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08 July 2008 @ 03:53 am
The Coauthor Speaks...  

I'll keep this brief.  I've been having wrist pain for about a week now.  Started in my right hand, but within a day it was in both hands, though the right is still far worse.  I took the first available appointment at my doctor, but that's not until the 22nd.  Until then, I've been taking anti-inflammatories and wearing wrist braces.

I was pretty sure it was either tenosynovitis, which my mom had, or carpal tunnel syndrome.  I got tired of driving myself nuts and checked my symptoms (I love about.com for info).  Well, I definitely don't have the specific kind of tenosynovitis Mom had, because I didn't have pain during the simple test for DeQuervain's.  But the test for carpal tunnel felt like someone lit off a firecracker in my wrist.  And aggravated my symptoms to the point where I have tingling, pain, and numbness in my fingers now.

We are still pending a doctor's diagnosis, but I'm 90% certain I have carpal tunnel syndrome.  I don't mind saying I'm scared out of my mind by this.  I had a pen pal when I was a kid - a very sweet lady.  I tried, some years ago, to contact her, and learned that she had carpal tunnel and couldn't write.  At all.  This was a few years back, and I understand the disease is more common and more treatable now, but that is my personal nightmare.  Not being able to write, at all, ever again ... I'm sorry, but life wouldn't be worth living.

I'm being proactive with the wrist braces and Advil, and resting as much as I can.  But your prayers are much appreciated, beloved f-list.  

Signing off,

P.S. We're still working, even if my typing has gone from 45 wpm to about 10 thanks to the wrist braces.  And I quit when it starts to hurt.

Syd Gillsydgill on July 8th, 2008 08:18 am (UTC)
Dude. Been there done that. We should talk on the phone or email sometime soon.

First things first -- do you have an ergo keyboard?
Anissa Roy: Duct tapeanissa7118 on July 9th, 2008 02:38 am (UTC)
We definitely should chat. I'll be online tonight until close to midnight my time. Typing sucks right now, but I can type.

No, I don't have an ergo keyboard. Haven't even seen one in stores for a while. Are they still hideously expensive?
✰ ❝elliαniα❞ ĸatrine: bones; zach comfortelliania on July 8th, 2008 11:46 am (UTC)
Oh, My!! *HUGS YOU TIGHT* I'm so sorry to hear that and I'm so worry about you!! My mom had sugery for both her wrists because of that carpal tunnel syndrome. She's a secretary and works on computer since it has been invented. Just before the surgery, she wasn't even able to hold a plate. I'll pass on the number of dishes she broke. '~'

But! She had it 10 years ago and never had any problem anymore, so, don't be worrying about "not being able to write, at all, ever again". Though surgery isn't something fun, as soon as you'll have the right diagnostic, you'll know what to expect.

Have you a proper position at the computer when you write? Writing at the keyboard is not something naturel for our body and that's why carpal tunnel symdrome is commun for people who writes a lot. Have you a nice desk with a good chair? I therapeutic keyboard with wrist support, maybe? Those might help.

Anyway, I'm wishing you good luck with that and take care!!! I love you so much and I'm very sorry it's happenning to you. But try to stay optimistic! *hugs hugs hugs*

Edited at 2008-07-08 04:22 pm (UTC)
Anissa Royanissa7118 on July 9th, 2008 02:40 am (UTC)
My computer at home is set up correctly, but the work computer has no wrist rest and the keyboard is too high. Doing three weeks of reports in one day is what started this all.

I'm looking into a therapeutic keyboard, too.

*hugs back* Thank you, hon.
saavikam77: Clex Hugssaavikam77 on July 8th, 2008 12:04 pm (UTC)
Oh, honey!! *hugs you tight*

I can't really speak from experience, but my mom suffered from Carpal Tunnel for years, before it seemed to mostly clear up (I don't know that it really did, but she hasn't had to wear wrist braces in a long time). I think it was from crocheting for hours on end. Anyway, it was really hard for her, b/c back then, they didn't really have medicines that could treat the problem, and she had to wear a half cast for hours at a time. I'm sending good thoughts, hoping it won't be anywhere near as bad for you.

On the flip side, there's always voice recognition software. ^_~ *hugs tight*
Anissa Roy: Wordsmithanissa7118 on July 9th, 2008 02:44 am (UTC)
Thank you, Ella. *hugs*

I've been reading into it, and I'm looking at the possibility of getting a nice big shot of cortisone, at least into my right wrist. Some people have up to a year's worth of relief just from that!

And I'm keeping my wrists braced all the time. I have two fairly comfortable, short braces, and two large clunky ones - I wear the short ones to work and the large ones as much as I can. Allowing for showers and meals, I'm spending about 22 hrs in braces. Yay me.

sean_montgomery: Superman - Clois hold mesean_montgomery on July 8th, 2008 02:36 pm (UTC)
*hugs* You know I love you and am thinking about you, babe. Good to see the flist backing me up. ;)

Anissa Roy: Group Huganissa7118 on July 9th, 2008 02:44 am (UTC)
I know. And I love you, too. *hugs back*
Obsessed fangirl: Hugs -- gently!babettew54 on July 8th, 2008 06:35 pm (UTC)
Aww, Anissa, its true it is more common, and I know it's hard not to think the worst. I have a co-worker with the same condition, and she wears a brace, but I know there are ways to fix this for you. {{hugs and prayers}}
Anissa Roy: Sighanissa7118 on July 9th, 2008 02:46 am (UTC)
Thank you, hon. Hugs and prayers are appreciated in equal measure. I'm gonna make myself be positive about this.
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Anissa Roy: my milkshake bringethanissa7118 on July 9th, 2008 02:49 am (UTC)
Thank you, Caroline. BTW, the userpic with this post is to amuse you.

I'm going to the doctor on the 22nd, and I *will* get something done. None of this "oh we'll refer you" and then the referring doc is all "yup, it's carpal tunnel. oh well we don't do anything for it..." I did that with a ganglion cyst one time ... the place with "hand surgery center" on the sign said they don't do surgery. >.< Nah, I'm gonna harass them into giving me some options.
Barbara: Hug Peter MJ SM3htbthomas on July 8th, 2008 10:33 pm (UTC)
That's awful! I would be devastated...

I hope it clears up! Lots of prayers heading your way.
Anissa Roy: Group Huganissa7118 on July 9th, 2008 02:50 am (UTC)
Me too. Thank you so much, Mom. *hugs* I can still type ... some. And not after working all day. But I'm being as proactive as I can.