Read On How Robert Was Diagnosed With Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Half Of My Right Hand Was Numb.
I am a 30-year-old male and have been a barber for a good ten years. I never thought holding scissors for a whole day would lead to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
So, for the last 2-3 months, I noticed that my right hand was in pain and the pain used to happen after every single haircut. I was doing 20-30 haircuts per day with progressive pain. Finally, I noticed that I could not feel my right hand’s ring and pinky finger, and they were going numb.
The situation caused me to decrease my work, and I reduced my appointments to 10 in a day. After that, I tried over-the-counter oral and topical gel, but it did not help me at all.
I Thought I Would Lose My Job Due To My Right Hand Due To Numbness And Pain.
As days passed, my fear was getting stronger. Initially, only the last two fingers were numb, but gradually half of my right hand and wrist were in pain. I was unable to hold scissors. On top of that, I was getting horrible feedback for my haircuts.
It was time to see a doctor, but I failed to get an appointment in a week.
Your Doctors Online Came To My Rescue And Diagnosed Me With Carpel Tunnel Syndrome.
Heavily relying on google, I searched for an online doctor and found a 3-day free trial with Your Doctors Online. In no time, I was connected to a doctor, who asked me questions like:
· If I am overweight?
· If the numbness and pain increase after bending my hand on my wrist?
· Is the numbness more in my little and ring finger?
After affirmative answers to her question, she diagnosed me with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Can Occur Due To Nerve Compression At Wrist.
Dr Saba calmed me down and made me realise that this can happen to anyone. However, the risk of developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome was higher in barbers due to repetitive wrist motion, which can lead to inflammation and cause compression of a nerve, which leads to numbness and pain in the pinky and ring finger.
After giving detailed information about the disease, she prescribed me NSAIDs to decrease inflammation, and she also advised me to take a break from work for at least two weeks. The doctor also informed me to wear a wrist splint when I am not working, especially while sleeping. It will keep my hand straight. She advised me to perform wrist exercises.
My Numbness And Pain Improved Markedly.
After two weeks, when I saw my doctor, she gave me the same advice as Dr Saba at Your Doctors Online. With Your Doctors Online help, I was able to control my symptoms. Now, I am a regular patient of Your Doctors Online, and they keep me in follow–up to monitor my progress. I highly appreciate the kind doctors present around the clock to help patients and provide genuine advice.
Information Added by Doctors
What is carpal tunnel syndrome?
It is the compression of the nerve at the wrist, leading to numbness and tingling in hands and fingers. Risk factors for developing it are overweight, pregnancy, wrist injury, family history, occupation like hairdresser, typewriter.
How do you get diagnosed?
Your doctor will diagnose it clinically based on symptoms and examination findings.
What are the treatment options?
The mainstay of the treatment is to avoid compression of the nerve at the wrist – which involves giving painkillers, anti-inflammatory medicines, hand exercises, and wearing a wrist splint.
Surgery to release compression at the nerve is usually the last resort after all the above measures fail.