I use my laptop a lot and my right arm has been having an on-off pain where id have to rest it for a while. However recently i had my university exams and it was agonizing to write and was so painful. I had to take a pain relief medicine in order to be able to write the next day. The pain was usually in my hand/finger and wrist and occasionally my elbow where it was resting on the desk. I thought once my exams were over id be fine however, the pain still stayed and i started having pain in my elbow and my top arm next to my shoulder. Also, my fingers have become quite stiff. its a constant daily pain and not quite sure what to do .
It is possible that you might have developed inflammation of the soft tissues of the hand or wrist. Some structures that may be involved include the tendons, ligaments, bursas (fluid filled structures which act as cushions), etc.
The best way to know the cause would be to consult your doctor for a examination, and to confirm the exact condition.
In the mean time, some options for self treatment may include: Splinting of the hand (to help prevent wrist movement and hence the pain) ; Oral anti-inflammatory medications (to reduce the swelling and pain); Changing position of a computer keyboard, or other ergonomic changes and if the symptoms are very severe avoiding working on the laptop for a few days. Application of Ice will also be very helpful.
Ive been to the local national health service today to get it checked out. However the doctor did not seem bothered and didn't even bother looking at my arm. All she had said was to take pain killers mainly Ibuprofen. I honestly don't know how painkillers can help solve the problem apart from relieving me from the pain for a while.
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