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09 January 2007 @ 08:39 pm
not good news  
went to the doctor

i have carpal tunnel syndrome :(

things may be capsless around here for awhile yet...

(yes, i am now wearing the attractive braces on both wrists)

(and they don't even match)

Current Mood: depresseddepressed
Catheadchymerikaen on January 10th, 2007 01:54 am (UTC)
Ugh, I totally sympathize. I've got carpal tunnel too, complete with the lovely braces. I do lots of stretching exercises for my hands and wrists and it seems to let me knit and type with a minimum of pain. When it gets really bad, I have to wear the braces all the time, but otherwise I can get away with only wearing them while I sleep. It's a horrible pain in the ass, but it's better than surgery.
DrWorm: chaosdrworm on January 10th, 2007 02:00 am (UTC)
:( argh, that sucks. but i'm glad you've found a way to keep doing your knitting!

i knew this would be coming eventually, since i've had episodes of severe pain caused by excessive drawing before. but this is the first time i've had swelling, tingling, burning, etc. no fun, obviously.

what kinds of exercises do you do, if it's not too much trouble? she didn't give me any recommendations or suggestions, but i'd really be grateful to know what kind of stuff might help, even just a little bit...
Catheadchymerikaen on January 10th, 2007 02:21 am (UTC)
It's hard to describe them so I googled some websites - I do some of the ones on these, and I take a ball of silly putty and work it with one hand, flattening it and stretching it out (I started doing it for a count of 30 and then worked up to longer stretches of time), and then with the other hand.

My doctor recommends these ones. The wrist stretches are good. Also, I find that I tend to sleep with my wrists bent, so if I sleep in my braces, then I don't have to wear them all day. I hope that helps! Oh, and I iced them alot or used IcyHot at the beginning.