Nerve damage from revolvers?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Throwbackguy, Jun 20, 2022.

  1. RetiredUSNChief

    RetiredUSNChief Member

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    I'm with @.308 Norma on this. Without seeing this in action, I don't see how I can say one way or another.

    HOWEVER...pressure, especially constant or repetitive pressures, can and do cause issues like you describe. Often times, we think nothing of such things until we actually notice such effects, then suddenly terms like "carpal tunnel syndrome" and "sciatic nerve pain" become a reality.

    Take a break from what you're doing, is my recommendation. And I don't mean a few days. Make it a few weeks or months. See if there's a change. If so, then you can likely correlate the effects your experiencing with the activity you took a break from.

    From there you can make a better informed decision about where and how to proceed, whether it's a trip to the doctor, changing your form, or any number of options.
     
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  2. Autodidactic

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    The hard thing is if there are multiple possible culprits. Which one do you remove or take a break from?
     
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    One thing is for sure, us older guys are no longer bullet proof and indestructible. I am sure we all once were, hence the condition we are in now. :D
     
  4. GeoDudeFlorida

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    If I'd known I was going to live this long I'd've taken better care of myself when I was young.:D

    (okay, that's a lie. I had way too much fun to be careful)
     
  5. .308 Norma

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    That same principle kind of applies to a lot of things in life. If I wouldn't have spent so much money on guns and hunting equipment (including a few motor vehicles) when I was younger, I'd have a lot more money in the bank than I do now that I'm older.
    Of course that money would be drawing almost ZERO interest - just like what little money I do have in the bank. I think I prefer the memories of having and using all of those guns and hunting equipment to having more money drawing almost zero interest. ;)
     
  6. RetiredUSNChief

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    Another good question. But you've gotta start somewhere.

    It's also possible one thing "caused" it while another "exacerbates" it.

    Might be time for a trip to the doctor if this is the case.
     
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  7. savagelover

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    That's why I gave up the 44. 357 is way more comfortable for me. But I don't shoot hot rod loads. No need for it.
     
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  8. Throwbackguy

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    I'm impressed with the responses here. Didn't know what to expect; either a flurry of "You're doing it wrong"... or maybe a slow cascade of "Yeah, me too". But there are some very good anecdotes here.

    Thanks most to bangswitch, with the photos/drawing: Yes, the most likely cause of my particular paresthesia is direct pressure on one of the palmar nerves, running up the side of the finger. And the pic of a revolver is spot-on: The rounded trigger-guard sits directly up against the site. Definitely a 'New-guy, new-toy' repetitive injury. And though I'm loathe to switch up my grips (cuz of course, I've already replaced the stock ones with a good set of Altamonts), perhaps in the short-term, a set of cheap Hogue (or clone) rubber grips may do the trick. [And then, slap on the Altas for the fancy-dress parties. (!)] I won't be quittin' my habit of range time every week (when possible!)... but I certainly WILL be breaking up the action with some good ol' rifle practicing, perhaps in-between particular pistols.

    Happy shootin'!
     
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  9. Thomasss

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    I shoot both a full XDM and a "K" frame 357 Mag. revolver. I go with Hogue rubber grips and light target loads. A friend did correct my holding posture by getting the revolver high
    into the web of my hand which helped me a lot in preventing "trigger guard bite". The recoil needs to go back into your hand web, not your finger(s). Put your hand up higher but not over the steel so you don't get nipped by the hammer spur. Get it a little higher than you show it now in the pic and keep it there. It may surprise you how often it slips downward. It improved my shooting too. You may have to squeeze with the first knuckle bend or more of your finger and your thumb will be angled downward, but it did eliminate the pain in my fingers and wrist while shooting. A pistol glove can do wonders too. It will give you some extra padding where you need it I used an old hunting glove and cut off the cloth fingers just above the second knuckle so that there was some padding under the trigger guard. My doctor liked the gun posture from my Army Ranger buddy. My doc also gave me hand, wrist, arm and shoulder exercises to strengthen what I don't use much of now that I am retired.
     
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  10. PapaG

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    Ask John Taffin. He will tell you about nerve and joint damage. Writer of thousands of articles and especially knowledgeable on the big handguns.
     
  11. GeoDudeFlorida

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    Could be carpal tunnel from typing and mousing.
     
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  12. .308 Norma

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    Sure could. I kinda doubt Workman's Comp would have paid for the carpal tunnel surgery on my wife's left wrist if they would have suspected she got that carpal tunnel syndrome from shooting revolvers. Besides that, the Human Resources department at the county (my wife was Administrative Assistant to the County Clerk) made sure she got a brand new, "ergonomic" keyboard.
    BTW, my wife is right-handed, and as I said, the carpal tunnel syndrome was in her left wrist. It's the arthritis in my wife's right thumb joint that's probably, at least partially, the result of tens of thousands of full house 44 Magnum rounds fired in IHMSA competition and practice for. :uhoh:
     
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  13. Remington1911

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    I stopped reading the replies here, wanted to post up.

    THIS!!!!

    Take it from someone that went down this road, eh I just kinked it wrong, I must have done X, oh doing that must make this an issue. Till one day you are wanting to chew your arm off (in my case left).

    My issue ended up being a blown disk in my neck, it was crunching a nerve that runs down my left arm. I started with just a little tingle, like it was asleep, in my little finger. By the time I decided I should have it looked at I could not squeeze a tube of tooth paste and was eating 20 over the counter pain killers a day (really not good). The arm still feels like I smacked the crap out of my funny bone, and it bothers me every day. I will now be on pain killers the rest of my life, the nerve is just toast.

    Get it looked at. And do what the person I quoted suggested, this is the only type of Dr. that will know what is going on.
     
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