RSI – General

Question: I have been suffering for just over a year now, I have seen various consultants and doctors and they are only guessing what my problem is. I get pain and aching in my right wrist and shooting pains in my ring finger. I saw a consultant privately again beginning of November and he said I could have Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, the following Monday I had an appointment to see the NHS consultant at the local hospital and he said he hasn’t a clue what the problem is and I need to be referred to another consultant at another hospital. I had a good weekend before this above appointment but after seeing the doctor (he was very vigorous with my wrist)

I am now in a lot more pain almost sending me back to how it was a year ago and I now have pains in my forearm. I am so angry at the way things just seem to plod along with no one caring what you are going through, this problem is wrecking my life. My trouble started by using a wheel mouse constantly for 8 months – Please think twice before trying one of these. Thanks for listening and if anyone has any ideas on the above I’d be pleased to hear them.

Answer 1: Luckily I only tried a wheel mouse after I got RSI. I thought it was only in one hand — I stopped using it quickly. It seems it is difficult to diagnose sometimes – I’m not trying to let these people off the hook – my RSI condition is very easily diagnosable, there’s a specific test, carpal is more difficult. But what that doesn’t excuse is the lack of help and care. Yes. It can. And people with it often get depressed (surprise!) and I suppose that makes it worse. Are you still trying to work? If so you could try PACT – go to your local Job Centre and ask to see a Disability Employment Adviser, they will make an appointment for you. I found PACT understood better than anyone I’d found, except people on this list. If you get the right kind of PACT person you can get masses of help and understanding, if you get the wrong one, well, at least you can get the statutory help. And they can talk to you about various ways of making work easier and less dangerous that they can help provide.

I think you already know you need to rest, I haven’t any other bright ideas, sorry. I do have some web references for carpal tunnel etc. There is one, which the US Sore hand List seem to like; my reservation about it is that it makes carpal tunnel sound like a minor thing (I think that’s because carpal tunnel is more often diagnosed in the US and some things that aren’t really carpal tunnel get lumped with it.)

Answer 2: I am still working, although not in the capacity I was employed. I was a Secretary, now I am an Admin Clerk. Since becoming an Admin Clerk my bosses have been really patient with me, which helps a lot. I will contact PACT and see how they can help, thanks.

Answer 3: You had mentioned that there is a specific test that can diagnose an RSI problem. Do you have details on that?

Answer 4: For my condition, De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, yes. (I don’t know if the test is used over here. My G simply touched each finger n turn, I had no pain, then touched my thumb, I jumped… He diagnosed De Q’s immediately. I want to see a consultant here so may be able to tell you more at some stage.) AMT/ANT (=3Ddiffuse RSI) can be diagnosed easily by a specially trained physio. I was tested for it, with negative results. Again it’s a test by manual examination. There has to be a test for carpal tunnel but I can’t think of one right now. I don’t know of any one test for RSI except the nerve conduction test. But some people with RSI can “pass” a nerve conduction test (in the same way, I suppose, as my bad back doesn’t show up on X-Rays: I was unable to get NHS treatment because of that). All this is a lot more difficult and complex than I thought when I first got it, but that is no excuse for the treatment some people are getting….

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