Carpal Tunnel or Tennis Elbow after years of computer use?
(Los Angeles, CA)
Hello, I am a male of 42 years of age. I'm not sure if I have tendonitis, a start of carpal tunnel, tennis elbow or a combination of all. Here's what I can tell you about myself.
I am a computer operator and have been all my life. I sit in front of a computer many times a day and in the past have typed quite a lot. Nowadays I can't type as much as it is too painful.
What normally occurs is that I type for about 15 minutes and the bottom part of my hand starts to feel pain, also the back of my elbow feels pain and my muscles on my forearm feel soar.
I tend to want to massage them and that seems to help a bit, but not a whole lot. It just makes my arm feel tired and worn out.
Lately I've also been feeling more and more of a numbness turning on as well as the start of a tingling feeling.
The numbness feeling is more felt in the pinky of the hand but not very strong yet. The tingling is not strong, but I do feel it mostly on the bottom of my hand and the top of my hand. Sometimes I scratch my arm from elbow to fingers and that makes the overall arm feel a bit better. It's frustrating as my job forces me to use a keyboard and I am a touch typist, but I know that I can only go for a short bit and have to stop as the pain starts to kick in.
The only other point to mention is that the bottom of my elbow has also felt some pain, but it seems mostly on the top side of the elbow.
Gripping things is totally fine but I'm afraid that if I don't handle this situation, it will result in a more serious condition.
Lastly, in my teen years I
would play quite a bit of tennis and my elbow would get soar from time to time. But I was able to bounce back much easier back then.
Thanks very much for your help!
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So. That's pretty much how the Tendonitis
See: What Is Tendonitis?
You play tennis in your younger years, have years and decades of computer work. You use your muscles, they get tight, they stay tight, connective tissue shrink wraps, things start to have pain and problems.
Do you know that you can have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
AND Tennis Elbow
It's all the same dynamic ultimately, but depending on where you have it and what exactly is going on, symptoms can vary, and/or be variable.
One thing to look out for is, when doing computer work, do you rest your wrists on the desk? Where your wrist is actually in contact with the desk (or keyboard, depending).
This means that you have -weight- pressing on the contact points of your wrist and desk. You can, directly and indirectly, cause Carpal Tunnel Symptoms
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