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Tendonitis

I have it. In spades. At least my right arm. At the shoulder and the elbow. I'm told by my Primary Care Physician that it's likely due to repetitive motion from mousing and typing. Since that's my job nearly 12 hours a day, it's been difficult.

I'm wearing an ace support bandage on my elbow and my wrist - and I've now taken to wearing a sling while I'm on breaks or while I'm not actively working. I'm taking Naproxen (550mg 2x per day) and am in the middle of a course of steroids (medrol). It's all helping somewhat, but I'm still in pain most of the time, and my arm below the elbow tends to go tingly and numb if I put my arm in the wrong position for more than a few seconds. This includes the position it must be in to drive, so driving home is an interesting experience these days.

And of course, we are getting ready to ship our "green light" deliverable at work, meaning I've been doing documentation for the last week.

Yay me.

Ow.

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spiritdance
Feb. 21st, 2009 02:53 am (UTC)
If this has all been done, doesn't apply, feel free to ignore :-)

On the elbow, is part of it when you rotate/pick things up? If so, one of those elbow straps may help some (yeah, I'm using one since getting "tennis elbow" shoveling snow).

Have they had you try ice packs? Some chill time might help the pain some (and help get the inflammation down).

Would it be possible to change your work environment? I'm thinking getting a touchpad, trackball, drawing tablet or similar to help with the mousing; getting something other than a flat keyboard; changing the keyboard height relative to your chair (dropping the keyboard should relieve some of the stress on the elbows, and maybe the wrists.

At least some of these you could do in the short term; do you have anyone at your workplace that does ergonomic reviews? (RC does, and have helped Daniel change a few things at work to make it a bit less painful).

Hope you can get thru it :-)

And we love you, but will forgive you not posting (or you could look into the voice post options, and let "us" transcribe things for you!)
shannachie
Feb. 21st, 2009 07:53 am (UTC)
What helped me with an overstrained elbow was healing earth. It looks like sh...t, you make compresses with it - but for me at least it did the trick. Of course not at once but after a few applications.

I also moved my mouse to the left hand. Takes some rearranging in the brain though.
mycroftca
Feb. 21st, 2009 07:54 am (UTC)
Did you report it as Workman's Comp?

(Anonymous)
Feb. 21st, 2009 02:03 pm (UTC)
I did not. Several people have asked me about that though, so maybe I should. I have a reference to physical therapy that I'll start next week, so I'm hoping that helps.

I'm not sure what the ramifications are of workman's comp, so I'll have to look into it.

janmagic
Feb. 21st, 2009 08:21 am (UTC)
You poor baby. here let me rub it for you.
hey i got tennis elbow from snow shoveling too!!! that was back in --- before gafilk. i finally looked at one of my books and learned or relearned that i needed to ice and strengthen..

the healing earth plasters/compresses could be your ticket.
it would give you healthy inflamitorys on the area you need.

remember the tendon is irritated. and it sounds like there is fun nerve involvement to make it interesting. workmans comp or at least health care may get you some physical therapy. that could help.

hope you will feel better

would you like a visitor from the north..I've been meaning to ask patuf..later on email...
mycroftca
Feb. 21st, 2009 02:34 pm (UTC)
If you don't report it as soon as you realize that it is due to your work, and they are forced to take you off your normal duties, you won't be able to claim WC; it'll be disability. WC kicks in as soon as you can't work while disability normally kicks in two weeks or more later, without pay. In addition, WC pays a higher percentage of your base wage than does disability. So the ramifications are financial.

Basically, you can go to your HR person and tell them that you didn't initially realize that what you were experiencing was due to repetitive motion injury from work until the doctor mentioned it, and so you felt that you should report this. A report will be generated, and then they will send you to their doctor for further care.

I have to assume that the laws are similar from state to state, but here in CA, it can be very troublesome if you don't report immediately. It can force you to sue for your rights to WC rather than disability if you are taken off work.

It's your call whether or not you report it to your employer, then.

Feel better soon...

ashenseraph
Feb. 21st, 2009 05:08 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear this, Coz! :-( You're getting better advice than I can offer, though, so I won't. Workman's comp & associated therapy helped some of my editorial coworkers who had the same problem back when I worked at a magazine, though.

My sympathies!
bardling
Feb. 21st, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
Ugh. Please don't take it lightly - remember, Debbie O had real serious trouble with it. Pushing yourself through the pain, while perhaps in some ways necessary, also sounds awfully like courting more trouble to me. I hopehopehope you'll be able to find something useful to you in the advice others having given/information available on the net/support from friends!
Please look at long-term changes/improvements to manage things/avoid reoccurrence, as well as into short-term help-to-get-through-this-tough-bit.

*hugs*
artbeco
Feb. 21st, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
So sorry to read this, Scott. Hope something gets better, somehow! I'd second what the rest are saying up above- don't push it further any more than you can help~
*massive hugs*
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