Well, medical step one today. Heading in to the city to get a steroid injection for my wrist/hand. Before anybody goes off and says the negatives on this, I'm aware that it's a short term band-aid and not a fix. I'm no stranger to cortisone and the like from other injuries along the path of my life as an athlete. I can't get the nerve conduction testing done for several more months so this is just a first step before the full meal deal to see if it helps in the interim. The exercises have helped some in the strength department, the braces have not. I've done some session time changes and experiments as to what gives me the most grief when I play. Stretching warmups (that I sort of got away from, totally my bad there), watching what I play how soon into my time, how long I play, and how long resting between playing sessions. Results are a total mixed bag. Sometimes I can play for a couple hours with no pain and/or numbness/tingles, other times 15-20 minutes and I'm in agony. Doesn't seem to matter how hard I'm going at it or how rigorously I'm attacking the fretboard. My thumb strength has returned somewhat, but the aches are still there, along with the needles and pins in my first two fingers and the center wrist/hand area. Sleep time is still the main pain and numbness issue. Still trying to bring back the stretch distance on my pinky; that really suffered the most when I scaled things back when this started. My GP seems to think this will be a good thing until I can get in for the main event. Can't hurt I reckon. Plus side, I can drop in at my favorite Long & McQuade store and see how much drool I leave behind...and you know how it goes, you can't leave without picking up something.