Posted by: cally | 2009-02-25

carpal tunnel?

How do I know if I' m developing carpal tunnel problems?
My right thumb joint (I' m right handed, and my work involved a lot of writing) has been sore for some time, and recently when I write the pain starts going up into my hand, wrist and arm. I have crohns disease, which may have caused inflammation, but I' ve never experienced this before. With the crohns, the joint pains come and go, they don' t stay for weeks on end.
I' m a little reluctant to go to the doctor, as I' m so tired of hospitals and long, drawn out treatments.

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Dear Cally
no it sounds more as if you have inflammation in the tendon of the thumb, may be due to writing or typing ( De Quervain's tendonitis) It may help to use an anti-inflammatory medication like Voltaren jel and see a physiotherapist?
Dr Bets

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