RSI as an psychological problem?

Question: My doctor tried lots of things with me and did send me also to other doctors – but nobody did find something. (The only thing one said was that my wrists are very moveable and that they are swollen a bit (I couldn’t see that). This week I go to an MRT (Computer-Spin-Tomographie or something like that) – the doctor said, if this apparatus shows nothing, he don’t know what to do anymore and thinks, that the pain is now a psychological, not a real one, although it might have been real in former times.

  • Is it possible that it is psychological?
  • Is there anything to be seen with MRT?
  • How can a doctor know that I have RSI – what is he able to investigate except the pain I described?

Answer 1: I don’t think it’s entirely psychological, but I’m sure it can be made worse by psychological stress.

Answer 2: Possibly, but remember, everything is in the mind; otherwise you could not experience it! I think you mean MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) – ask your favourite Physics lecturer for an explanation. Basically is good for producing images of soft tissue – muscles, tendons etc. So your doctors are looking for soft tissue problems. Probably he does not know how to treat the type of pain you have. Get him to refer you to a ‘pain clinic’ for people who have chronic (long lasting) pain. Have you tried a physiotherapist who can teach you stretch for Adverse Neurological Tension or Adverse Mechanical Tension? These might help. The physiotherapist might also try finding any trigger points. Look through the RSI-UK archive and the Web site for numerous postings and articles on these two subjects.


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