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07 December 2007 @ 03:33 pm
In need of medical advice - wrist inflammation  
I'm doing it. I'm writing my thesis! *Gasp* And it's going alright so far. I can't say the same for my social activism by women Buddhists paper though. My thesis is due on Monday, and there is no way I can research and write my other 15 pager (in only two days) for Wednesday. I'm going to have to ask for an extra day to hand it in. I really hope she says yes, or the paper is gonna be crap with a capital C.
In other news, something painful has happened to my right hand/wrist. About three days ago, the middle knuckle on my right thumb started to ache. The following day it spread down the rest of my thumb and into my wrist. Yesterday my index finger ached, and the muscles in my forearm were inflamed and strained. There was noticeable swelling.

This would be an incredibly inconvenient time for my hand to poop out since I need to write 55 pages worth of papers in the next week and a half. I went to Duane Reade and picked up Icy Hot, ace bandages, and a wrist guard. The wrist guard seems to be helping some, so I'll continue to wear it for the next couple of days. I'm pretty sure it's not early stage Carpal Tunnel, since I don't seem to have symptoms of numbness, tingling, or itching. But it is something. 

Has anyone experienced anything like this before and can I do anything to alleviate the pain that I'm not already doing?     
Herself_nycherself_nyc on December 7th, 2007 09:06 pm (UTC)
I'd suggest seeing a doctor before it gets even worse.
ClawofCat: buffy poutclawofcat on December 8th, 2007 03:54 am (UTC)
I'll have to wait until Monday. Health services isn't open on the weekend here =(
Sevensevendeadlyfun on December 7th, 2007 10:46 pm (UTC)
Soak them in the hottest water you can stand without actually burning yourself. That's what I do for my tendonitis. That and stretches, but the stretches might make whatever-it-is worse if you've torn the muscle or tendon...Better to see a doctor as soon as you can, just to make sure you haven't torn something.
ClawofCat: pondersclawofcat on December 8th, 2007 03:57 am (UTC)
I don't think I've torn anything since there's no discoloration and the pain isn't sharp or shooting. More of a dull, achey feeling. After you mentioned tendonitis, I looked up the symptoms and it seems like a likely candidate. A few years ago when I was actively playing volleyball in high school, I deveoped Achilles tendontis and it felt similar to this.

I'll have to wait until Monday though for a consultation, since health services is closed over the weekend. Thanks for your input!
Immortal Belovedbeloved_77 on December 8th, 2007 03:31 am (UTC)
Sounds like it could be a few things. Carpal Tunnel is definitely the top of the list, especially if you've been typing a lot for your papers lately. It may not be full-blown yet.

Another option is a ganglion cyst. Are there any lumps anywhere on your wrist on in your thumb? The cyst is a build up of fluid that usually comes from overuse. I had one once. It was painful for the first few days. I wore a wrist brace for about a month and it eventually went away.

You could take an anti-inflammatory or something. There's ibuprophen (Advil) and naproxin (Aleve). Both over-the-counter. You can go to webmd.com to check a list of symptoms, but probably the best thing to do is to see a doctor :-)
ClawofCat: ouchyclawofcat on December 8th, 2007 04:04 am (UTC)
Actually, there is a lumpy thing at the base of my wrist. It's not noticeable just by looking at the skin, but when I felt along the area, there is something raised, almost like a muscle knot.

I took an anti-infammatory and it has helped reduce the swelling. Yay! I'll swing by health services on Monday since they are closed for the weekend.

Thanks for the info!
Immortal Belovedbeloved_77 on December 9th, 2007 05:15 pm (UTC)
Good! Glad to help :-)
Ethanethanoic_acid on December 8th, 2007 06:35 am (UTC)
Oh no, you're breaking too!
Well, I just finished the first 11+ pages of my thesis, and I'm glad for it. See you soon!
ClawofCat: collge is hardclawofcat on December 8th, 2007 06:40 am (UTC)
Congrats! I'm still writing notes and doing my outline. The actual writing will happen tomorrow.

When will you be home, my love? We have a semester's worth of catching up!
Ethanethanoic_acid on December 8th, 2007 06:44 am (UTC)
A week from today I fly to Boston, I return the 16th. I should be working more on my BA, we'll see how much of THAT gets done
226overhill on January 6th, 2008 02:50 am (UTC)
it's not carpal tunnel
I'm kinda late to comment on your hand/wrist/arm pain, but here it is better late than never, I hope. Now that the thesis is written (it is, right?) you need to really pay attention to resting your arm. The pain you felt was a red flag. Do not ignore it. I spent the past 6 years recovering from something that wasn't carpal tunnel...but it hurt like a bitch, forced me to quit my job and only in the past year or so do I have several pain free days in a row. You have/had a repetitive strain injury caused by prolonged use of the same muscles over time without adequate respite. You probably have tangled muscle fibers as a result. You may or may not have joint inflammation, but it doesn't really matter. You need to stop doing anything that hurts, find someone to teach you better body mechanics for doing the things you do a lot, and try to get help repairing/healing the damage.

end of lecture!


ClawofCat: buffy smileclawofcat on January 6th, 2008 09:15 pm (UTC)
Re: it's not carpal tunnel
Thanks so much for your advice. Better late than never, eh? As it turns out, it was Carpal Tunnel, and it has since cleared up. I gave my wrist a long rest and I'm not feeling any pain anymore. They suggested a week of taking it easy, but I tried to stay off the comp for about two weeks. I get a slight ache in my thumb occasionally, but nothing bad.

And the first 25 pages of my thesis is, in fact, written. That only sucked the soul out of me, lol.

Thanks for popping in. Howdy and welcome! I don't believe I've seen you here at my journal before.
226overhill on January 7th, 2008 01:01 am (UTC)
Re: it's not carpal tunnel
I'm glad to know it's not bothering you too much now. Forgive me for the INTENSITY of my belated response. I'm like a former smoker...and since I've switched professions as a result of my injury (I teach Pilates now) I might be just a tad over the line toward zealot. The worst may be over but yplease pay attention to any recurrence of pain and try to use good body mechanics (neutral wrist, vertical pelvis, head over shoulders and etc.) to prevent re-injury.

Yes, I think this is only my first or second post. I'm an avid reader of your Spuffy fan fiction and mostly just lurk here in the shadows. I also write my own fic under the pen name, Satindoll. It's posted at the Spuffy Realm. It's actually just two stories, neither one is finished yet. I keep thinking I'll finish with the next chapter and then I don't. But I have a couple new fics waiting for these to wind up so I'm motivated to get to 'fin'. Now I just need to find the time.

Happy New Year! I m always excited to see that you've updated. Thank you for your solid writing and wonderfully creative tales.

ClawofCatclawofcat on January 7th, 2008 01:29 am (UTC)
Re: it's not carpal tunnel
I have a laptop, but I'm going to switch to using an external mouse and get those mousepads that offer the gel wrist support. I think it mostly happened because of the volume of typing I had to do in a very short period of time. But I'll definately keep the brace handy and remain aware of how it's doing.

Thanks for delurking. I lurked for years before I started writing. It's nice to get "face time" with readers. At least then you know you're not simply talking to yourself =)

As for finishing fics...ha, I know something about that. I have little time to write at all. I can't tell you how many different stories I have at various stages of completion that I can't manage to finish up. So you have my empathy and condolences on that front. It's tough to juggle it all.

Hopefully I can keep on coming up with stories to please you guys. Sometimes it seems like a struggle, especially when I can't meet my own expectations of being more prolific than I have been.