Won’t be posting for 2 weeks…

From Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Fact Sheet:

Symptoms usually start gradually, with frequent burning, tingling, or itching numbness in the palm of the hand and the fingers, especially the thumb and the index and middle fingers. Some carpal tunnel sufferers say their fingers feel useless and swollen, even though little or no swelling is apparent. The symptoms often first appear in one or both hands during the night, since many people sleep with flexed wrists. A person with carpal tunnel syndrome may wake up feeling the need to “shake out” the hand or wrist. As symptoms worsen, people might feel tingling during the day. Decreased grip strength may make it difficult to form a fist, grasp small objects, or perform other manual tasks. In chronic and/or untreated cases, the muscles at the base of the thumb may waste away. Some people are unable to tell between hot and cold by touch. [boldface mine, and yes, there are other sensations/pains]

In one way, this is a relief: This means that it is officially not my job to promote this blog anymore – if you care for the work done here, that’s entirely your job now.

I’ll check e-mail every day, and respond when I can. A reduced posting schedule will mark this blog from now on. And yes, I’m looking for a doctor now.

10 Comments

  1. Oh no! I had that really, really bad a few years ago. Could hardly even brush my own teeth or hair for months, and nearly had to drop out of school. That was some of the worst pain I’ve ever been in (and believe me, I know a thing or two about pain. Long story.)

    I’m no doctor, but the doctors I saw were no help at all until I found this guy:
    http://www.advtherapy.net/html/carpaltunnel.pdf

    Two sessions with him, and the pain was almost completely gone. I’m pretty much fine now. I know you’re not in LA, but you might consider calling his office & asking them to recommend a doctor in your area. Like I said I’m certainly not a doctor, but this guy’s method worked like a charm for me. And I’m not easy to treat…

  2. Hey Ashok! Dude it sucks to hear this news man… I had a similar experience with carpal tunnel a couple year back. It was unbearable and frightening, but a short break will be all it takes to heal. Don’t let all these articles scare you like they did me, I’m sure you’ll be healed up soon! Take care, brother.

  3. Oh yeah, brace while on computer and ICE your wrist to take down the carpal swelling. I’ve had it for years and years and if you are careful and manage it well–it doesn’t have to be burdensome so don’t let folks scare ya.

    I even have one cheap brace in the freezer. If it gets bad I just put that on before bed and by the morning–I’m fine.

    It’s the first bout that knocks you. After that, if you take care of it–you’ll be okay.

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