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I won't be posting as much

Posted by Kathy G on 2/13/03 at 09:29 (109016)

Just to let you all know that I will be signing on regularly but I probably won't be posting as often as I have because of possible Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in both wrists. Went to my Primary but he thinks it's tendonitis. Now he wants me to go to a hand specialist and in the meantime, it would only make sense for me to stop using the computer as it is killing me. What makes me think this isn't CT is that I have no numbness in my fingers, just terrible burning in my wrists. And it is worst when I use the computer and when I drive. I went to my chiropractor yesterday and he says my thoracic outlet syndrome could definitely be contributing. He tried something new and my shoulder/neck area is a whole lot better, but not my wrists. You know, if they didn't hurt so much, I'd be tempted to slit them!

No, no, just kidding. But man, I am really frustrated with my body. I keep trying but I don't seem to be making any headway. Went to a C.Ped but that's another long story and my hands won't take it today. Suffice to say, she was nice, thorough and not sure she could offer any orthotics that would be more helpful than my present FootMaxx orthotics. She just kind of shook her head and said my case was very complicated. Her first question was whether I'd been tested for RA because I showed so many symptoms of it. I don't really think I do but I have been tested twice and both were negative.

So, I'll sit here and twiddle my thumbs, and........nope, can't do that! It hurts! I'll just bide my time and hope that all this goes away because I am so tired of it all.

Just wanted you all to know if I don't post as often. But you know me, I probably won't be able to resist posting my two-cents worth!

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Bev N on 2/13/03 at 09:51 (109022)

Kathy G. , Your doctors sounds like mine, all they can do is shake their heads and say 'I can't understand why you are in so much pain'. I do wish you the best and pray that the doctors can help your problems. We will be thinking of you. Bev

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carmen h on 2/13/03 at 10:20 (109029)

Are you wearing splints for your wrists to bed and using a wrist rst when you type?

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Suzanne D on 2/13/03 at 10:36 (109032)

Kathy, do take care of yourself. We will miss your posts and will be thinking of you!

Carmen mentioned the wrist supports. My assistant at school has been wearing them for a few months and is much improved. But, of course, hers is carpal tunnel, and I know you aren't sure about that diagnosis.

Good luck!
Suzanne :-)

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JudyS on 2/13/03 at 11:01 (109037)

Kathy - As a result of discovering instant messsaging a year and a half ago (with many here) I developed a nasty case of tendonitis in my wrists - boy were they sore. But after having learned the hard way from my PF, I took good care of them quickly. Went to the doc, used the wrist splints, ibuprofen...etc. And, like you, I backed off of the keyboard. I also had purchased an ergonomic keyboard but found that it was more problematic. I also use a rollerball mouse which I really like.
My tendonitis lasted for about four weeks.

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Necee on 2/13/03 at 11:54 (109056)

Kathy TTS can be very painful, get you one of those wrist supports, they will help you. Take anti-inflammatory meds and let us know how your doing.

Happy trails...


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Sharon W on 2/13/03 at 20:10 (109108)


My guess is it will be difficult to diagnose whether you have carpal tunnel syndrome since you only have pain in your wrists, no numbness in your fingers. I've been researching this somewhat. One thing that doctors usually look for with CTS is numbness in the thumb and first two fingers, but NOT in the 4th fingers and pinkys. They also look for clumsiness with the hands, difficulty buttoning or handling small objects, dropping things, etc.

Does the burning in your wrists seem to stay in one place, or does it radiate up your wrists toward the forearms?

I am writing to you while wearing splints on both wrists. It's a LOT slower this way, and definitely clumsier, but I know it's safer for the wrists... Doctors so far haven't figured out for sure whether I have carpal tunnel or whether it's actually some type of peripheral neuropathy; I'm supposed to see a THIRD neurologist on Monday. So I can feel for you in this situation, and I sure hope you'll be able to get it all sorted out SOON.


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Kathy G on 2/15/03 at 08:57 (109216)

Thank you all for your suggestions. I don't have an appointment with the Hand Specialist until March 12th so I've ordered some splints. They should be in today.

I don't experience any of the numbness in my fingers - just a burning in the wrists that sometimes extends up the forearms. Certain activities hurt more than others - like typing or driving seem to really hurt.

Like everything else, either it will go away or I'll learn to live with it.