Healing time

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Well, I’ll be gone for a while. Today my Army doc diagnosed me with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in my right hand. I began experiencing symptoms at the end of the Soldier of the Year competition about a month ago. I thought that the numbness and tingling was a blood flow issue from wearing my heavy pack. I never go to the doctor at the first signs of trouble as things usually resolve themselves. Not this time. I’ve got a splint for my wrist and will be going to physical rehab. If that doesn’t work I’ll go under the knife. The problem has a genetic component which can be passed on. My father had surgery for Carpal Tunnel on both his wrists.

So–no more typing for me for a while. Ouch…gotta go.

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4 thoughts on “Healing time

    Bill said:
    August 19, 2009 at 3:45 am

    Doug – I have it in both wrists. I got it when I got my first two ‘real’ authoring contracts for MS press. The numbness will drive you nuts. And it goes through a weird progression where it’s uncomfortable and gets progressively worse, then you feel like it’s ‘over’ and that while not cured, it’s not going to get any worse. Then periodically it gest worse. Sleeping is actually a big problem – when you’re hands are at the same level as your heart – they’ll get numb. When they’re over your head, they’ll get numb. Everything leads to numb and when they are numb, you8’ll accidentally sleep on them which makes the whole thing worse. More than anything though – the falling asleep of them will wake you up at night and the tingly feeling is really painful. Not I need 80mg of oxycontin uncomfortable but more like stubbing your toe really hard in the middle of the night uncomfortable. You know it’s mainly temporary but for that 30 seconds to a few minutes it’s going to really suck.

    I’ve been on the fence about surgery – each time I get fed up – say “That’s it I’m going to do it” then make all sorts of excuses to never do it – “Work this, Work that” but if I’m honest, it’s all excuses.

    The real irony about it is that for most of my life, I ridiculed it and said it was a made up disease like ADHD (I’m not qualified to make either critique but running my mouth is something I was very good at and need to continually try to keep it under control 😉 ). I didn’t believe it and thought people wearing those wrist braces were either con artists or attention whores. I was very wrong. Carpal Tunnell is real – too real and it’s insidious b/c it’s right on that verge of where you can easily live your life ignoring it from a medical point of view . It’s seldom bad enough for you to just say “enough – I need to get it fixed NOW” so it just lingers.

    One of my main objectives this year is to get the surgery on both wrists. i’ve already got the diagnosis so now I just need to get it fixed. If you can, just knock it out early and get it over with – that way it won’t get worse and it won’t turn into somehting you ignore (although I don’t think you suffer from denial/procrastination like yours trule). If you don’t beat me to it, I’ll have a report shortly on how bad the surgery is and the aftermath

    kernunos said:
    August 19, 2009 at 5:42 am

    lol, I get 6 hours sleep a night and have played online games for 8 years straight. I hurt……

    Amos Volante said:
    August 20, 2009 at 1:24 am

    I’ve got the symptoms, but the lack of numbness and mildness of the pain tell me I should be OK for quite a while. My job is mousing and typing all day, and it wears me a bit, but hopefully I’ll make it to The Bitter End without the big CT.

    I think, like a knee surgery that was once recommended for me; it is best to at least confirm the need for surgery. I’m not saying put it off to your detriment, just be sure. And once you’re sure, go ahead.

    Also, let her do all the….

    rightriot said:
    August 26, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Hey there,

    I found you linked off of milblogs.com. Couldn’t find a contact email address so I’m dropping you a note here.

    First, this is a form letter, but there’s a real person pasting them. Look into baseball stretches and the wrist stretching exercises they do in aikido. Also stretch out your forearm muscles as much as possible– tension there can use up slack in the tendon and cause problems in your wrist region. You really don’t want carpal, it’s seriously a son of a bitch. Now on to the rest of the form letter.

    I’d like to invite you to the beta of a conservative grassroots news site, rightriot.com. The site isn’t strictly military but a number of our members are past or present soldiers. You can join and link to your blog there, or just post a blurb about rightriot.com on your blog so that your readers will see it. Help us in the fight against socialism in the United States.

    Thanks,
    Bill Wilson
    Rightriot.com

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