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 Carpal Tunnel Syndrome summary request

Could someone please post/email/summarize the discussion on CTS?

I'm a computer scientist, never had wrist problems until last week.
First, wrist pain--I couldn't open a door or drive.  Stayed off the
computer (especially the mouse) for two days and I felt better.
This morning, twenty minutes of moving the mouse and my fingertips
became slightly numb.  (All this only affect my right hand.)

Is the "net recommendation" to seek help immediately, or to wait a bit?

Thanks for any information!




Sun, 07 Aug 1994 04:13:55 GMT
 Carpal Tunnel Syndrome summary request

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>Could someone please post/email/summarize the discussion on CTS?

 I would like this information as well...




Sun, 07 Aug 1994 10:52:09 GMT
 Carpal Tunnel Syndrome summary request
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>Could someone please post/email/summarize the discussion on CTS?

>I'm a computer scientist, never had wrist problems until last week.
>First, wrist pain--I couldn't open a door or drive.  Stayed off the
>computer (especially the mouse) for two days and I felt better.
>This morning, twenty minutes of moving the mouse and my fingertips
>became slightly numb.  (All this only affect my right hand.)

>Is the "net recommendation" to seek help immediately, or to wait a bit?

   I'd immediately find someone who can help you with exercises.
   I've managed to control mine with nothing but them....


Sun, 07 Aug 1994 11:28:04 GMT
 Carpal Tunnel Syndrome summary request

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>I'm a computer scientist, never had wrist problems until last week.
>First, wrist pain--I couldn't open a door or drive.  Stayed off the
>computer (especially the mouse) for two days and I felt better.
>This morning, twenty minutes of moving the mouse and my fingertips
>became slightly numb.  (All this only affect my right hand.)

Diminished sensibility in the fingertips suggest median nerve irritation,
could be in the carpal canal, but if pronation of the forearm (turning a
door knob) is restricted, this could mean damage of the median nerve somewhere
in the brachial area, which is probably not the case here. Flexion of the
forearm would also be restricted.

An interesting phenomenon, this computer-related upper limb pain. Recently
in England, several journalists (among them a top financial journalist)
have been fired because they could not operate their word processors
due to upper limb pain. Computer work involves a lot of static work which
causes painful tensions in the neck and the upper limb.

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Sun, 07 Aug 1994 22:41:19 GMT
 Carpal Tunnel Syndrome summary request

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>Could someone please post/email/summarize the discussion on CTS?

>I'm a computer scientist, never had wrist problems until last week.
>First, wrist pain--I couldn't open a door or drive.  Stayed off the
>computer (especially the mouse) for two days and I felt better.
>This morning, twenty minutes of moving the mouse and my fingertips
>became slightly numb.  (All this only affect my right hand.)

>Is the "net recommendation" to seek help immediately, or to wait a bit?

>Thanks for any information!



I would also be interested in a summary posting on CTS...in
particular:

1. What are the typical symptoms?

2. Strategies to prevent further deterioration e.g raising wrists,
icing the wrists, exercises?

Regards,

Bill

--

DOWNING ASSOCIATES, INC.
68 Washington St, Natick, MA 01760
508-655-3040



Mon, 08 Aug 1994 00:15:48 GMT
 Carpal Tunnel Syndrome summary request

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> Could someone please post/email/summarize the discussion on CTS?

> I'm a computer scientist, never had wrist problems until last week.
> First, wrist pain--I couldn't open a door or drive.  Stayed off the
> computer (especially the mouse) for two days and I felt better.
> This morning, twenty minutes of moving the mouse and my fingertips
> became slightly numb.  (All this only affect my right hand.)

> Is the "net recommendation" to seek help immediately, or to wait a bit?

Immediately! Your wrists have been undergoing stress and strain for a long
time before you felt pain. Pain is a warning symptom - heed it. I was told
that I would have to wear braces for as long as I had been in pain,
due to trying to do too much too soon it took longer than that.
In addition I have reconfigured my computer system to avoid common
sources of injury - wrists flat!, screen at comfortable eye level,
feet flat on floor, etc. In addition, wrist stretching and strengthening
exercises are vital. These modifications are essential to treat
the underlying cause.

I actually had tendonitis at the base of the thumb but was given treatment
for carpal tunnel syndrom until I saw a specialist and got the correct
diagnosis (DeQuervaine's syndrome). Once my thumbs were immobilized
in splits I did heal, slowly.

Good Luck,
Beth Crespo, Mommy to Kara Michelle Kieffer since July 13, 1988
             Mommy to ??? ?????? Kieffer beginning May ??, 1992
These opinions are mine, Hewlett-Packard may or may not agree with them.



Mon, 08 Aug 1994 05:00:17 GMT
 Carpal Tunnel Syndrome summary request

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}I'm a computer scientist, never had wrist problems until last week.
}First, wrist pain--I couldn't open a door or drive.  Stayed off the
}computer (especially the mouse) for two days and I felt better.
}This morning, twenty minutes of moving the mouse and my fingertips
}became slightly numb.  (All this only affect my right hand.)

I recently had a similar experience.  After 15 years in the business, I
suddenly had a sore wrist and tendons in my hand.  What changed?  After
years of working with keyboards, I was finally given a workstation with a
mouse.  A few hours of the unaccustomed repeated motion (caused partly by
an {*filter*}ive solitaire game (-: ) was enough to cause me considerable
pain.

The good news is it's mostly cleared up.  I let my hand rest, kept my
mousing around to a minimum for a few days, stopped playing solitaire )-:.
After a week or so, my muscles got accustomed to the new motion and built
up the strength in the areas needed.  I still get an occasional twinge in
the tendons on the back of my hand, but nothing I can't live with.

Disclaimer:  Above is my personal experience.  I'm _not_ a doctor, let
alone a neurologist.  What worked for me may not work for you.  See your
doctor if symptoms persist.  No warranties, express or implied.  Etc.,
etc., etc. ...


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