OUCH! This is Carpal Tunnel... It hurts like Hades. I know, I began to experience it years back. Thankfully I sought holistic help immediately and through massage and exercise it went away! VOILA!
I have been questioned, repeatedly, at work about my Carpal Tunnel. Let Me Make This Perfectly Clear:
I DO NOT HAVE CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME! What I had was a sprain (which I worked out, once again, holistically) and now I have a Fraking Pinched Nerve (from people standing on it), which I am also working out in a holistic manner.
Anyway, I have been researching Carpal Tunnel and what I read on two different sites was: Carpal Tunnel is not usually caused by excess typing or mouse use.. but it can be caused by "Obesity"! I'm like, "Dude? Really?" So, like check out these quotes form these sites:
A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia.Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition in which there is pressure on the median nerve -- the nerve in the wrist that supplies feeling and movement to parts of the hand. It can lead to numbness, tingling, weakness, or muscle damage in the hand and fingers.
Causes, incidence, and risk factorsThe median nerve provides feeling and movement to the "thumb side" of the hand (the palm, thumb, index finger, middle finger, and thumb side of the ring finger).
The area in your wrist where the nerve enters the hand is called the carpal tunnel. This tunnel is normally narrow, so any swelling can pinch the nerve and cause pain, numbness, tingling or weakness. This is called carpal tunnel syndrome.
Some people who develop this problem were born with a carpal tunnel that is small.
Many people believe that carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by making the same hand and wrist motion over and over. In fact, using hand tools that vibrate may lead to carpal tunnel.
Yet, there are no good studies that prove carpal tunnel is caused by typing on a computer, using a mouse, or repeating movements while working, playing an instrument, or playing sports.
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs most often in people 30 to 60 years old, and is more common in women than men.
Other factors that may lead to carpal tunnel syndrome include:
- Alcohol abuse
- Bone fractures and arthritis of the wrist
- Cyst or tumor that grows in the wrist
- If your body keeps extra fluids during pregnancy or menopause
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Carpal tunnel syndromeFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Carpal tunnel syndrome Classification and external resources Transverse section at the wrist. The median nerve is colored yellow. The carpal tunnel consists of the bones and flexor retinaculum. ICD-10 G56.0 ICD-9 354.0 OMIM 115430 DiseasesDB 2156 MedlinePlus 000433 eMedicine orthoped/455 pmr/21 emerg/83 radio/135 MeSH D002349
median neuropathy, causing paresthesia, pain, numbness, and other symptoms in the distribution
of the median nerve due to its compression at the
wrist in the carpal tunnel. The pathophysiology
is not completely understood but can be considered compression of the median nerve traveling
through the carpal tunnel. It appears to be
caused by a combination of genetic and
environmental factors. Some of the
predisposing factors include: diabetes,
obesity, pregnancy, hypothyroidism, and heavy
manual work or work with vibrating tools but
not lighter work even if repetitive.
The main symptom of CTS is intermittent
numbness of the thumb, index, long and radial
half of the ring finger. The numbness often
occurs at night, with the hypothesis that the
wrists are held flexed during sleep. Recent
literature suggests that sleep positioning, such as sleeping on one's side, might be an associated
factor. It can be relieved by wearing a wrist splint that prevents flexion. Long-standing CTS
leads to permanent nerve damage with constant numbness, atrophy of some of the muscles of
the thenar eminence, and weakness of palmar abduction.
Pain in carpal tunnel syndrome is primarily
numbness that is so intense that it wakes one
from sleep. Pain in electrophysiologically
verified CTS is associated with misinterpretation
of nociception and depression.
Conservative treatments include use of night
splints and corticosteroid injection. The only scientifically established disease modifying
treatment is surgery to cut the transverse carpal ligament.
OBESITY! Not Typing or repetitive movements? Wow, like who ever would have thought? So get off my azz and take a good look around..... I type every-single-day, ALL Day; Labels, documents, e-mails, book reviews, for 32+ years... I Still Do Not Have Carpal Tunnel....
Carpal Tunnel? One needs an EMG Test. If there was a previous EMG and there was no major surgery and one has not been removed from the job, and has lived to tell about it... One Does NOT Have Carpal Tunnel!
If one works in a library/office setting and has Carpal Tunnel one would not be able to: type any manner of documentation on every-single overheard or included in conversation what-so-ever, emails, or memos all day long..... One would not be limited to lifting over 10 lbs. One would not be able to stay on the job, because the pain would be so great that working would be impossible... The Worker's Compensation Doctor would remand one to stay at home.
Let's be real, Carpal Tunnel is a Crippler....It requires an EMG and Major Surgery.... Is it worth the painful medical procedures and time off to make the claim? If one refuses the EMG & surgery required to eliminate the symptom, how does one continue to type; documents, memos, e-mails for over 5 hours a day, as well as spend hours cutting out detailed graphics, art pieces, & paper-cut-outs for displays? Wouldn't the pain of Carpal Tunnel make it impossible to do that type of fine finger movement & repetitive work?
I guess, Inquiring Minds Want to Know.......