I’ve not mentioned this to many folks – I’m scheduled to have my first carpal tunnel surgery on my right hand on Wednesday, July 25th (and I’ll have my left hand done in late August or early September). I’ll admit I’m a bit nervous about the whole thing. It is apparently (alledgedly?) pretty routine stuff, but when the surgery center called me today to get all the pre-op information they needed, she did emphasize that “while routine, it IS surgery”. Recovery should be fairly quick, but I’ll be out of my studio until probably next week.
I first started having pain and numbness problems with both hands nearly ten years ago when I still worked as a technology guy. Back then, they believed carpal tunnel was primarily due to work-related activities. Now I’m told it is more likely genetic and NOT related to repetative work (such as computer work). In any case, in the last few years, it has gotten progressively worse. I now have to take short breaks from my painting several times a day to relieve numbness. And, when doing intensive work such as renovating a rental property for two weeks recently, the pain and numbness gets so bad that I have to stop working completely after a few hours.
So, even though I’m pretty nervous about the whole thing, I hope and pray that it will correct my problem so I can just get on with painting!