Well, today is one year too late. I really feel like I’ve been abusing myself by not taking care of my RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury), which has now formed into carpal tunnel.
Between my daily commute where I put pressure on the wrist, the 8+ hour work days where I hold my mouse improperly, and the additional time on the computer at home has taken a toll on my right arm and wrist.
Now of course, this is a self diagnosis. I have not spoken to a trained professional, except for my family friend who is a licensed chiropractor. She has guided me for several months, reducing the strain on my wrist nearly 80%! This is huge. However, it’s still unbearable. I’m currently scheduling doctor visits with our local “Hand Center of Louisiana” to get my wrist checked out.
I’m feeling nervous, but less than I was eight months ago. I decided to postpone this procedure because I thought that it would take several months of recovery. After speaking with a colleague , it’s now apparent that I will be able to recover within two hours, functional recovery in four days and complete recovery within three months. That’s not bad.
If you’re experiencing pains in your wrist please consider getting ergonomic equipment such as a standing desk, vertical mouse, and standing desk! If you do not want to stand then invest in a proper chair that can support your body type with the option of adjusting between 90 and 130 degrees to allow for proper blood flow.
Seriously, take care of yourself. Invest in proper equipment, good food, and study materials!
Edit: I visited a doctor to undergo extended rehab. We identified about eight (8) areas of concern that have all lead to the issues in my arm and wrist. Seriously, starting in my ankles, progressing through the hips and through the spine… Please, spend the time to take care of yourself with daily stretching and ergonomic checkups. Doing this can help you avoid serious irreversible damage to your body.