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Carpal tunnel

Discussion in 'Personal' started by imoney, Dec 8, 2015.

  1. imoney

    imoney New commenter

    I have finally secured a place at a school I love. It's not easy as I am teaching out of my specialisation, but I had hoped that after the first year of creating resources, I had found a place I would be happy long-term.
    I have now developed carpal tunnel. It's been getting worse for months. It's now so bad I can barely hold a pen. I can still teach, but marking is hard and takes even longer than usual. The pain and lack of sleep are getting me down. I'm worried that I won't be able to continue teaching as, what kind of a teacher can I be if I can't mark?

    Anyone have any encouraging words? It's taken me so long to get this far!
  2. rosievoice

    rosievoice Star commenter

    Carpal tunnel syndrome isn't a life sentence. Go to your GP, and s/he will arrange treatment. The pressure on your radial nerve will increase if left untreated, and may eventually require surgery. You will probably be okay after a couple of steroid injections. (I was).
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  3. Spiritwalkerness

    Spiritwalkerness Star commenter

    Wearing wrist splints helps. The operation works well but they won't do both wrists at once meaning you have to plan for two separate operations.
  4. cissy3

    cissy3 Star commenter

    I can't help re carpal tunnel, but I would hope your school would be supportive if you weren't able to partake in the ridiculous amounts of marking required these days.

    Good luck!
  5. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    Have you actually had it diagnosed as carpal tunnel? I had the symptoms in my right hand around 1985, which was frustrating as I'd recently bought my first computer and was finding it painful to use the mouse.

    Then I realised it was RSI, caused through spending hours on end, every day of the week doing a simple, but unfamiliar task as I got to grips with how to use the computer.

    Is it possible you've been doing something similar?
  6. imoney

    imoney New commenter

    I went for tests today at the hospital. It will take about a week for the results to get to my GP. I was told to make an appointment with them to talk me through the results, but the only appointment is in the morning of 17th. I don't want to take more time off work. I had three days last week and then most of today with the hospital trip. I've had a couple of other days for training too. It feels like I'm losing control of my classes and that their confidence is slipping.
    I know it's not such a long time, but I really want to be there. It really is my dream job. It always seems so hard to get back on the waggon after an absence and what with a two week holiday coming.
    I was just wondering if this is a regular problem for teachers. I do have RA too- but I had been keeping on top of things.
  7. imoney

    imoney New commenter

    The carpal tunnel isn't confirmed, but...

    I have Rheumatoid Arthritis anyway, which is a big indicator. And I've been getting increasing problems in my hands and arms for months. The pain wakes me up- when I can sleep. Last week I couldn't even hold a pen.
  8. imoney

    imoney New commenter

    Is this how I reply? Not sure how to pm you from here, or did you mean email?
  9. bluelemonade

    bluelemonade Occasional commenter

    I once heard a defence solicitor in court saying his client had this condition, and because of it, he was not able to work to the degree he was used to. He got a suspended sentence on account of that, so it is important, if not life threatening. I gather he had to take his kids out of private school too, well, that's life.
  10. marymoocow

    marymoocow Star commenter

    I was sent to physio who gave me exercises and wrist splints to wear at night.
  11. englishteach101

    englishteach101 Occasional commenter

    My dad has just had the op on his right hand and he was told not to do any manual labour for 6 weeks, he's retired so I don't know about how much time he would have had to take off, but he's got quite a lot of movement straight away following the operation so he's much happier that he got it sorted.
  12. rosievoice

    rosievoice Star commenter

    RA and carpal tunnel are associated disorders, but you shouldn't let either condition worsen through inaction / delaying treatment. Nerves under protracted pressure may not fully recover. Take care of yourself. You're a teacher, so nobody else will!
  13. bluelemonade

    bluelemonade Occasional commenter

    Yes , I too have Osteo Arthritis, but am not blaming anyone. I just can't kick as well as I used to. But still after two sherries it works a storm, and I have very long legs.
  14. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    Pity you can't get the sherries to affect your fingers :)
    Hope it's sorted for you soon
  15. bluelemonade

    bluelemonade Occasional commenter

    I actually never drink sherry, it was a turn of phrase.
  16. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    Yes dear it was said with a hopeful sense of humour lol
  17. sabrinakat

    sabrinakat Star commenter

    I have bad carpal tunnel myself (it started about 10 years ago but very bad now). I am delaying the operation as am a bit scared but some helpful hints that have helped me:
    1. Get stamps to use with marking - I special ordered excellent, good, needs improvement, www and ebi stamps. I also use codes, eg. sp (spelling), vt (verb tense), etc on a big card on a board so when I return workbooks, my notes are clear.
    2. I am lucky that using a computer is much easier on my hands so put correct answers for a test or translation on PowerPoint,which means I can reuse, change and most importantly, not have write for hours on the board.
    3. Have microwaveable hand warmers - my hands are bad in the winter, so it can help.

    At the moment, my hands are tingling and getting numb, so will stop but that is no. 4 as well - try not push yourself and your hands too much.

  18. bluelemonade

    bluelemonade Occasional commenter

    I am sorry to hear that sabinakat, but yes, I also have some hand disability, which is why I keep my hands moving with the knitting, embroidery and occasional slaps round a child.s head. They love me for it, after all.
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  19. sabrinakat

    sabrinakat Star commenter

    I knit as well - I use bamboo needles as they seem much better and do a wee bit of sewing....ooh, like the idea of smacking a few year 9s (that is a joke!)
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