Another numbness question
I know there is a log of material on this topic, but I have some specific questions. This is also my first post. Bummer it’s on this issue; but hey, I’m still motivated. I also want to say how wonderful this forum is and how impressed I am by the support, encouragement, and wisdom one finds here. Thanks all. And sorry for the long post.
I’ve been hanging a little over a month now, and I think I’ve damaged my dorsal nerve. I am experiencing numbness around the nerve bundle, mostly on the the top of the glands. The first couple weeks I was using a homemade hanger; since then I’ve been using the Bib Starter. I don’t remember having this problem with the homemade hanger, though the Bib Starter is much more comfortable. Thanks Bib! I first noticed the numbness just over a week ago. I took several days off. But the numbness is back. It’s not too bad, and it has already improved with another day off. But I want to sort this out. From what I’ve read, it seems that few people have this problem with the Bib hangers. So I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong. Here are the possibilities I can think of. Any advice on what the most likely culprit is would be much appreciated.
The wrap: At first I wrapped with Theraband only, the edge of which was digging into the glands a bit. Now I use a soft under wrap, which allows me to wrap tighter: with just the warp on, the glands will become a bit engorged; but I can still piss. I’ve experienced numbness with both methods of wrapping.
Hanger position: I’ve probably been placing the hanger 1/2” from the glands, or slightly more. I’ve just read that it should be 3/4” or further back. Have I been positioning the hanger too close?
Twisting: Half the time my unit twists in the hanger, but only slightly - 1/8 of a turn or less.
Weight: I started out with light weights and am now at 6 kg (13 lb). This is BTC. The last day I hung I did try to bump the weight up a bit. Am I simply overdoing it?
Length of sets: The usual 20 min., with 10 min. breaks. But I know some say they can only go for 10 or 15 min. I now do between 6 and 12 sets a day. My goal is 15.
Tightness of hanger: I really crank the thing down. I even use a cloth to give the wing NT a few extra twists. It’s not particularly comfortable like this, but it grips the internal structures well and minimizes hanger movement. Everything I’ve read suggests keeping the hanger tight. But again, have I perhaps gone too far?
My hunch is that I’ve been positioning the hanger too close to the glands and/or pushing the weight a bit too much. But I’m very curious if the tightness of the hanger could also be the problem, or part of the problem. Thanks again in advance for any help.