Sunday, June 12

Could Be Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

While we were on vacation in Bicol, I experienced shooting pain on the index and middle fingers of my right hand. It did not happen only once; shots of pain continued in intervals of 5 to 10 minutes for more than 48 hours. This kind of pain is no stranger to me as I have already experienced it before when I was still playing the piano. I know that, this time, it could be carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS).

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Now, the shooting pain comes once in a while but I experience numbness from my wrist to the ends of my fingers. My right wrist is also painful sometimes, but I manage to relieve it by massaging it with oil. I know I have to schedule a visit to the doctor to have my wrist checked but what kind of doctor should I see? I don't have a single idea, really.

Common knowledge about CTS is that it is caused by work-related activities such as clicking the computer mouse and typing. However, diabetes also raises the risk of having carpal tunnel syndrome. CTS happens when the median nerve suffers from the pressure of thickened and swollen tendons in the hand. High blood sugar levels makes glucose attach to the tendon proteins which explains the swelling.

My sister, who is a licensed pharmacist by the way, advised me to take in Vitamin B supplements. I haven't bought the meds yet because I want to consult with a doctor first. Gosh! This is the last thing I need right now. I have lots of article writing and editing backlogs.

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1 sweet comments:

Skythia Haven said...

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a compression on the the median nerve due to prolong typing, computer gaming and writing. You can check more information on this site and read more articles on our experts advice.