Knitter’s thumb!

Went to bed last night with a slight strain in my right thumb and put it down to too much knitting, even though I hadn’t really. Woke up throughout the night with pain, pins and needles and a slight bit of numbness so decided to go to the doctor’s.

Apparently I’ve overused and strained my thumb through picking up some things and too much knitting [so not just knitting, but knitter’s thumb sounds cool!] and will have to wear a bandage and a sling for four days and ‘then see what it’s like’.

This means:

  • No knitting
  • No gaming
  • Mostly one-handed typing
  • Unable to use phone properly
  • General feeling sorry for myself

There is a possibility it could be more, but it’s unlikely as the pain occurred rapidly, I didn’t break it and there doesn’t appear to be any trapped nerves so overall it’s good news, especially as I googled my symptoms on the way there [Never google your medical symptoms!] and realised I experienced most of the symptoms for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:

Patients with CTS experience numbness, tingling, or burning sensations in the thumb and fingers, in particular the index, middle fingers, and radial half of the ring fingers, which are innervated by the median nerve. Less-specific symptoms may include pain in the hands or wrists and loss of grip strength.

Now… what on Earth am I meant to do for four days?!

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6 Responses to Knitter’s thumb!

  1. Jennifer says:

    Ouch, ouch, ouch! Watch TV, listen to audio tapes, music or whatever, but please, do not use your hand. Don’t even reply to this comment until well after the swelling goes down. Please? :(

  2. katm says:

    I get one of those everyonce in a while when I’ve been writing too much. Not carpel tunnel for me. My ortho babbled on about what nerves and tendons were inflamed. Blah blah blah. Makes writing on the board really fun.

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  4. Cat says:

    Thanks you two!

    I did leave the reply – and then forgot about it. :(

    Kat – I can’t even imagine, I tried writing something on our house’s white board for notices and it wasn’t even scribbles.

    Alas it did improve, but once I crochet a bit yesterday it’s come back. :(

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