Thursday, October 13, 2005

Speaking of symptoms...

Guess how common Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is in pregnant women?

How about computer programmers?

So, as a pregnant computer programmer, you can imagine my horror to wake up yesterday morning with my right (dominant) hand cycling through various stages of numbness, tingling and burning! It felt much like I hit my funny bone, but in my wrist and the palm of my hand for hours on end.

At first I thought I overdid it teaching yoga the day prior, or maybe slept funny - I'm trying to switch from sleeping on my back. I made an appointment with my trusty RMT, to release tension in my shoulders that I thought was the culprit. After ridding my upper body of said tension with her deft hands, she told me to sleep on things and if I was still experiencing the numbness, to go to my physio.

I spent a restless night (sorry Jason!) of tossing, turning and propping my hand up to ease the aching, unsuccessfully. If flames could shoot from my wrist, they would - Spiderwoman with Flamethrowers!

So off to the physio. More prodding, twisting and turning. Nothing was working. He says CTS and the hackles on the back of my neck go up. CTS is to a programmer what an knee injury is to an athlete. Game over!

Fortunately this type of symptom usually goes away after delivery, when I will no longer be retaining fluid or having crazy levels of hormones running rampant through my body. But I still have months of work left. What to do?

I'll take sore boobs and nausea anyday, thankyouverymuch!

1 comment:

  1. Callie-
    I hope he was wrong... hope you don't have CTS. try gently pushing your hand backwards (starting with your wrist as far back as you can get it without pushing). it's supposed to help open the sheath wround your tendons there, supposed to help relieve the symptoms a little.

    good luck.