I’m officially diagnosed with CTS – carpal tunnel syndrome, it’s a result of some pressure on the nerves ending in my arms. Today I had a test (called EMG which stands for electromyography) done to my right hand, that’s where I’m feeling pins and needles, tingles and numbness.
They had some electrodes placed on my arms and gave me electric pulses with a metal fork. I won’t say it’s a painless procedure but it’s not that painful either. My body jerked involuntarily with every pulse. I kept laughing. I’m sure I looked funny. I swear my hand has never felt any better. My left hand is kinda okay. I’ll have to sleep on it to make sure. I’ll have to check on my legs as well, they feel weird sometimes, maybe I’ll do another EMG for them if they continue to feel like this.
Anyhow, the very first time I showed symptoms of CTS was while I was pregnant with my son. I never had tests done back then, I was too afraid, but I was sure I had CTS. Plus when I delivered it was fine. So I didn’t pay too much attention to it, not that there’s much I can do about it.
Three years later, and it’s back but not as severe as I remember. It was much worse before to the point I couldn’t use both my hands and it hurt so much. For the past couple of months, I haven’t been able to sleep on my sides anymore, I’ve had to switch to my back with my arms on my sides. I can’t stay sleeping on my back for too long. I switch to my sides again, and it wakes me up again. That’s what made me schedule an appointment with the doctor, I’m so sleep deprived. I was told I have to wear a wrist splint almost all day long, it helps a little, even when I’m asleep, and I have to avoid carrying heavy things, which is impossible to do. I’m going to try my best anyways. I’m wearing my wrist splint as I’m typing this, I’m not loving it …