What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpus is a word derived from the Greek word karpos, which means “wrist.” The wrist is surrounded by a band of fibrous tissue that normally functions as a support for the joint. The tight space between this fibrous band and the wrist bone is called the carpal tunnel. The median nerve passes through the carpal tunnel to receive sensations from the thumb, index, and middle fingers of the hand. Any condition that causes swelling or a change in position of the tissue within the carpal tunnel can squeeze and irritate the median nerve. Irritation of the median nerve in this manner causes tingling and numbness of the thumb, index, and the middle fingers — a condition known as “carpal tunnel syndrome.” – MedicineNet.com

I have been experiencing tingling and numbness feeling on my right hand and arm for more than a year now. I initially thought my hands were just tired because of prolonged use of the computer. I changed my mouse a few times in my desire to make my right hand comfortable while I’m online. I don’t wash my hands right after working for several hours, so I don’t think it’s rheumatism kicking in. I was alarmed when my grip strength decreased and I often drop things.

When I had the chance, I went to see my doctor to find out if it’s related to my Diabetes. Well, it’s not, so she then referred me to the Neurosciences Department to undergo EMG or Electromyography.

I wasn’t prepared for what happened next. I thought it was just a simple check up with another doctor,lol.. The next thing I knew, the lady was poking me with an instrument that sent electricity to my right hand and arm. It’s called a Nerve Conduction test. It’s necessary so they can evaluate the degree of my complaints and to rule out Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Here’s a few photos taken while the lady or med tech was away,lol..

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And it didn’t end there! The doc came and read the results. They were talking medical terms but from the sound of it, I figured I already have CTS. I was right! He then made me sit on a chair and bowed my head and electrified me some more,lol.. This time it was on my nape. Oh, it hurt so bad because he inserted some acupuncture needles too, which also sent electricity to my nape and spine. But luckily, no problem there.

When we’re done, I asked him if CTS has something to do with prolonged use of the computer (typing, right posture and using the mouse). The doc said YES because we exert more effort and put a lot of pressure on our wrists.

I researched on this and found this article that I’d like to share with you, fellow bloggers, just to make you aware of what might happen if we don’t take care of our hands. If you want to read some more, just click the source below.

Computers have long got the rap as one of the leading causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. There are always studies that both support and negate this statement, but it has become one of the leading reasons for missing work.- CTS Place

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