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    Hand Cramps -- "The Claw"

    Other 20+ yr. wire twisters: Do you get hand cramps after/during days of making up splices/terminations in disconnects, j-boxes, panels etc. ?

    What helps ? Glucosamine ? Bananas ? Time Off ?

    Would welcome any insight on this.

    #2
    I am 25 years old but I have the hands of a grandpa:grin:

    Lotion and hand massages keep me going strong, but the cold makes it so much harder to deal with the pain.:mad:
    Jason

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      #3
      I am 45 and get THE CLAW also, best solution i have found is an apprentice

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        #4
        I notice it more when I get dehydrated. I've had hand cramps so bad that I could no longer hold a screwdriver.

        At 58, my solution is to cuss, shake it off, take a drink and plow through.
        Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are solely mine and do not necessarily reflect the views of other members of this community. Do not misunderstand them as an encouragement to violate the NEC. Also, don't forget that the NEC is not necessarily the AHJ.

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          #5
          I had contact with an electrcian recently and he was diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome after some 25+ years in the trade. He told his doc that he was unable to hold tools for long periods of time and would get real bad cramps during work and rest. He is scheduling surgery to correct it sometime in the near future. I hope this is not your case but you may want to get a check up.
          Kevin

          Certified Electrical Inspector/Former E.C.

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            #6
            The Cure for "The Claw": Wago's
            ABC

            "Eschew Obfuscation!"

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              #7
              Originally posted by electricguy61 View Post
              The Cure for "The Claw": Wago's
              Not familiar with Wago's (?)
              Last edited by flashlight; 12-10-09, 07:49 PM.

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                #8
                The things you just stick your wire in and it grabs see them on light fixtures

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                  #9
                  Carpal tunnel sucks, if your hands turn blue,black then red as they warm up[and hurt like hell] you could have Raynaulds Syndrome. This really sucks,trust me I know. Takes blood work and someone looking for it to find.I am cursed with this.Cold weather effects it most and you feel it in all joints. Our hands are a big part of our livelyhood so take care of em.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by flashlight View Post
                    Not familiar with Wago's (?)
                    http://www.wago.us/downloads/51216511.pdf
                    Last edited by electricguy61; 12-10-09, 08:26 PM. Reason: better explanation
                    ABC

                    "Eschew Obfuscation!"

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                      #11
                      I get the occasional finger or thumb cramp, but it goes away if i press my hand flat on a table.

                      Originally posted by flashlight View Post
                      Not familiar with Wago's (?)
                      They're basically back-stabbed wirenuts. Picture a back-stab receptacle without the receptacle.
                      Master Electrician
                      Electrical Contractor
                      Richmond, VA

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                        #12
                        apple juice. beats the crap out of bananas. in a pinch try a teaspoonful of applecider vinegar (used to keep a bottle in my truck). get the right tools (wirenut spinner, offset screwdriver etc)

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                          #13
                          220/221 I notice that the claw/cramps happen more often when I'm dehydrated. Too many diuretics; coffee, caffeinated drinks, beer (after work) and not enough hydration. I take potassium and magnesium supplements and a multivitamin every day. I also drink Gatorade G2. It has all the electrolytes of regular Gatorade but with less calories. My wife says I should eat better, more veggies, etc.. It's hard enough to eat while driving to the next job. When I got really bad, I'd wake up in the middle of the night with severe leg cramps. This getting old stuff sucks. pete

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                            #14
                            Flashlight, we're about the same vintage, and 220/221 is correct - hydration will help offset cramping. I notice that late in the shift is when I have the most problems with my hands not wanting to work. Also, for me anyway, when my attitude goes south, I know I need to take a drink (of water - don't use the other stuff), and it really helps.

                            I've used glucosamine for a couple of years, and it took probably six months before I noticed my shoulder wasn't hurting any more, but it didn't do anything for hand cramps.

                            Last, be sure to use gloves or some sort of vibration dampener when you use a roto-hammer - I'm real obnoxious to the juniors about that, and hearing protection (I SAID, HEARING PROTECTION!) lest they end up like me, deaf and cranky.
                            Howard

                            "You don't know the character of a man until there is not enough." Dr. Jack Letts, MD

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                              #15
                              Ideal tans and a 5/16 nutdriver......also drinking plenty of water and taking Aleve helps

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