If you’re a “Mommy Blogger” who came into the world of computers with little prior experience like myself, then chances are you have already learned a lot of unexpected, yet valuable, lessons through your own experience. Most of these lessons help you save time, become more efficient with posting, or simply provide a better understanding of blogging in general. These experience rarely affect your pwn physical health, but I recently have been bothered by an issue that I was successful in resolving, and I would like to share my experience.
Computers and Personal Health
When I first started to spend more time blogging, I found myself to finally be relieved of the physical demands placed upon me by children. As they have grown and become more independent, my newfound free time allowed me to pursue my hobby in a relaxed manner, something that was long overdue. Surprisingly, after about 8-10 months of blogging and doing research online, I noticed I was becoming sore a lot, and I often had this burning feeling in my wrists. I figured it was simply because my muscles had gotten tired and needed a rest, but turns out it was something else entirely.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
I finally went to the doctor in hopes of a quick fix. Turns out I have something called carpal tunnel syndrome. At first, I was really worried, but the doctor reassured me that it was a very common ailment that could be easily addressed in lots of situations, particularly mine, as I didn’t wait too long to get it checked out.
Briefly, carpal tunnel syndrome is a nerve problem, not an issue with the only the muscles. All of the muscles and nerves that go from the arm to the hand pass through a passageway called the carpal tunnel. This tunnel is pretty small, so if things become inflamed, the nerve becomes compressed, which is where the burning and pain comes from.
This is really common for people who work a lot on computers. The constant typing and extension of the wrist will eventually constrict the carpal tunnel, leading to this common syndrome. It’s very gradual, but once it becomes pronounced, it can really hurt, and for me, stopped me from working on this site altogether.
What Can You Do About It?
I was relieved to hear that all my hard work on this blog wouldn’t come to a stop! Fortunately, there are some really good carpal tunnel braces out there that can relieve the pain almost instantly, allowing you to continue typing away. The one thing to be careful of is to not become too reliant on the brace, as it doesn’t actually treat the issue, it just provides temporary pain relief. To treat the issue, often times exercises, medications, or even surgery is required, but nevertheless, I’m only writing this today because of the brace.
In my experience of shopping for these braces, I also learned that arthritis in the hand is also common for those who type a lot. I don’t have this problem, but I know my own mother would not be able to type on a keyboard because of her arthritis, so it got me looking around for something to help with that as well. Turns out there are some really cheap and comfy gloves you can get to help with that. I’ve seen them, and they fit really nicely and don’t hinder typing, but I can’t speak to their effectiveness. I know this isn’t overly helpful, but it’s something I know I’ll have to use eventually, so I just wanted to pass that information along in case it can help anyone who reads this.
At the end of the day, you never know when a health problem will arise, but knowing how to get the best help can go a long way. I hope you never have to call upon my own experience, but if you do, I hope it helps! Take care.