Darn my hand's asleep again.

@Hatley (164743)
Garden Grove, California
February 12, 2013 10:46pm CST
No wonder I make so many typos as I have again got a siege of carpal tunnel syndrome. I tell you frankly its really the pits. I can stop and the blood will again flow into my hand and maybe I will be okay for a long time and again like tonight maybe I am ready to throw my keyboard out the window and maybe my hand too. Your take fellow my lotters. what can I do to get rid of this?Help.
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@ElicBxn (60763)
• United States
13 Feb 13
Do you have a wrist brace you could wear? That sometimes helps. Generally speaking, surgery is about the final route with carpal tunnel.
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• United States
13 Feb 13
That was my first thought....a wrist brace. It might help a little and keep your fingers from getting numb. My daughter has carpal tunnel in both wrists. She had surgery and they told her it's a 50/50 that she won't get it back. She did get it back after a while so the surgery didn't work for her, unfortunately.
@Hatley (164743)
• Garden Grove, California
13 Feb 13
hi ElicBxn and Kashmeresmy cat yes I think finally I am going to have to get a wrist brace but am waiting to get my catalog from United Health care as they have a perk where we get to order free over the counter medications and wrist braces and other types of braces.I think I get one every three months so am about due. If I can get one free that will be great. As for surgery I think my hernia is a lot more important to get repaired than anything else. Its an abdominal hernis and its been triggering abdominal cramps from my diverticulitis.So the sooner the better.
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@ElicBxn (60763)
• United States
14 Feb 13
Oh, yeah, hernia is WAY more important! Now, you want to hear about my double procedure? At that time my OB/Gyn only worked with one hospital, but he didn't want to knock me out for the procedure I needed. However, when I needed shoulder surgery right after he told me that (like in a couple of weeks), I called him and had the two docs do it at the same time (well, the OB/Gyn ducked in before the orthopedic guy went after my shoulder.) So, I got a two-fer...
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@GardenGerty (96670)
• Marion, Kansas
14 Feb 13
Something that often seems to help is to wear a brace or support. I actually have some with copper thread in them that I have had for years, but I cannot always find them. I also have a tennis wrist band and it seems to work just as well for providing that extra support. You would want to take it off every so often because you do not want to mess up your circulation, but I do find it to be helpful for my right wrist especially.
@Hatley (164743)
• Garden Grove, California
24 Mar 13
hi GardenGerty every three months I get a catalog of freebees for over the counter meds and devices with a certain dollar amount and in there there is always a brace for people with carpal tunnel syndrome so when I get that I am going to send off for the one for my right hand. This catalog is from my health insurance. also I will get tennis wrist band and also try that. hanks for the tips.
@blue65packer (11835)
• United States
14 Feb 13
I developed carpal tunnel Syndrome when I cooked at an Italian resturant. I cooked alot of pasta dishes! I did alot of flipping of the pasta dishes while they were being cooked on the stove. I cooked them in medium skillets. My carpal tunnel got so bad I had suregery in 1998 on both arms. I've had no trouble since.
@Hatley (164743)
• Garden Grove, California
24 Mar 13
hi bluet65packer I do think since I have to have a diabetic checkup I will also talk to my doctor about my carpal tunnel syndrome as its reallyh getting to me now.
@inertia4 (27395)
• United States
13 Feb 13
We all have tired hands after a while. But you can go and get that software that you can speak and it types for you. I think its called dragon or something like that. It is a speech to text program. That might help you with your typing. And give your hands a rest.
• United States
13 Feb 13
I've heard about those and it would be a nice thing to have for myLot for sure. Especially those wh o are better at speaking than typing. I'm not that person though i discuss well while typing and speaking would just come out...wrong.
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@Hatley (164743)
• Garden Grove, California
13 Feb 13
hi inertia and echo I am not sure I could afford that but it would be lovely if I could as it would spare my wrist.I think I will have to get a carpal tunnel brace for my right wrist and I will have to wait til I get the catalog from my HMO as it has all over the counter things and they are free up to fifty dollars.so that might really help me a lot. I can ask my doctor for more help as all he said was to rest my wrist and stop typing.Now how can I earn on myhlot if I cannot type?
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@Hatley (164743)
• Garden Grove, California
14 Feb 13
when the needles and pins start pricking my fingers its really painful indeed. I can get the brace freee when I get the freebee catalog as I saw them in there so must get one this time as its free cannot beat that.
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@blackrusty (3532)
• Mexico
13 Feb 13
well for some you may want to try nateraly speaking dragon you talk it type for you i have used it in the past and it was a great program and worked well but for like my lot i dont know if it will work as you can see i am not using it i dont have it on this computer good luck to you and speedy recover of the fingers
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@Hatley (164743)
• Garden Grove, California
13 Feb 13
hi blackrusty I have heard about that and it would be really great but afraid its too expensive as I am on a very small budget.I would love to be able t o afford that program for myself. I have to see my doctor soon for a diabetic checkup so will tell himI am having some problems with my right wrist
• Mexico
13 Feb 13
they use to have a free one it may be worth the online search for you to see
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@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
13 Feb 13
Allknowing gave you a great page, one I am keeping. I don't have carpal tunnel, but remember when I had tendinitis? If you scroll down the page allknowing shared, about a 1/3 down, second picture of a guy in a sleeveless blue shirt, the exercise he is doing is what I do when I feel my wrist start aching and it work to keep the pain away. So maybe experiment, find out which exercise(s)works best for you...
@Hatley (164743)
• Garden Grove, California
13 Feb 13
yes I really did do some of those exerecise when I opened the site as it seemed to help a lot.Today my wirst just aches but I am always leery as it will progress as I type more. Now how the heck am I supposed to mylot if my dumb hand goes numb. I ha e to have a diabetic checkup soon so am going to ask my doctor for more help on this.All he said before w as to stop tying when nmy wrist started to tingle. some help that was.
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• United States
14 Feb 13
Do you take breaks? For example, after replying to a couple posts, take a 2 minutes break and stretch? Breaks are very important for our wrists...
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@Hatley (164743)
• Garden Grove, California
14 Feb 13
hi carm my son just told me that oo and I am going to start doing that from now on and let my wrist and riggt hand rest. might help a lot too.
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@celticeagle (117235)
• Boise, Idaho
13 Feb 13
Maybe when you get this it is actually time for a break. I get it occasionally myself and I feel it is break time and so I get a rest. It sure hurts too. I don't think you can get rid of it. I got a pair of braces I would have to wear on my wrists and forearms but it made it very hard to type. I don't use them.
@Hatley (164743)
• Garden Grove, California
13 Feb 13
hi celticEagle yes it was so apparent last night that I had to stop and I kept on bu t I do not think its wise to do that. At times It will not bother me while mylotting but will wake up in the middle of the night with my hand asleep and starting t o hurt as blood comes back into it.I can get a brace for my right hand free when I get my HMO freebee catalog so am waiting for that. I am supposed to get one every three months.I knew last night I should have quit but if I had my roomie would be nagging me every five minutes with"how much longer you gonna stay " She wants me to go to bed at 8 pm which is really stupid as I would just lie there and toss and turn. My bedtime has been for many years ten to 11 pm.I have not gone to bed at 8 since I was a child.Sometimes I wish I had a private room but no I have to have company I guess.I do not dislike Kathy as she has Alzheimer and is quickly losing all her memory . I help her all I can but last night I realized something she is truly selfish maybe thats because she is senile I guess.She seldom ever cares about me or my problems as she totally focused on her pains and pain meds and sleeps all day.
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@celticeagle (117235)
• Boise, Idaho
14 Feb 13
SOunds like you have a circulation problem in your hands. What is this HMO freebie thing? I have medicare. DOn't you? Must be a California thing or something. Yes, Kathy does have her way doesn't she? I don't remember the last time I went to bed at 8p.
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@Hatley (164743)
• Garden Grove, California
24 Mar 13
hi celtic eagle yes its from my hmo gap insurance united Health care and every three months I gt a new catalog with a certain dollar amount I can order and its all free and they do have wrist braces for carpal tunnel syndrome and I do have Medicare too. I think I was eight when I went to bed at 8 0 clock. lol
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@JohnRok1 (2051)
13 Feb 13
Perhaps the cheapest mobile with a usb link to your computer could be used to input the letters, but you'd get tired of that pretty quickly, too.
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@Hatley (164743)
• Garden Grove, California
13 Feb 13
hiJohn I must be one in a zillion but I do not have even a cheap mobile with a usb link to my computer. My son does have one but hes three miles away lol.I think I am going to have to get a carpal tunnel brace for my right wrist from the freebie catalog which I get from my hmo.It would be free but I am still waiting to get the catalog . they are sent every three months and we get to pick out forty or fifty dollars worth of over the counter things free not even postage all free. Also I need to see my doctor about a diabetic check up so need to ask him for more help about my right wrist.
@JohnRok1 (2051)
13 Feb 13
I mentioned cheapness with the intention that perhaps you could get hold of one, maybe even someone your son knows is getting rid of theirs and it would otherwise be recycled?
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@Hatley (164743)
• Garden Grove, California
14 Feb 13
hi John yes thats really a thought I can email my son or call his cellphone if its not turned off lol and he could find one that a cheapie meanwhile I do have to see my primary care doctor anyway for a diavetic check up so will talk tol him as i think I havew got to the stage where I need a wrist brace for my life hand . If h e has any mecidation for it that would be good too.
@jenny1015 (13390)
• Philippines
13 Feb 13
I think that all of us active members here would be suffering the same condition. And I guess the only way to get rid of it is to slow down a bit in getting online and let our hands rest. Yeah right! Well, there really is no stopping me now, most especially if I have the time to be online. But seriously, you can do a few things at home to help your hand and wrist feel better: *One should stop activities that cause numbness and pain. And you should also rest your wrist longer between activities. *Put ice on your wrist for 10 to 15 minutes 1 or 2 times an hour. Try taking a pain reliever to ease the pain.
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@Hatley (164743)
• Garden Grove, California
13 Feb 13
hi I finally gave up last night at nine as it was not gong to stop til I stopped typing. I did take some Ibuprofen and that helped a lot . Sometimes I will go several day s without any problems but lately it seems to bother me a lot more too. I am thinking of getting a wrist brace since this is not going to go away. All my doctor said was stop when it starts going numb and rest it, nothing else.
@jenny1015 (13390)
• Philippines
13 Feb 13
I would sometimes feel the same and I do try to stop for a while. However, if I stop Mylotting, there are things that need to be done at home, like cooking and washing the dishes. So, my hands just get their rest when I go to sleep.
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@Hatley (164743)
• Garden Grove, California
24 Mar 13
hi jenny I am so spoiled here as I do not have to do any housekeeping at all,My bed is made for me each day and the linens changed several times a week and the floor is vacuumed each day. our bathroom is cleaned each day too. so I could get bored if I did not have my lotting to keep me busy.
@bostonphil (4397)
• United States
13 Feb 13
I have not ever had carpal tunnel syndrome but I would suggest talking to a doctor about it. I believe it requires medical attention. If you have already seen a doctor, what has he or she suggested? I have now and then seen information about the problem but do not remember what i read. Aren't there devices that you can wear on your hands or your fingers that will help?
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@Hatley (164743)
• Garden Grove, California
13 Feb 13
hi bostonphil yes there s a special writst brace for it and if I wait til I get the freebee catalog from my United Heaht care hmo I can get one free. My doctor just said don't type too long at at a iime. thats not much help is it?
• United States
15 Feb 13
Most especially when you love mylotting
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@Hatley (164743)
• Garden Grove, California
24 Mar 13
right and i amn still here tyhing and making typos as when it bothers me it make my fingers numb anmd clumsy too. lol
@Nursefrai06 (2498)
• Penrith, Australia
14 Feb 13
I wish i could send you my autocorrect. You'd be surprised as to how much typos i get without it.
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@Hatley (164743)
• Garden Grove, California
14 Feb 13
hi nursefrai oh I do envey you btu have not got money enough for you yet b ut am going to see my doctor and ask him for m ore help for my wrist.Also when I het my hmo freebee catalog I will send tor a free carpal tunnel brace for my right wrist. it shuld help; and its free,
• Penrith, Australia
14 Feb 13
I only have autocorrect because i mylot from my phone. That's awesome about getting a brace for free. My dad orders those stuff for a cheaper price but its never for free, its really cool that you get it free. I hope it arrives soon because people would miss you if you got off for for a while.
@JohnRok1 (2051)
14 Feb 13
I thought the pits were a different part of the arm from where you suffer the carpal tunnel syndrome?
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@Hatley (164743)
• Garden Grove, California
14 Feb 13
Hi John he he thanks for making me laugh. I felt battered up as I went out to get into my best friends car with my walker and the street was uneven so of course I just had to d it, I fell but landed on my butt so no broken bones. scared the be jabbers out of m and now my bad knee hurts. I felt like an idiot but I did get up on my feet without help.So my knee banged the cement so of co rse it has to hurt. so a good laugh is just great,.
@JohnRok1 (2051)
14 Feb 13
Is anyone responsible for keeping your street safe to walk in?
@echoforever (5192)
• United States
13 Feb 13
That must be really frustrating. Especially trying to get something done and your hands will not cooperate. I don't have any suggestions except to take small breaks from typing so they don't fall asleep so often. I hope it isn't something that will last a long time.
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@Hatley (164743)
• Garden Grove, California
13 Feb 13
hi echo its called car pal tunnel syndrome and i h ave had it now for going on a year but lately its been so much worse as I am trying to really make enough this month to pay more on my cable internet bill.It is really frustrating as my earnings are down mostly I think because I have made so many typos. anyway I am going to have to wait til I get the freebee catalog from my HMO then order the carpal tunnel wrist brace to support my right wrist.
• United States
14 Feb 13
I hope it works out for you and I'm sorry to hear that you have carple tunnel. I may end up with it later in life also from all the typing I do every day and I am young. Well try not to stress too much about the money, even though its diffciult.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
13 Feb 13
My sister-in-law who lives in B.C. had to see the doctor and have an operation. I do think there are wrist protectors or you could do exercises to strengthen your wrist. I broke my wrist and I canon write by hand for any length of time, therefore I have to type everything. I do wonder whether you could get Dragon Dictation and say the words.
@Hatley (164743)
• Garden Grove, California
13 Feb 13
hi suspenseful I should have sent for the carpal tunnel brace for mr one every three months so this time I will send for it and get it free. I have heard of the dragon dictation but whether it would work on my computer and also whether I co ld afford it would be the questions.It is so annoying how so many times something that could help me has to be too pricey for my budget.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
14 Feb 13
It is expensive, but since I have a Mac I get a talk to text program free. When I broke my wrist they told me to put on a wrist protector but it got in the wy of my pen. The Dragon software is expensive. I have a free one for my iPad, but hardly use it because you have to speak a certain way.
@sid556 (31006)
• United States
13 Feb 13
Hi Hatley, I have some nerve damage in my wrist and fingers from the way I slept a while back. It's healing but it is quite a lengthy process. In the meantime, typing especially is very frustrating. The hospital gave me a brace to wear which is the same one used by people with carpal tunnel. It helps me a lot but it is pretty awkward to wear. I am better able to type but I do sometimes find that the brace will hit keys that I don't want to hit. I'm getting better at holding my hand so that this does not happen. And don't worry...we can always understand what you are saying and we really don't care about your typos. We all make them.
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@Hatley (164743)
• Garden Grove, California
13 Feb 13
hi sid thanks but I really do want to edit so my earnings will go up some. I am really seriously thinking of getting a carpal tunnel brace for my right wrist as they come free when I get my Hmo's catalog of freebees over the counter thinds. I saw the braces I need in there so once I get the catalog I can send for the bracn free. Also I have to have a diabetic checkup so can ask my doctor for more help about my wrist
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@GardenGerty (96670)
• Marion, Kansas
14 Feb 13
Sid you may find that a tennis wristband will be a good transition and it is easier to type with. Hatley, my sister said (but I have not checked) that right now Wal Mart has Dragon, speaking naturally on sale for 49 dollars. I would like to be able to get it as it is usually $150
@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
13 Feb 13
I can totally relate to what you're going through! I had carpal tunnel in my right wrist and had surgery for it in 1983. I was miserable before the surgery, but the surgery really helped! Then in 1987 I had to have emergency surgery for carpal tunnel in my left wrist. If I had put off seeing the orthopedic doctor another three weeks there would have been serious damage to the wrist and hand!!! I had mentally turned off the pain in my mind so I never noticed the symptoms until I had dropped a rock on my foot, it was a crazy way to find out that I was having problems with the left wrist, but it worked. I couldn't hold anything with that hand, move the fingers, or use the hand for any kind of work or support. After that surgery I was fine again. Bill has carpal tunnel syndrome and had an injection in the right wrist. It really helped and he is still putting off the surgery even though I am gently urging him towards going through the surgery. It takes a couple of hours and you're bound up in bandages for a few days but the relief is enormous. I will look through my natural healing books and see if they have any suggestions for relief. The main part of the relief for carpal tunnel is to get the swelling in the carpal tunnel area reduced, so maybe icing it will help. Don't use heat as it will increase the swelling. I wish I could do more for you right now, but we just got home from town and I was checking my email and had to answer your discussion.
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@Hatley (164743)
• Garden Grove, California
13 Feb 13
hi loverbear oh my hope I can avoid surgery as I have so many other health concerns to care for. I am going to see my doctor anyway in a few days for my diabetic check up so can tell him about this hand as its really been bugging me a lot the last few days.Of course I have been typing a lot too but how else to mylot if not by typing posts. I have an abdominal hernis that h as to be repaired too. darn./
@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
14 Feb 13
I deal with a compounding pharmacy that's in Lompoc California, and this morning I got a call from them (probably because I haven't filled out their darned questionnaires yet AGAIN!) asking questions about one of their products I use. It's a pain gel roll on that you can use for localized pain control. It is really great and I use it nearly everywhere! The woman from the pharmacy asked me where I use the stuff and I answered it (after a giggle) that I use it everywhere because there are few places that work well anymore. She asked about my medications and I started to list the meds and she got a good laugh too! I wish that people would realize that even though they're young they still need to take care of themselves. I know that the abuse I gave my body was horrible and I'm paying for it now. As a friend said about getting old and in your golden years: "The only thing in your golden years that is golden is your urine!" I wish I were closer I would give you some of the roll on for you to try, it might help relieve the pain...
@allknowing (61760)
• India
13 Feb 13
But no one complains about your typos. As long as we understand you just go ahead
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@Hatley (164743)
• Garden Grove, California
13 Feb 13
hi allknowing wow thanks a lot as I will ty some of those exercides and maybe strengthen my wrists. i might help with the carpal tunnel syndrome as something sure has to help;. today so far it has not bothered me but then JI have not typed much yet either and tired my wrist out, I keep hoing it will not pop up again.
@squallming (1777)
• Malaysia
23 Mar 13
I am sorry to hear of your medical condition of carpal tunnel syndrome. You need to rest your hand more often between doing works or activity involving your hand. You can take medicine, do some stretching and strengthening exercise, and perhaps go for acupuncture treatment to treat your carpal tunnel syndrome. Actions must be taken earlier to prevent the symptoms getting worse.
@Hatley (164743)
• Garden Grove, California
24 Mar 13
hi squallming as I am overdue a diabetic checkup with my doctor I think now is a good time to see him and ask for help on my right hand and its s carpal tunnel syndrome.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
13 Feb 13
oh i don't know any remedy for that, but i really hope you will eventually feel well Ms. Hatley.
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@Hatley (164743)
• Garden Grove, California
14 Feb 13
jazel__juan hi yes I am going to wait and get my hno freebee catalog and send for the free wrist brace for carpal tunnel syndrome on my right wrist. that should help a lot.for now I can take ibuprofen for the pain.nothing like getting something free you know.
@vandana7 (62504)
• India
13 Feb 13
Who cares about typos out here..:) And I did suggest a solution, which apparently didnt appeal to you. :)
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@Hatley (164743)
• Garden Grove, California
13 Feb 13
hi vandana yes thasts not a big problem i guess the typos b ut I am sorry I forgot your suggerstion . I am really thinking of getting a specia wrist brace for my writs, just wating for my HMo's freebie catlog as I can order a carpal tunnel wrist brace for my right wrist from it and it will be free. Otherwise I might not be able to afford it.sorry ut I must have someohow missed your suggestion.Please do not be angry with me as it was not that it did not appeal I just do not remember what it was now. sorry.