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Spending the last month writing has resulted in my carpal tunnel syndrome flaring up again. Now I have it in both wrists. Typing, mousing, and now driving are painful.

I now have braces on both my hands, which truly sucks.

I just ordered a new ergonomic mouse, we'll see if that helps. I may try switching keyboards as well.

The good news is that MacSpeech Dictate which used to be really bad has improved over the last few versions. It now has correction and learning capabilities, which makes it actually usable. I am using with my Sampson Go Mic, which is a huge improvement over the cheap headsets that I've used previously.

I am now using speech recognition for my e-mail correspondence. Unfortunately, Dictate is still not quite fast or accurate enough for writing academic text. But maybe after some more training it will get better or, I will get laryngitis.

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Just saw my doctor: it might actually be ulnar entrapment rather than carpal tunnel. More tests needed. Oh joy.

Oh no! I get this numbness in my pinkie finger too! Thanks for making me sick. ( ^ _ ^ )

I'm being serious btw. Not about making me sick. About experiencing the numbness associated with this condition. Least I have a line of flight now.

Yeah, the symptoms of ulnar entrapment are that the pinkie and ring finger tingle, as well as the "funny bone" in the elbow. Which pretty much describes what I have.

I'm trying to figure out what the best course of action is, since most of the advice these days seems to focus on carpal tunnel, which is the medial nerve, not the ulnar nerve.

Karen

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is associated by symptoms and signs, which are caused by compression of the median nerve travelling through the carpal tunnel.
We can get heal from this by regular exercise on affected part.My uncle was suffering from CTS in his right wrist.He took regular exercise and now he is fine.You can also take help from Carpal tunnel Syndrome  they will help lot.

I'm trying to figure out what the best course of action is, since most of the advice these days seems to focus on carpal tunnel, which is the medial nerve, not the ulnar nerve.

The best way to treat carpal tunnel syndrome is to prevent it from happening! If you use your wrist and fingers a lot, take the following precautions:
* Shake out your wrists gently for about 10 seconds.
* Rotate your wrists gently - 5 times clockwise, 5 times counter-clockwise.
* Hold your arm straight in front of you, palm facing outward. Use the other hand to gently pull back your fingertips. Hold for a few seconds and release. Repeat with the other arm.

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