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bluelagos
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crab hand

Postby bluelagos » 11 Sep 2020, 10:50pm

Nearly half way on my Lejog, around 410 miles in 6 days. Am getting quite extreme stiffness in my fingers. Not painful but a pain in the buttock making it hard to do zips up, use knife and fork etc.

Any tips on reducing the stiffness. Am hoping flatter riding with less braked descents will help

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Re: crab hand

Postby Jdsk » 11 Sep 2020, 10:59pm

Any pre-existing medical conditions?

Try changing your hand and wrist position somehow. Change it a bit every day. Don't put it off.

I'd try anti-inflammatory drugs. Precautions as as on the packet and the NHS advice website.

Jonathan

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Re: crab hand

Postby scottg » 12 Sep 2020, 12:17am

what kind of shifters ?
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Re: crab hand

Postby bluelagos » 12 Sep 2020, 6:26am

No preconditions.

Shifters are the ones you push in from the outside (part of the brake lever)

The position of my handlebars means I only really use 1 position 95% of time...

Is actually ok when am riding, its when I stop it's a pain.

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Re: crab hand

Postby Jdsk » 12 Sep 2020, 7:41am

Yes... but it's probably that riding position that's setting this off.

The easiest things to change are:
Your position on the bars: try consciously varying that.
Rotating the bars in the clamp: try 10mm up and down at the hoods and change that every day.

Jonathan

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Re: crab hand

Postby Paulatic » 12 Sep 2020, 8:05am

I doubt it’s any braking causing it. We must use our brakes <1%of a ride.
Sounds like you aren’t moving your hand position enough and just sitting on the hoods? Maybe the drops aren’t readily available but switch to the tops when you can I,e, sitting up along straight roads.
In my own case I got numb fingers when we reached Perth. Took off my gloves and didn’t wear again and cured by next day. I think the padding in gloves whilst cushioning can also exert pressure in to the hand.
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Re: crab hand

Postby Jdsk » 12 Sep 2020, 8:07am

Good point about gloves. Same principle: variation.

Jonathan

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Re: crab hand

Postby Nickeveson » 13 Sep 2020, 6:09pm

As Paulatic said hands and fingers pain may well be exacerbated by the gloves. I ditched mine after the first hour of each ride, and did shake out my wrists on a regular basis

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Re: crab hand

Postby Cowsham » 14 Sep 2020, 6:28am

Are you wearing a back pack?

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Re: crab hand

Postby bluelagos » 3 Oct 2020, 7:20am

Quick update for anyone reading this with similar issues. A week post LeJog and fingers are now fully functional once again. Definitely not something I foresaw as had no issues whilst training. Guess 10 hours in the saddle day in day out with limited position was the issue...

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Re: crab hand

Postby Jdsk » 3 Oct 2020, 11:06am

Thanks for the update.

Did you change anything?

Jonathan

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Re: crab hand

Postby bluelagos » 4 Oct 2020, 7:00pm

Jdsk wrote:Thanks for the update.

Did you change anything?

Jonathan


Tried to move my hand position a tad, but not enough I guess. Kind of guessed it was nothing serious, just another thing to monitor I guess.

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Re: crab hand

Postby Jdsk » 4 Oct 2020, 7:00pm

Thanks

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Re: crab hand

Postby simonhill » 4 Oct 2020, 7:25pm

Do you have any aches in any other joints? Fingers, knees, feet/toes, shoulder, etc?

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Re: crab hand

Postby bluelagos » 5 Oct 2020, 1:46am

simonhill wrote:Do you have any aches in any other joints? Fingers, knees, feet/toes, shoulder, etc?


Coming up 2 weeks since finishing and all good.