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Old 05-28-2005, 10:19 AM   #1
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Sorry I'm not around as much lately ~Carpal Tunnel!
I miss hangin' out more here!

Besides being busy, I've had to restrict my internet time, because I've developed carpal tunnel syndrome from too much computer use. :crying: It's been coming on for a while, and I've been in denial. But this week it's been really bothering me, and is starting to freak me out. It was actually hurting yesterday just to hold the needles! I don't want to risk loosing the ability to knit!!

Does anyone know if there's a way to prevent/get rid of this, other than not using the computer?! :( I do the stretches (pulling back my hand to stretch out the forearm), and that has helped, but it doesn't seem to be enough any more.
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Old 05-28-2005, 10:33 AM   #2
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Amy, I've had it for years -- it was worst when I was working full time (8-10 hours a day on a computer), then it left me alone for a while when I had my kids. Whenever it flares up (usually from computer time when I'm working on a big freelance job :rollseyes: ) the most important and effective thing I do is to wear my braces at night while I sleep. They take a little getting used to, but healing while you sleep is so important, rather than injuring yourself while you sleep, which most people do without even realizing it (sleeping with your wrists bent).

I was on anti-inflammatory meds for a while but didn't notice a big difference. I'll take ibuprofen if it's particularly bad (which is rare), but in general I think it's better to root out the problem than to simply mask the pain.

Hope you are feeling better soon! :D
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Old 05-28-2005, 10:39 AM   #3
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My hubby has ct. too. He's a drummer and works with computers. I agree with Julie; sleep with braces. That and naprocen (?) help my dh tons when his wrists start acting up. Oh, and get one of those wrist guard pillow things for your keyboard. It helps keep your hands and wrists alighned when you type.

hope you start feeling better soon,
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Old 05-28-2005, 10:44 AM   #4
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Braces, huh? Thanks Julie! I don't know a whole lot about carpal tunnel, so any info is great and appreciated!

Knitting doesn't seem to stress my wrists, thankfully. I hold the needles with a very gentle hold, and my movements are easy. But the computer definitely aggrevates it. And I definitely worsened it this week by working on a crochet project for my niece's birthday. I made the mistake of working into tight stitches with a larger crochet hook, for a particular effect. Looked good, but it was murder trying to get the hook into some of the stitches, and it definitely stressed out my right hand. I should have known better.
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Hi Amy,
I recently attended a seminar on this topic provided by our local hospital.
There were two specialist doctors who gave terrific overviews of carpal tunnel snydrome and hand arthritis. They recommend that you first need to have an examination to determine exactly what the problem is. Many people think they have carpal when really they have hand or finger arthritis. There are many hand/finger exercises you can do as well as using the brace as Julie mentioned. They also discussed sleeping positions and how that can really bother your hand/fingers. The problems you are having a extremely common and usually can be addressed without surgery but you need to have an exam to better understand what you are dealing with. Good luck and hope that it turns out not to be too severe!
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Old 05-28-2005, 10:56 AM   #6
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Thanks Kmmcall, I'll see my naturopathic doctor about it. Good idea.

I woke up with tingling in my right forearm today. Sounds like the brace you two are talking about would be good, since I probably was aggrivating it somehow during the night, to wake up with the tingling.

Okay, I'd better stop replying to every post....just aggrivating it here! *so frustrating*
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Old 05-28-2005, 10:59 AM   #7
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A wrist brace with magnets really helped me. I know alot of debate goes on if this helps or not, but it did help my wrists.
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I have had some trouble with my right wrist (mouse hand) on and off depending on how much computer work I am doing. It is alkward at first, but try using the mouse with your left hand. After a few minutes it gets a lot easier. I also have an ergonomic keyboard, which I think helps a lot.

Also, if this has just started, ice on and off for 15 minutes at a time about 4x per day...reduces inflamation, which is what causes the pain (bunch of nerves going through a small hole...they get inflamed then there isn't enough room through the hole) Also ice after stressful activity...typing for an extended period, knitting, crocheting into tight chain etc.

Hope it feels better soon!
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I have a friend who is an ergonomist, he studies ways to prevent work related injuries. He suggests that one find the proper height for one's keyboard so that there is no torque, or twisting of the wrists when you type. The mouse should be close to the keyboard, so that you're not stretching to get it. The wrist pad is a must. If you could try one out to see how you like it, there are people who swear by the "split" computer keyboard, I think it would take me awhile to get used to.

Good luck! Best wishes for a return to knitting health!
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Gosh Amy, you look way too young to have CT. Mine is still fairly minor after 35+ years at a secretary and still at the computer 8-10 hours a day. The brace(s) is the best thing. But I was told to wear it only at night, not during the day. Any NSAID should help with the pain.

I went to one of those specialty pharmacy stores for my brace (I have it in the left wrist only; odd since I'm a righty) and it was a little pricey, but I suppose I was paying for the woman who fitted it for me. Of course, after I bought it, my doctor said that the type of wrist support they use for bowling would have been just as good and probably cheaper. Of course, he mentioned that AFTER I bought the specialty brace.

It was awful trying to get used to sleeping with it, but persevere. I usually end up wearing it for a week or two. The pain goes away and then I put my brace in the drawer till the next time. As I said my case is probably considered minor, I only have a flare-up once or twice a year (usually in the middle of a super-rush heavy-duty project).

Sara's suggestions on ergonomic computer equipment are excellent. They have all sorts of stuff these days, probably 'cause we're all on computers so much.

And if you do need surgery, ask everyone and anyone in your area for a reference. There are surgeons who specialize in CT and your outcome will probably be better.

There's been a thread on the Ample-Knitters board dealing with CT and some of them say that their doctors recommend knitting as therapy.

Here's hoping you'll be feeling better soon.

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