- Numbness or pain in your hand, forearm, or wrist that awakens you at night. (Shaking or moving your fingers may ease this numbness and pain.)
- Occasional tingling, numbness, “pins-and-needles” sensation, or pain. The feeling is similar to your hand “falling asleep.”
- Numbness or pain that worsens while using your hand or wrist, especially when gripping an object with your hand or bending (flexing) your wrist.
- Occasional aching pain in your forearm between your elbow and wrist.
- Stiffness in your fingers when you get up in the morning.
Well, it doesn’t wake me up at night, but the stiffness or numbness and tingling is is definitely there, and shaking my hand is becoming a habit. Picking stuff up is definitely getting to be a problem. When I pick Parker up lately, I tend to favor my left arm over my right (because that’s attached to my dominant hand, which is also used for mouse-clicking). And there’s definitely pain between my elbow and wrist more often these days.
This has happened before, and has gotten worse recently. So, it may be time to see a doctor. In the meantime, I’m going to restrict my computer use to work-related stuff and email for the next couple of days. That means little to no blogging (in part because the kind of blogging I do lately ends up requiring a lot of googling and a lot of writing), despite the frustrating fact that there’s a hot political story unfolding, and some other stuff I want to cover.
I’ve got a couple of posts in the hopper, so if I absolutely can’t resist, I may just cut back to one post a day. Alas, the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. So, If you don’t see any action around here for a couple of days, you’ll know why.