I've been having issues with my hands and wrists for a while now... since I started playing stepmania.
Now, it's come to a head. Today in school, while writing very fast to keep up with the teacher, my left hand (I use it for everything) started to hurt a lot. Well, not quite my hand, but my wrist and forearm. I could barely write at all after that.

I spend a lot of time on the computer, I type a lot (10-finger, decent but not ideal posture), play Flash Flash Revolution at really high levels (it's similar to dance dance revolution, just with keyboard and a lot faster... not good for the hands), play guitar, piano, and bass. I NEED to be able to do my typing, music, writing, etc. So of course, I'm worried. Is it carpal tunnel?

My mom thinks it's from too much computer use, but I recently messed up my wrist with an awkward fall in sports class (very large swelling for about 20 minutes), and then I spent the next day carrying very heavy furniture around...
I don't know what to make of this or how to fix it. I don't have any real pain in my hands yet, but my left forearm and wrist ache.Is this Carpal Tunnel, or some other disorder? What should I do about it?
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replied March 31st, 2009
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You may want to check with a doctor to be sure you had no injury to your hand...Too much on the computer can be a culprit with the hands...Make sure that your hands are low on a pull out drawer for the mouse and your typing board...These are just a few thoughts on this, but give yourself some rest...Take care of your wrists...Once they go I doubt that they are ever the same...

Good luck,
Caroline
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replied December 13th, 2009
below is the summary of signs of carpal tunnel syndrome. These symptoms need to be present for at least a week or more than three times in the preceding six months.

* Sleep interruption from numb hands and tingling fingers
* Waking up -- Numbness in Hand at Night and Pain in Wrist
* Hand Pain and or Wrist Pain
* Weakness in Hand and Wrist - loss of hand muscles
* Poor Circulation, Hands falling asleep
* Cold Hands - Forearms warm
* Loss of Hand Grip Strength
* Loss of Feeling Sensation in Fingers & Thumb
* Dropping Objects - Forks - Glasses - Pen – etc
* Numbness in Fingers or Tingling - Index, Middle & Ring Finger
* Loss of fine motor skills in hands
* Clumsiness in Hands
* Aching Shoulders and Neck


If you experience these, you should consult a doctor immediately.

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