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Carpell tunnel and housewife's knee

(14 Posts)
Xroads Wed 15-May-13 12:11:29

Anyone had or got either of these?

How long do they last?

Sparklingbrook Wed 15-May-13 12:12:24

Hi Xroads my Dad had Carpal Tunnel and ended up having an op. sad

bulletwithbutterflywings Wed 15-May-13 12:15:55

I had housewife's knee. It lasted about a year.

Xroads Wed 15-May-13 12:22:51

Oh sad I know there are worse things etc it's just I'm only 31 and I'm hoping to get my art and floristry business off the ground this year, I'm currently a childminder so the housewife's knee is making my day job hard and my carpell tunnel is worrying me because I don't want to make it worse with my new business venture. I can't afford to take time off and in fact need to work even harder whilst I am doing both jobs. My back is also causing me a lot of pain so I'm on painkillers for that and will be going to physio for it. feel like an old knacker

I'm sleeping with wrist splints on both wrists at the mo and now have a knee support. very sexy hmm

Xroads Wed 15-May-13 12:57:18

I suppose what is really worrying me is will the carpell tunnel ruin my chances of being an artist and florist?

Lonecatwithkitten Wed 15-May-13 13:22:45

Well I am a surgeon (though not human) and had carpal tunnel. I ended up having the surgery as I was getting very little sleep due to the pain. I had to have three weeks off work as my type of patient exposes me to a greater risk of infection and I'm self employed. It took me 6 months to get my full surgical strength back and I did additional physio to help this.
However, a year on my life is muc better and the three week drop in income was worse it.

Xroads Wed 15-May-13 13:54:44

Thanks Lone. How long did you have carpal tunnel before it got so bad you needed surgery?

Lonecatwithkitten Wed 15-May-13 14:02:19

It was very acute onset started in the August by October it was preventing sleep and by January I could not get intravenous lines.

Sparklingbrook Wed 15-May-13 14:09:00

Lone that sounds like Dad. He could't not have the surgery. He had it in both wrists and had them both done in the end.

I'm sorry Xroads, hope you get this all sorted. x

Xroads Wed 15-May-13 14:12:19

Mine started in Nov/ dec (I had it during pregnancy in one wrist 8yrs ago but that went when I had dd) I've ignored it for a while, went to the doctors about 2 months ago and I've been using the wrist splints, once since then I painted for 7 hours without a break (was being paid by the hour and had to get it finished) and my wrist was very painful afterwards but I've given it a break and it's not so bad, I'm sleeping ok with the splints on.

Sparklingbrook Wed 15-May-13 14:19:12

It was waking Dad up at night.

bulletwithbutterflywings Wed 15-May-13 14:59:18

I don't think my 'housewife's knee' was a very bad case, and it went away with rest and not kneeling on it!

Xroads Wed 15-May-13 16:30:51

I'm trying not to kneel on it or bend it but it's tricky as my back hurts if I bend over so I can't really win. I've got a couple of weeks off in july, I'll just have to do my best until then

QueenOfCats Wed 15-May-13 20:45:05

Came on to post about carpal tunnel myself!

I've had pain in both wrists/hands for the last couple of months. My hands sometimes feel kind of puffy and it feels awkward to pick small things up, like small tablets etc.

The pain goes up to my elbows sometimes, a dull ache.

The Gp said it was carpal tunnel and to take ibuprofen and paracetamol, or co dydramol or tramadol if very bad.

She said it may get better, may not, I can have a steroid injection if I like but don't have to and sent me on my way blush

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