Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Ergonomics and Posture for Classical Guitarists, Aches and Pains, Injuries, etc...

Post by GEO » Sun Jan 28, 2007 10:49 pm

JQ. wrote:B vitamins are water soluable and don't build up in your system like fat soluable vitamins such as E and A. If you take more B vitamins than your body can use, you'll simply pass them in your urine.
While that's true, JQ, you can "overdose" on any vitamin, including the B-complex. Super-high doses of vitamin C can lower the pH of your urine and cause kidney damage. Symptoms due to niacin overdose (according to a web search--I'm not a doctor) include paresthesias, gout and hyperglycemia. So, be careful taking megadoses.

BTW, I would have guessed the reason for niacin's effect on your CTS was that it is a mild anti-inflammatory.




Post by JQ. » Sun Jan 28, 2007 11:43 pm

Actually, niacin is B3. ;)

Documentation on the use of B6 to treat CTS is inconclusive. Seems to be one of those things that works for some people but not for everyone. :)


Post by Cheshire » Mon Jan 29, 2007 5:32 am

That's interesting, JQ. Your symptoms and mine were completely different. I never noticed a loss in strength or a handshake issue.

About computer keyboards, I've had much success with the Microsoft ergonomics, and especially the ones with shallow laptop-like keys. They're quiet and don't require a lot of pressure to depress. Trackballs are wierd. I'm not into them, but I did find that the mouse didn't bother me so much when I kept my wrist & hand at an angle -- the same angle that an ergonomic keyboard demands from you. In other words, when I look at my hand while it's holding the mouse, I see the sides of my fingers, not the tops (just as if I were holding a pencil). Also not resting my wrist on the desk when holding the mouse helped. It takes a while to get used to holding your wrist up, but it does relieve the pressure.

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Post by danno » Tue Jan 30, 2007 4:55 am

Do not have surgery! You wil never regain the fine motorskills needed to play. Chronic pain is due to chronic missuse. Please check out pete egoscues book,"pain free"

good luck,


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