Well my summer was going great until a long distance trip to Southern Cali in June. Fantastic ride there and took in some great twisties, going home was when it all started going bad...
Due to enjoying the SoCal roads and weather too much I was in a bit of a time crunch to get home. The final day's ride was 15hrs and 1,300km. I didn't notice much at the time, just some tingling in my right hand. No, I didn't have a throttle lock since I have done numerous long distance rides down south and never had a problem in the past, and that was on a sportbike. I now ride a GS and I thought the riding position would be even better for the long haul.
I got home and felt fine. My right forearm was a bit tight but nothing out of the ordinary. The next morning was a different story. My right middle, ring and little finger were completely numb. I had difficulty shaving, eating and holding a toothbrush. This numbness subsided in a couple of days but the other symptoms remained...
- inflamed tendons extending down from my hand into my forearm
- stiffness at wrist area
- pain in wrist, tendon area and forearm
- about 80% of grip strength
I used ice, rest and anti-inflammatories (Naproxen and Diclofenac). I have tried a brace at night, stretching and rest. Not much improvement at all in two friggin' months. No activities whatsoever, including riding
My doctor thinks it is carpal tunnel and since the anti-inflamatories didn't work, then bracing it for 2 weeks or more 24/7might help.
My physio thinks that I have just strained the ligaments and tendons in my wrist and that rest and stretching will help and I should be back to normal in another 2-4 months (WTF!!).
I had a look at some of the other threads that dealt with surgery.
What I'm wondering is who here has experienced anything similar from a long ride? Thoughts on what it might be?
Recommendations for treatment?
What has worked for you guys?
Anyone tried a cortisone shot into the area to help with inflammation?
Any input would be appreciated. I'm going friggin' nuts not being able to ride.