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Carpal tunnel or Arthritus 01:03 - Sep 19 with 1254 viewswkj

Being a professional keyboard jockey, carpal tunnel seems to be an inevitability I will face, if not facing it already, so was just sounding out anyone that may have or had it and who has had surgery of other treatment.

My symptoms are mostly in the area on the back of the hand between the little finger and his neighbour. Although i am wandering if I might be looking at the Arthritis problem too as I get shooting pain in my wrist occasionally when bracing them in an L shape, such as getting up out of a char or what not.

Just curious what treatments are like and how well the pain can be managed as I get further along in the game of life. I tend to avoid a lot of online articles or symptom checkers as I usually manage to some how end up with an incurable life threatening condition.

Got a GP visit booked for next week, but the old cogs be a churnin' and will be until then.

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Carpal tunnel or Arthritus on 01:10 - Sep 19 with 1116 viewsjeera

Check the obvious, posture, hand to keyboard angles etc.

I get horrible pain in my hand/wrist when I get a bit lazy typing.

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Carpal tunnel or Arthritus on 03:08 - Sep 19 with 1102 viewsGuthrum

A good excercise for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is to hold the relevant arm out in fron to you with the hand flat, palm facing down. Tilt your hand down so the fingers are pointing at the ground. With your other hand, pull the fingers towards you without bending the CTS arm, in other words putting tension on the wrist. Supposedly relieves pressure on the canal the nerve goes through (which is what causes CTS).

I've found that helps.

Don't like the sound of the medical treatment, which involves cutting the nerve. But if someone is in chronic pain, that might be necessary.

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Carpal tunnel or Arthritus on 05:36 - Sep 19 with 1064 viewsRyorry

Impeded my career (wanted to work with horses) from 16 onwards, couldn't lift water buckets etc repeatedly. Pain was aways between thumb & forefinger, both hands, down into wrist.

Wasn't till I was 50 & following successful surgery on my neck that I got it sorted. The neuro-surgeon, in a follow-up appointment, half jokingly asked ifthere was anything else he could do, and I (also half-jokingly) said "well, I've got this problem that I think's carpal tunnel" & he replied "yep, I can do that for you" - and he did, cut both nerves, hugely successful, no pain or side effects since, never looked back, wished I'd had it done 30 years earlier.

Thank you NHS!

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Carpal tunnel or Arthritus on 07:24 - Sep 19 with 970 viewsslump

Carpal tunnel symptoms affect your thumb, first and middle finger as well as your elbow or upper arm. It's the nerve that is connected to those three that is compressed. I regularly used to lose sensation or get pins and needles in my fingers.

Before I had the op there were some days I couldn't work and was often woken up in the night with shooting pains up my arm.

Go to the docs

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Carpal tunnel or Arthritus on 07:44 - Sep 19 with 946 viewsChurchman

Carpal tunnel or Arthritus on 03:08 - Sep 19 by Guthrum

A good excercise for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is to hold the relevant arm out in fron to you with the hand flat, palm facing down. Tilt your hand down so the fingers are pointing at the ground. With your other hand, pull the fingers towards you without bending the CTS arm, in other words putting tension on the wrist. Supposedly relieves pressure on the canal the nerve goes through (which is what causes CTS).

I've found that helps.

Don't like the sound of the medical treatment, which involves cutting the nerve. But if someone is in chronic pain, that might be necessary.


I did a fair bit of health and safety training 16 years ago when my employers took it seriously as nearly everyone was using computers and RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) was a concern. Guthrum’s is a good exercise and as for surgery, the success rate used to be mixed. Hopefully they’ve learned a lot more now.

In computer/mouse work, posture is everything. Straight back, right angle forearms/thighs and trying not to bend wrists along with proper distance from kit not looking up at the screens. Regular breaks etc. Easier said than done of course, in the real world. One thing I did find useful was learning to use a mouse left handed and the keyboard where just one hand was needed to give the right side a break.

See what the doc says is the thing to do and try and get a referral to a specialist if necessary.
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Carpal tunnel or Arthritus on 07:49 - Sep 19 with 931 viewswkj

Carpal tunnel or Arthritus on 07:44 - Sep 19 by Churchman

I did a fair bit of health and safety training 16 years ago when my employers took it seriously as nearly everyone was using computers and RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) was a concern. Guthrum’s is a good exercise and as for surgery, the success rate used to be mixed. Hopefully they’ve learned a lot more now.

In computer/mouse work, posture is everything. Straight back, right angle forearms/thighs and trying not to bend wrists along with proper distance from kit not looking up at the screens. Regular breaks etc. Easier said than done of course, in the real world. One thing I did find useful was learning to use a mouse left handed and the keyboard where just one hand was needed to give the right side a break.

See what the doc says is the thing to do and try and get a referral to a specialist if necessary.


My sitting posture isn't that great sadly, thought I have switched to a standing desk which is much better on me I feel

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Carpal tunnel or Arthritus on 08:02 - Sep 19 with 912 viewsChurchman

Carpal tunnel or Arthritus on 07:49 - Sep 19 by wkj

My sitting posture isn't that great sadly, thought I have switched to a standing desk which is much better on me I feel


Some people at my former work used those and said they helped. Despite understanding what posture should be, mine was dreadful. When you are busy and concentrating such things go out of the window. But when pain strikes one has to try and sort it!

One thing I did do always was avoid resting wrists on the desk (keeping hands in line with forearm like a pianist) and to help that I always had the keyboard flat. That actually was a recommendation years ago, but I don’t know if it is now. It worked for me.
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Carpal tunnel or Arthritus on 08:12 - Sep 19 with 891 viewsGlasgowBlue

Carpal tunnel symptoms tend to be pins and needles, rather than pain, at the base of the thumb and first finger, it can be out right by a simple op.

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Carpal tunnel or Arthritus on 08:22 - Sep 19 with 883 viewshoppy

Carpal tunnel or Arthritus on 05:36 - Sep 19 by Ryorry

Impeded my career (wanted to work with horses) from 16 onwards, couldn't lift water buckets etc repeatedly. Pain was aways between thumb & forefinger, both hands, down into wrist.

Wasn't till I was 50 & following successful surgery on my neck that I got it sorted. The neuro-surgeon, in a follow-up appointment, half jokingly asked ifthere was anything else he could do, and I (also half-jokingly) said "well, I've got this problem that I think's carpal tunnel" & he replied "yep, I can do that for you" - and he did, cut both nerves, hugely successful, no pain or side effects since, never looked back, wished I'd had it done 30 years earlier.

Thank you NHS!


Doesn't sound as though the neck surgery was all that successful really - if you say you've never looked back since?

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Carpal tunnel or Arthritus on 12:24 - Sep 19 with 798 viewsRyorry

Carpal tunnel or Arthritus on 07:49 - Sep 19 by wkj

My sitting posture isn't that great sadly, thought I have switched to a standing desk which is much better on me I feel


I find a back stool like this very helpful, keeps you in the correct position & is v. comfortable for lengthy periods. Your bum sits on the higher part with your knees either side on the lower part. Other makes are available! (but they do tend to be pricey, just google.)



Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome/RSI do vary from person to person, and incorporate any or all of pain, numbness and pins & needles.

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Carpal tunnel or Arthritus on 12:50 - Sep 19 with 750 viewspinewoodblueboy

Will probably be shot down in flames here, but I went down the supplement route back in March. Glucosamine, turmeric & vitamin b complex. Has eased it considerably even though lots of hedge cutting & pruning this year. Accept many will think it’s Mumbo Jumbo though. Alternatively, there are wrist casts available that can ease the symptoms as Mrs Pinewood will testify.
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Carpal tunnel or Arthritus on 12:53 - Sep 19 with 740 viewsRyorry

Carpal tunnel or Arthritus on 12:50 - Sep 19 by pinewoodblueboy

Will probably be shot down in flames here, but I went down the supplement route back in March. Glucosamine, turmeric & vitamin b complex. Has eased it considerably even though lots of hedge cutting & pruning this year. Accept many will think it’s Mumbo Jumbo though. Alternatively, there are wrist casts available that can ease the symptoms as Mrs Pinewood will testify.


Oooh - careful, you may need this!


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Carpal tunnel or Arthritus on 12:58 - Sep 19 with 726 viewspinewoodblueboy

Carpal tunnel or Arthritus on 12:53 - Sep 19 by Ryorry

Oooh - careful, you may need this!



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Carpal tunnel or Arthritus on 12:59 - Sep 19 with 723 viewsfooters

Sorry if already mentioned, but my young catamite at work developed RSI at a v tender age. He swears by his ergonomic keyboard and mouse. If you haven't got them already, I'd look into it.

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Carpal tunnel or Arthritus on 13:04 - Sep 19 with 711 viewspinewoodblueboy

Carpal tunnel or Arthritus on 12:59 - Sep 19 by footers

Sorry if already mentioned, but my young catamite at work developed RSI at a v tender age. He swears by his ergonomic keyboard and mouse. If you haven't got them already, I'd look into it.


Ergonomic is a fine word Mr Footers, very underused in our rich & varied language.
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Carpal tunnel or Arthritus on 13:11 - Sep 19 with 701 viewsfooters

Carpal tunnel or Arthritus on 13:04 - Sep 19 by pinewoodblueboy

Ergonomic is a fine word Mr Footers, very underused in our rich & varied language.


Hello mate :)

I hope you're enjoying the lovely weather today while out on your rounds!

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Carpal tunnel or Arthritus on 13:17 - Sep 19 with 683 viewspinewoodblueboy

Carpal tunnel or Arthritus on 13:11 - Sep 19 by footers

Hello mate :)

I hope you're enjoying the lovely weather today while out on your rounds!


I am indeed kind Sir. Plenty to do for my weird & wonderful clientele. It was one of these that put me onto the supplementary remedies for my knackered wrist. I trust you are fine and dandy dear boy?
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Carpal tunnel or Arthritus on 13:22 - Sep 19 with 664 viewsfooters

Carpal tunnel or Arthritus on 13:17 - Sep 19 by pinewoodblueboy

I am indeed kind Sir. Plenty to do for my weird & wonderful clientele. It was one of these that put me onto the supplementary remedies for my knackered wrist. I trust you are fine and dandy dear boy?


I've heard wonderful things about turmeric but had assumed my weekly curry intake had me covered!

Yes, all is well, thank you, me old mucker. A busy week but the devil makes work for idle hands... I will have to wait for the weekend to put them to use now ;)

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Carpal tunnel or Arthritus on 13:26 - Sep 19 with 651 viewsfooters

Carpal tunnel or Arthritus on 12:53 - Sep 19 by Ryorry

Oooh - careful, you may need this!



Those tinfoil suits are all well and good until you let out a ripper of a trump.

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Carpal tunnel or Arthritus on 19:48 - Sep 19 with 542 viewsEireannach_gorm

Carpal tunnel or Arthritus on 12:50 - Sep 19 by pinewoodblueboy

Will probably be shot down in flames here, but I went down the supplement route back in March. Glucosamine, turmeric & vitamin b complex. Has eased it considerably even though lots of hedge cutting & pruning this year. Accept many will think it’s Mumbo Jumbo though. Alternatively, there are wrist casts available that can ease the symptoms as Mrs Pinewood will testify.


I believe Glucosamine, turmeric & vitamin b complex only work for Arthritis.
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Carpal tunnel or Arthritus on 19:59 - Sep 19 with 532 viewsPortwoman

Carpal tunnel or Arthritus on 07:49 - Sep 19 by wkj

My sitting posture isn't that great sadly, thought I have switched to a standing desk which is much better on me I feel


Standing is perhaps a good idea for you. I always had my chair in a high position so my fingers were not operating at a higher level than my wrist, and always had to raise the height of the chair when sitting at someone else's desk. Have never had any carpal tunnel or arthritic symptoms but maybe that's just luck!
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Carpal tunnel or Arthritus on 20:19 - Sep 19 with 517 viewsericclacton

I can help you, wot you need to do is saw the legs half way up on your desk buy a deck chair adjust the deck chair to it's highest point by doing this you will be able to reach the keyboard with your trotters, thus being able to type with the digits of the foot.
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Carpal tunnel or Arthritus on 20:19 - Sep 19 with 515 viewswkj

Carpal tunnel or Arthritus on 20:19 - Sep 19 by ericclacton

I can help you, wot you need to do is saw the legs half way up on your desk buy a deck chair adjust the deck chair to it's highest point by doing this you will be able to reach the keyboard with your trotters, thus being able to type with the digits of the foot.


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Carpal tunnel or Arthritus on 23:48 - Sep 19 with 469 viewsjaykay

the wife has had carpal tunnel done on both hands this year. she having her trapezium removed on one hand at the end of the month. two knee replacements all due to arthritis.
it seems the trouble is if it is arthritis and you have treatment to help in one spot, it then looks for other joints to attack.
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Carpal tunnel or Arthritus on 23:52 - Sep 19 with 464 viewswkj

Carpal tunnel or Arthritus on 23:48 - Sep 19 by jaykay

the wife has had carpal tunnel done on both hands this year. she having her trapezium removed on one hand at the end of the month. two knee replacements all due to arthritis.
it seems the trouble is if it is arthritis and you have treatment to help in one spot, it then looks for other joints to attack.
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It really isn't too encouraging, but very true. My mum has rheumatoid and it just goes all over the place from one day to the next.

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