Tunnel Closed

The past couple of weeks I’ve been experiencing stiffness and a dull ache in my wrist and forearm (left side).  I haven’t thought anything of it and just tried to stretch it off each time a noticed it.  On top of that, I’ve had both hands fall asleep (tingling) a couple of times in the middle of the night and again, I never thought anything of it.

However, today at work my forearm and wrist had such a strong dull ache that it was excruciating.  The pain was horrible and I just kept trying to stretch and then relax it to relieve the pain.  This was probably the wrong thing to do but I couldn’t think of anything else at the time.

I then did what everyone else does and I did a bit of research using my old friend Google.  Google informed me that the symptoms I am experiencing are related to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS).  I don’t know much about this so I did a bit of reading and it sounds like what I’ve got.  One of the reasons I believe I have CTS is because of the Tinel Sign which tells me I’ve definitely got CTS.  When I carry out this simple test my thumb and three fingers (not little finger) all go numb with each tap.  I’ve had a few other people carry out the same test, including my wife, and I’m the odd one out.  However, I’m not one to self-diagnose using the internet (it’s only for a guide) so I’ve got a doctor’s appointment tomorrow morning to see what can be done and hopefully I’ll get some sort of diagnosis (although I haven’t got much faith in General Practitioners).  I mean, even now the pain in my wrist is okay but the dull ache is still there.

From what I’ve researched, there is no proven link between CTS and Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI).  Some people believe the two are linked and others don’t.  Personally, I don’t do anything too repetitive with that hand (insert joke here) so I’m not sure it’s RSI.  I do know (and my wife reminds me of this) that I sleep a bit oddly with my arms in all kinds of weird positions.  Apparantely, if you have your wrist in the wrong position for extended periods of time (i.e. overnight) it can cause problems.  Who knows.  That’s just one factor, there are many others, which is probably why it’s difficult for doctors to determine why someone has the condition in the first place.

But, I’ll find out more tomorrow.  At the moment I’ve got a bandage on my wrist to reduce movement and rest it and I’m drugged up with Ibuprofen.

Janathon figures as follows…

  • Distance Covered Today:  6.78km
  • Total for the Month:  119.28km

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