Stress, RSI and Doctor’s letters

It was thought I had been diagnosed early, had a mild case, and had recovered: the physio. I was given then was to remobilize over-rested hands, and was not a good experience. I shall never know, now, whether treatment then or when I relapsed would have helped me. My condition, too, is now permanent. I do want to add that rather than say we must not carry on working, or rather than say that only, we should add that employers need to be stopped from bringing in measures that require overwork from us: I had not when diagnosed been working through in pain, but I had been working far too hard for far too long, not from choice. Something must be done about this.

“In my case, I was given the wrong physical therapy (stressed strengthening excercises)” –  I think what I had was something like that. I saved myself temporarily by not doing the exercises, rather, moving back slowly to mobility by myself. I have since been told by an expert that I saved my hands and wrists — though like you, my injuries are permanent as I have had to continue to type at work and mark essays by hand — by that act of disobedience! “I am permanently injured. I’m not trying to scare anyone”. – I think what you said was important and must be said. I think the same about legal warnings: I have some more on that and can comment off-list. Meanwhile: make sure that your doctor notes down *everything you say*, make sure that when you get a certificate there is a note on file saying you were given one (etc.). You should know that though I have rather expensive and very good legal expenses insurance, and independently of that, have access to knowledge and advice in the field, I am not a lawyer. I want to thank the lawyer who wrote about that.

“Just make sure everyone out there gets the correct treatment before you are permanently disabled”. – I agree. But the problems are immense. I am not unwilling to ask time after time for a re-referral, unsuccessfully; to ask about possibilities of treatment, unsuccessfully; *etc.*. Some people here may not be willing to e.g. (this is another little medical problem) go to their doctor once a month to say that following the fall they had, they are still getting headaches; that didn’t get me an investigation but at least it is on record, unlike my left hand-wrist, which doesn’t exist. “Just remember, if what you’re doing hurts, STOP doing it”.- And when I confronted Attila the Physio with, how did I tell Good Pain from Bad Pain, she said, not “hurts”, but, “makes you feel uncomfortable”: but I had to wait till session 3 to get that out of her. (I didn’t get an answer to my question) “stage of pain, and not try to ignore it. They tried the ice and splint thing on my during that stage (workers comp), but only made it worse”. – They didn’t even try *that* on me — but I know what you mean: splints are *not*, unless custom-made for that specific purpose, supposed to let you carry on typing.

I was also – this is not my GPs fault – given splints that are supposed to be used to rest the wrist and stop it bending, and told to wear those while working, and type and write etc. on through. After 2 weeks I realised that while the splints were helping with the *terrible* pain I had every day, they were also damaging my wrists: so I changed the way I wore them. Sharing experiences helps. I am going through a very bad time right now for quite different reasons, and I need a bit of extra help to deal with my RSI. I recommended Casparelli/Quilter’s book, except for the bits on voice software, and someone wrote to say the stretches hurt. So I thought I should say, a bit late, that I think the reason to have that book is the section that explains why you might get depressed and  **even better** once you are through the first 3 months or so the one on dealing with cruel and insensitive colleagues. People with RSI have enough to contend with without that.

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