58 year old Millwright, Tendonitis or Carpal Tunnel?

by Terry

I am a 58 yr old male, and have been a millwright for approx 30 years. The last couple of years I have been experiencing numbness and tingling in my fingers.

This occurs even when driving, my fingers feel like they are going to sleep. Also, my hands ache at night by times that they wake me out of my sleep.

If I bend my wrist towards my forearm a certain way it feels as if someone is giving me a shock.

Is this more likely to be tendonitis or carpal tunnel. I have taken anti inflamatories, and as soon as I finish, the problem is still there.

Aspirin helps some, but still there.


Joshua Answers:

Hi Terry.

Yeah, Anti-inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen don't fix anything. They're just good to get you through the day.

The only real difference between Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Tendonitis, specifically Wrist Tendonitis, is nerve issue including numbness and tingling in the hand and fingers.

The 'shock' can show up with either diagnosis.

The DYNAMIC is the same. Increasing tightness, increasing inflammation, increasing, and it feeds on itself to create more of the same over time. That's the Pain Causing Dynamic.

What have you done to help this other than anti-inflammatories?

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Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
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