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Possible Carpal Tunnel from playing golf?

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  • Posted By: leemyx1
  • October 3, 2009
  • 01:46 PM


I apologize for the length of this post in advance, but I want to give as many details as I can so someone out there can possibly help me out.

First off, I'll be 27 in about a month, I'm 5'7" and 245 lbs, have a deskjob and use the computer alot, and I have no ongoing health problems other than I'm overweight and have been exercising by doing simple weight lifting and cardio for the past few months.

I recently picked up golf about 2 weeks ago and out of my excitement to play, I ended up playing some golf whether it was the driving range or 18 holes every day for about 10 days straight. I was feeling some numbness and tingling in my left hand, specifically my thumb, index, and middle fingers after about 5 or 6 days or so of playing, but thought it wasn't a big deal and figured it would go away soon enough. There was also pain in both hands along the back of the fist and around the knuckles when I tried to make a fist, especially in the mornings.

I kept playing for a couple more days and finally stopped because the numbness was of course getting worse and the joint/ligament pain when I close my hands was getting very bad. I haven't picked up my clubs since Monday, so it's been 5 days since any activity related to golf.

My thumb, index, and middle finger in my left hand are still very numb, and there's a little bit of the same numbness in my right hand as well, but not nearly as much. The pain in my joints has almost disappeared though, lessening every day since I stopped playing. I did some google searches and found that Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a possible condition that golfers can get, and my symptoms seem to match what CTS sounds like, but I wanted to get an outside opinion. I bought a wrist brace for CTS a few days ago and have been wearing it when I sleep for the past 3 nights.

I am looking for any kind of home remedy or solutions that I can apply that will get me back to normal. I don't have insurance so I can't see a doctor right now, otherwise I would have hightailed it to a doc immediately.

Appreciate any help!!

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