Please forgive me for making another post about carpal tunnel syndrome. I know that there have been other posts, but I am hoping that perhaps someone will speak up with information that I have not heard, as I am starting to feel desperate.
I was recently diagnosed with mild carpal tunnel syndrome and I am grateful that it is only mild, however my doctor informed me (based on a nerve test) that it will probably progress to a severe case in about 5 years. I am freaked out because I am only just starting to see some success for my career as a violinist, I am going to be starting my MM soon, and now this bad news which might destroy everything I have worked toward for all of my life until this point. My doctor casually suggested that I give up the violin to prevent further injury. Clearly by suggesting such an atrocity he does not have any concept of how that would affect me. The thought of giving up on my beloved violin plunges me into deep depression. I'm not exaggerating, I cannot bear it.
I have been told that if it gets bad that I could have a surgery done to fix it, but I have spoken with others who have had this surgery and some of their stories are very unsettling. I have heard that in many cases the surgery has failed, that the space between the pieces of carpal ligament fill with scar tissue and hurt the nerve. Christopher Payne recommended (in another post on here) a device called Flextend, which I am going to try. I discussed the flextend gloves with my doctor and he scoffed at the idea, dismissing it as "not medically possible" and "a gimick". My hope is now very low but I'm going to try the gloves anyway though, because I am willing to do anything.
Does anyone else have any information that could help me save my hands? I will be grateful for all replies and I apologize once again if this is redundant. I just really need the help.
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