Just saw this post. This is Don from www.BackBeat64.com
as someone mentuioned earlier. I couldn't even finish some songs on the guitar without having to hang my hand down to get sensation back. The CTS got so bad that I had to have the surgery, just over a year ago. I used James Kelly as the surgeon and the surgeries were both wrists and done 3 weeks apart. You have to wear the bandage to cover the stitches for about 10-14 days. The pain and numbness were gone immediately. No complications. Highly recomended if you are diagnosed and it is severe. A complication arose last spring with trigger finger in both of my thumbs (the thumbs lock) and I had surgery in my right thumb to relieve that and the problem in the left thumb went away on its own. The shots for me only worked for about 4-6 weeks. I had no choice but to have the surgery.
Being a pharmacist, I have tried every contraption(sp) and gimmick, the braces will help you sleep but are not an answer to the problem for most people. Shots may work well for extended periods but the condition almost always comes back at some time.
Suggest getting a good hand doctor, James Kelly, John Callahan, Marc Tetro and get a diagnosis. Try the shots and see where it leads. But if you have it, you don't have to suffer with it, the surgery works and is done with only a small incision in the wrinkles where the palm meets the arm, no svar visible after 6 months.
Hope this helps.