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carpal tunnel from manual transmission?!?!

Discussion in 'Health' started by flatblack, Dec 29, 2013.

  1. Dec 29, 2013 at 4:14 AM
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    flatblack

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    well... I did a bunch of wheeling, which required a bunch of shifting, not too long ago
    the next day I was getting pretty bad wrist pain; something like carpal tunnel, when I compare the symptoms
    it's been a couple of weeks since, and I still have it mildly

    I shift like anyone else (I would assume); doesn't seem like there's too much wrist/finger stress involved, compared to the rest of the arm/shoulder
    doesn't seem to me like it would cause it; but, I just can't think of anything else that would be the culprit; and it happened right after :confused:
    anyone else ever have this or hear about it happening?
    or do you think it's complete coincidence?
     
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  2. Dec 29, 2013 at 4:56 AM
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    BUCKLE UP! It makes it harder for Aliens to pull you out of your Truck.
    No. Penthouse magazine gave me carpal tunnel, though.
     
  3. Dec 29, 2013 at 4:57 AM
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    MQQSE Chief Pal Guy, GOB

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    I used to get something similar from the repetitive action of shoveling snow in the winter. Wasn't in my wrist as much as my right forearm. It was slight muscle strain. I cured it with a Velcro band I picked up in the sporting goods section at Wally World. The band just went around my forearm and held the muscles tight. Usually wore it for a couple weeks on and off until the muscles healed. You might try something similar for your wrist. I would think there is some kind of glove like or wrist band device to serve the same purpose.

    Haven't had the problem since I upgraded from the shovel to a snowblower. ;)
     
  5. Dec 29, 2013 at 5:11 AM
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    ^^ Thanks, man
    I Should probably look into something like that
     
  6. Dec 29, 2013 at 5:13 AM
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    :cool:
     
  7. Dec 29, 2013 at 8:05 AM
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    It's NOT carpel tunnel. Carpel tunnel is when you get tingling in your fingers that will keep you awake at night. Never had it myself, but I've worked in a factory around lots of people who have had surgeries for it. The factory goes thru great lengths to make things ergonomically correct to prevent it. Carpel tunnel is NOT something that pops up overnight.

    You're just sore from 'over-using' your wrists the day before. Take some aleve or ibuprofen for a couple days and it should be gone in a week or so (or even days).
    When you get older, ibuprofen is your friend. :D

    I've had issues with wrist pain - especially when I bend my wrist downward. It ended up being a 'cist' (fluid filled sak) within my tendons at the topside of my hand. It was small enough that I couldn't see it....but...WHACK, and its gone (like the old days). Check this out - and this cist is HUGE.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyOwBqn-mbY
     
  8. Dec 29, 2013 at 8:40 AM
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    Tacoma Mike

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    IMO you were more than likely gripping the shifter with a death grip or poss you got a stinger from a steering wheel twist. Excited and working hard will make u ramp up your grip.
    I find I have to make myself relax my hands on my bike on the highway as I start getting a death grip on the bars. Not because I'm in trouble or nervous I'm just ramped up enjoying the moment.
    I never grip the shifter during normal driving.
    Maybe a different technique or hand position.
    Driving a std. Plow truck for 12 hours at a time , I never had this issue. I would just be conscious of what your doing and see if you notice.

    Do some stretching and some over the counter stuff.
     
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