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So every time I frame, I start waking up with numb hands, and they've been getting worse. Now they feel swollen all day, and the numbness makes it hard to sleep. Turns out the lead framer I work with gets it too, and the carpenter that built my dad's house has major problems with his hands that used to be legendary. I've heard tendonitis from one person, but I thought that was just sore wrist. This is more like carpal tunnel where inflammation puts pressure on nerves.

So is it carpal tunnel? And what can I do? Hand yoga? Massage? Vitamins? Shock therapy? I've tried the toughing it out bit, but that's how Bob lost his ability to pull up his pants.

I know I should consult a doctor about this, but I tend to avoid them, and I figure there's gotta be more people in the trade that have dealt with this and hopefully overcome it.

I appreciate any feedback regarding the condition.
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Sounds like carpal tunnel.

Does not get better.

Ibuphrofen, ice and splints at night will help

Have the surgery, painless, fast and it works.

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Agree with Griz - also padded gloves if you don't wear now you should
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Sometimes it does go away, I had it in both hands, had surgery on one in December which went very well. While I was recuperating during those 2 weeks I was exercising the other hand and resting it, it went away.

Now I always wear antivibration gloves when using a sawzall, hammer drill or multi tool. I am much more careful now.
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Kale and quinoa will cure it.
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So every time I frame, I start waking up with numb hands, and they've been getting worse. Now they feel swollen all day, and the numbness makes it hard to sleep. Turns out the lead framer I work with gets it too, and the carpenter that built my dad's house has major problems with his hands that used to be legendary. I've heard tendonitis from one person, but I thought that was just sore wrist. This is more like carpal tunnel where inflammation puts pressure on nerves.

So is it carpal tunnel? And what can I do? Hand yoga? Massage? Vitamins? Shock therapy? I've tried the toughing it out bit, but that's how Bob lost his ability to pull up his pants.

I know I should consult a doctor about this, but I tend to avoid them, and I figure there's gotta be more people in the trade that have dealt with this and hopefully overcome it.

I appreciate any feedback regarding the condition.
Who is "Bob" and why do we know about him not being able to pull up his pants?
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I know I should consult a doctor about this...
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"Consult a doctor"? Don't be silly. We can fix this in 5 minutes with a multitool!
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the swollen hands is not normal with carpal tunnel though

the test for carpal tunnel is hands out, palms up, doctor presses down against thumb lightly and you push back, greatly reduced strength pushing back indicate carpal tunnel along with night time numbness and tingling
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Palms down not up

45 min surgery = $24000
I had to pay $4000
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I had the painful numbness at night and it turned out to be an under active thyroid. But I didn't have any swelling of my hands.

Pain is one thing, the swelling is something to get looked at.
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45 min surgery = $24000
I chose the wrong business...
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Thinking like a HO.

You think the surgeon gets all that? Wonder what the hospitals cut is? 70%?
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Thinking like a HO.

You think the surgeon gets all that? Wonder what the hospitals cut is? 70%?
You're right; $7,200 for 45 minutes of work is not really that good after all. I make more than that all day every day renovating old homes...
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Surgeon, Anesthesiologist, 2 nurses, materials etc.
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I get numb and tingling in my hands. Had carpel tunnel surgery and it only helped a little

Started getting acupuncture which made a huge difference. Probably had to go 6times and now once ever 6months. It was my forearms thatís where causing the problem
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Surgeon, Anesthesiologist, 2 nurses, materials etc.
Right again; he is probably only making $3k for 45 minutes worth of work. Hopefully, he is smart enough to book a few surgeries per day to make it worth his while. Otherwise, he should give it up and be a wood worker.
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Risk management. Wonder what his malpractice insurance costs are?

Hope the guy can take in 300K/yr. Lots of schooling and liability.
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Risk management. Wonder what his malpractice insurance costs are?

Hope the guy can take in 300K/yr. Lots of schooling and liability.
Hopefully, on average they seem to do ok at $500k per year salary without all the things you mentioned. Perhaps that's the better way to go. I am sure you and most of us contractors pull in a lot more than that though...

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I get numbness on my thumb and 2 fingers sporadically and only at night Sometimes my left hand, sometimes my right. Weird. Some days
I have wrist pain is so bad that I have to wear a wrist support. The pain goes away after I wear that for a day or two. Nobody told me about days like these when I went into this business. Sucks

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