Stopped typing – Seeking Advice

I’m a male around 40 years of age working here in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for last 18 years, as a Executive Secretary / Office Coordinator. I have lot of job responsibilities one of them is heavy typing work. I’m always under pressure and stress due to insecurity of job. I was an active athlete till late last year. I will be thankful if someone help me out, guide, share, or exchange the views with me regarding my problem (possibly RSI). Since last 4-5 months my right hand is not functioning properly it is numb. I feel like there is no power in it, I cannot write and cannot lift anything. Sometimes I even feel like it is not taking commands as desired.

I have seen several doctors and had consumed lot of medicines but all in vain. The disease is it yet to be diagnosed and the cause is also not known yet. To add more to my worries my other hand (left) is also getting contacted and it is also having some numbness for the past couple of weeks. I have stopped typing for last 6 weeks or so, but the problem is still persisting. I don’t know what to do next and I’m helpless in regards to which doctor (specialist) I have to consult. Already I had visited/checked-up with at least 5 different doctors, but none of them is able to detect the exact problem. If you can be of help, please come forward and pass the information whatever you have related to my problem – I sincerely appreciate your assistance. Look forward to hear from you soon. Thanks in advance and may GOD bless us ALL.

Comment 1: Have you seen a neurologist. I am no expert but it sounds if as the symptoms you are experiencing could be linked to neurology.

Comment 2: You need to stop the intensive typing, it isn’t easy, but it has to be done. I have a speech program, Dragon Naturally Speaking, it is excellent for bulk typing, and also within Windows programmes. You need to ask to be referred to a rheumatologist; he may send you for a bone scan, which is to rule out muscular sympathetic dystrophy, and then will send you for Ultrasound, to test for soft tissue damage. I have been prescribed painkillers, such as the talked about nerve drug, Amitriptyline, and Co-dydramol, a pain killer. These drugs do have side effects, drowsiness, possibly nausea.

The important thing is your health! Don’t push yourself through pain barriers, treat the pain seriously. I have lost my job, due to acute tenosynovitus, but I feel so much better for not typing in the amounts I was. I am extremely poor, but feel progress is being made; no progress can be made when you are still working intensely at a keyboard. There is no doubt about it, this is a terrible injury, not least because you feel isolated and alone, none can see the pain that you feel. When I first visited my GP, she diagnosed Tenosynovitus, which has only now, 8 months later been officially confirmed, following extensive medical treatment and exploration. You must find a specialist to help you, and you must do it sooner rather than later. I wish you all the best and hope you find some improvement.

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