So there is this one thing that prevents me from getting out on my bike as often as I would like to which is a problem with my forearms and wrists, commonly known as trigger finger. It's particularly bad in my clutch hand because when it's bothering me my hand feels weaker and I find the clutch uncomfortable to operate. It probably doesn't help that I have small hands which makes it a bit of an awkward reach on my bike.
I have seen a physiotherapist who wasn't much help so I am looking for someone else to see for a second opinion. They explained it to me basically as a repetitive stress injury, where my tendons swell to the point that they have trouble sliding through the sheaths in my knuckles which inhibits the motion of my hand. It's especially bad the day after riding when I wake up in the morning. My forearm is stiff as a brick and my fingers snap back and forth if I try to open or close my hand. It takes about a half an hour to work my hand back in to normal operation, but I was told that what I really needed was time time away from the bike to allow my damaged tendons to heal. So when I parked my bike last fall I was hoping that with several months I'd be in much better shape this year. Unfortunately no such luck. And to make it worse, I think my hands are weaker this season since I tried to avoid straining them. Where as shifting used to be a joy I now dread it and driving is traffic is excruciating.
Anyways, I'm not here to seek medical advice although if you have any recommendations for a good doctor that understands this problem that might be helpful. But I am interested if others here may have experienced the same problems. I'm hoping there are things I can do to improve this such as a replacement to my clutch lever or recommendations to my riding technique.