I think I have carpal tunnel syndrome. :|I'm writing this post on Sunday night. Late last Thur
Image via Wikipediasday night, my left hand started to tingle and feel numb. All day Friday it was the same, but I brushed it off, thinking that I was probably just feeling tired because of sleeping very late the past few nights. But then Saturday came, and my left hand was still tingling and numb. I finally researched online Saturday morning... and all the symptoms point to CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME!!! At first, I admit... I panicked. I got scared. I cried. I thought of the worst possible scenario... that I'd actually lose my hand!!! Then what would I do with a court reporting career, right?! But I really doubt that would happen!!! The articles I researched on the Internet all say that carpal tunnel is very common actually. And it's a great thing that I'm catching it early to do as much damage control as possible! I found this article to be especially helpful -- http://www.ehow.com/how_5046401_treat-hand-tingling-numbness.html That Saturday morning, I sent an email to my employer notifying them that I believe I've developed carpal tunnel syndrome. I asked that they please help me by purchasing the following for my workstation: - A SMALLER MONITOR, so I can push the keyboard away from me and actually be able to rest my forearms on the desk. I currently have a ginormous monitor, and my forearms are dangling mid-air! (BTW, I do billing! Therefore, I'm constantly on the computer doing data entry!) - AN ERGONOMIC KEYBOARD. I already bought myself an ergonomic mouse that I use. Now I obviously need the keyboard as well.
Image via Wikipedia- A WRIST SPLINT. This would be the cheapest item on the list, but I'm sure would also help a great deal in helping my wrist, hand, and forearm stay as straight as possible. - A NEW CHAIR, so I can pull it more upward and to be more parallel to my desk. The chair I currently have inches its way down every time I sit on it. On Saturday night, I rested my left hand on an ice pack. It was so cold, but I kept my hand there for 2-3 hours. The next morning (today), I woke up and my wrist was NOT tingling anymore! But throughout the day, especially as I was driving and on my computer, my left hand would start to tingle again. PRAY FOR ME!!! I'm doing all I can for now to prevent or do as much damage control to this presumptive carpal tunnel syndrome I have. Next Step: See a doctor! I'll update again when i know more! (Jeremiah 29:11)