Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

I assumed that something is wrong when I began to feel pain from my wrists two weeks ago. My work requires me to be in front of a computer 8 hours a day and I didn’t know that this will result to “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome”.

According to Wikipedia, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - median neuropathy at the wrist, is a medical condition in which the median nerve is compressed at the wrist, leading to paresthesias, numbness and muscle weakness in the hand. Night symptoms and waking at night are characteristic of established carpal tunnel syndrome.

There was pain and numbness and ache in the fingers, hand, and wrists. I also had difficulty on grasping things as it made my hand feel weak and clumsy.

CTS usually begin in the third trimester or when nearing the “big day” when women tend to retain more fluids. The symptoms usually go away after giving birth when the swelling finally drop.

Aside from taking Vitamin B Complex, my doctor advised me to limit repetitive hand movements or if my job really requires me this kind of movement, better elevate my chair so that my keyboard and monitor as lowered and my wrists are bent downward.

It also bothers me at night as the pains are more intense. I used some pillows to prop my arm and when I wake up, I tried shaking my hands until the numbness go away.

Carpal tunnel syndrome may little by little settle on its own after giving birth. But if it continues after the baby is born, it is advised to visit a healthcare or an orthopedist if necessary as a specialist might suggest splinting and taking anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen.


Nortehanon said...

Ang officemate ko na-opera dahil dyan :( Ingatan po ang mga kamay.

Dinah said...

oh no, ingat :-)
hirap pag malapit na ang Big Day, ang daming nararamdaman!

Design by Bine said...

I also have this syndrom,and got an operation, it needs 3 years to be better,but still have some problems!
Get well soon!

~tHiAmErE~ said...

i remember when i watched mel & joey & they talked about this..
i got a bit scared nga e
lalo na when i found out that you have to be operated on pa..

Crayons n Pencils said...

I pray that I don't develop this, magpapa-massage na nga ako para marelax ang mga muscles ko, inang!!!


hmmm ito ata mga sakit ng bloggers..hahahah

chubskulit said...

I am having CTS too I think because of blogging. It is painful isn't it..

It must be very hard for you because you are pregnant. Ingat lagi..

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