your wrist. Try Changing your paddle to a crank shaft ( ergo shaft) as your wrists will be in a more natural position.
I fractured my wrist last year and was quite sore paddling once it was healed so I changed to the crank the pain went away.
Interestingly..I tried a crank and it started to hurt my shoulder and elbow.....so.....you can end up substituting one problem for another...
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Tue Jan 20, 2015 8:09 pm

Hainesy wrote:
arnie wrote:This isn't going to fix your problem but will help in the future and put less stress on your wrist. Try Changing your paddle to a crank shaft ( ergo shaft) as your wrists will be in a more natural position.
I fractured my wrist last year and was quite sore paddling once it was healed so I changed to the crank the pain went away.
Interestingly..I tried a crank and it started to hurt my shoulder and elbow.....so.....you can end up substituting one problem for another...
Have to get the right crank for your size not just any crank?
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Tue Jan 20, 2015 8:28 pm

Yep...I've had a carpal tunnel release, utter hell leading up to the op. I never want to put myself or my wife through that again. ( It was a severe case, a year after and I still had numb finger tips...but the night pains had gone ) Keep pushing for a diagnosis/solution, acupunture does work, I also have a TENS machine for my back pain, I now have a problem in my left arm, but hey, I can't afford a Hobie :)

I am using a crank carbon Ergo Shaft....I like it 8)
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Tue Jan 20, 2015 8:30 pm

MadMike wrote:
Hainesy wrote:
arnie wrote:This isn't going to fix your problem but will help in the future and put less stress on your wrist. Try Changing your paddle to a crank shaft ( ergo shaft) as your wrists will be in a more natural position.
I fractured my wrist last year and was quite sore paddling once it was healed so I changed to the crank the pain went away.
Interestingly..I tried a crank and it started to hurt my shoulder and elbow.....so.....you can end up substituting one problem for another...
Have to get the right crank for your size not just any crank?
..of course it was the right size ! ;)
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Tue Jan 20, 2015 9:16 pm

You've seen my solution to overcome the paddling ;)

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Wed Jan 21, 2015 12:50 pm

I don't now if my experience is at all relevant to your situation but maybe it is.

Based on my recent/ongoing issues with left elbow joint, it seems to be important to strengthen the muscles that support the joint.

My physio told me as we age our muscles subside a bit, we have tendency to let joints straighten more. She said that 5 years ago I would have carried a 20kg object with one arm bent at the elbow, now I carry it with a straight arm, and this is hard on the joint.

Paddling didn't cause the injury, and I was still able to paddle but it hurt.

After about 6 months of careful hand weight exercises I can paddle again, although I am hesitant to go out alone. I'm back to carrying thiings with a bent arm.
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Ask your physio to google ulnar neuropathy
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