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A fun-filled morning of self-diagnosis.


Posted at 05 Nov 2008 11:43:28 AM

From WebMD:
"Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) one of the buzz phrases of the 90's and 21st century.

Typical complaints of those with CTS involve numbness, tingling on the palm side of the thumb , index, middle and thumb side of the ring fingers as well as weakness of grip. People affected by median nerve pressure at the wrist will also describe painful or electric shock-like sensation radiating into the hand or back up the forearm. Not everyone has all the classic symptoms but will have some variation or combination. For instance, only one or two fingers may be numb."

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Well, fuck. Fuckity fuck fuck fuck. FUCK.

I thought that CTS means that your wrist and hands hurt all the time, not just that they're weirdly internally-cold at the fingertips, and sort of pins-and-needles like your arm is asleep and doesn't ever wake up. I thought the pins-and-needles meant it couldn't be CTS. And here I thought (logically) that CTS would make my whole hand hurt, and because the outsides (pinkie sides) really kinda don't, maybe I just have blood flow problems or some shit.

Clearly I'm wrong. Oh, hells.

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