Post # 1
Okay, so I’m a landscape architect meaning i spend all day pretty much every day using AutoCad (and wedding bee).
A little background – when I was 5, I fell off monkey bars and broke my right wrist really badly. They told us then that I was very likley going to have problems with my hand and wrist later in life. i’m also right handed.
Some days my right hand will get REALLY cold (nails are purple) but my left is fine. The middle knuckle on my hand will also get sore, sometimes inflamed. I’m wondering if anyone has any idea what’s causing this – is it normal? Is it a complication from my screwed up wrist? Is this a carpal tunnel symptom? I don’t have a doctor at the moment – I need to get on that – so I’m turning to the hive for some generalized medical opinions 🙂
Post # 3
@MsGinkgo: Sounds like poor circulation to me! My dad had carpal tunnel and while it hurt and swelled it sure didn’t change colour. Try to type “properly” to avoid damage your hands and wrists.
Post # 4
hmmmm… Im no doctor but logically I would think that with the fingers turning blue it would be some kind of circulation issue at work. It could be carpal tunnel but there is really no way to really know without seeing a doctor who can take a more in depth look. Hope you get some answers soon!
Post # 5
Definitely a circulation issue. I would go into a doctor to get it checked out. Do you use a wrist rest for your mousepad and keyboard at all? That has helped me a lot. But still, definitely go in to get it checked out.
Post # 6
sounds like carpal tunnel might be starting. a wrist pad will probably help to keep your wrists straight. proper typing form is to curve your wrists down. but i know most people type with their wrists at an up angle.
for a short time, when i started working (i am a software developer), i had to wear wrist guards to keep my wrists from angling up and hurting.
Post # 7
You likely have scar tissue and adhesions from the break, and if you’ve got carpal tunnel developing the two put together may have started to reduce circulation.
Definitely go and have it checked out, and I’d recommend finding a good RMT in your area and having your arm/wrist/hand worked on! Breaking up some of the scar tissue and encouraging circulation to the area, plus carpal tunnel treatment if needed, can work wonders.
Post # 8
@PermaStudent: +1. I’d advocate physiotheraphy before massage but great idea!
Post # 9
Hi, AutoCAD bee here (just a plain old architect-architect)
I find that my right hand, being on the mouse all day, loses circulation fast. As in my fingertips turn blue, my hand becomes pale and my hand is much colder than my other hand. Even in the summer, this happens.
This is because of a few things… the position of my arm in relation to my chair height (meaning my arm is technically “raised” and the lower my chair [meaning my heart] is, the faster it loses circulation)
The arm rest on my mousepad (not always the best idea, ergonomically)
Not taking work breaks frequently enough.
The inflammation is probably caused by the low circulation. My knuckles often get sore and stiff if I spend too long on the mouse.
I think you should look into ergonomics and make sure that you’re sitting at your desk in a healthy manner. Learn some hand exercises that you can do at your desk to keep it flexible, and make sure you take a break frequently (meaning get up from your desk and move your arms)
Lots of water to keep you hydrated (meaning your body can work more efficiently) I actually keep a “water chart” at my desk to tick off how many glasses I drink at work.
A doctor can help if it stays like this or gets worse, but more than likely it’s how you’re sitting – position, length of time, resting your arm
(because AutoCAD is so cathartic and wonderful, we just get lost in it for hours sometimes… right? right? haha)
Post # 10
Do you use a regular mouse up on your desk?
I used to do CATIA all day and the placement of the mouse/spaceball used to make me kind of pinch my wrist which cut off the circulation and made my hand hurt, but the company gave me an ergonomic keyboard/mouse holder thing that goes under my desk so that my hand lays flat (no pinching) and that made it better. I tried to use the ergonomic mouse but I couldn’t get used to it.
Post # 11
@MrsPanda99: I’m *this* close to finishing my program and becoming an RMT, and we’ve successfully treated many clients with CT in our clinic. Also, scar tissue is one of my favourite things to work on! I’m obviously biased 😉
Post # 12
@PermaStudent: Massages hurt, ma’am. They hurt a lot. I am not a crier and I cried the next day. I couldn’t move, literally. I had to miss work. I am biased too, lol.
Post # 13
@MrsPanda99: You had a shitty RMT who didn’t check in with you, obviously! Unless you consented to it and there was a damn good reason, there is no way you should have been in that much pain. I would give you a lovely massage 🙂
Post # 14
This happens to me no matter where I am. It’s poor circulation in combination with sitting at a desk all day. My left hand gets cold, too, but my right is always worse. You’re not making your blood pump very hard when you’re seated, so it’s just doing the minimum. Get up and walk around for a few minutes and you’ll notice your hands and feet start to warm up.
@MrsPanda99: Whaaaaaat. Massages should never hurt.
Post # 15
physical therapy advice: if there isn’t any numbness or tingling then it isn’t carpal tunnel. There is also commonly pain with that condition. It does not affect blood supply at all because there is no blood vessels going through the carpal tunnel- only the median nerve and some tendons.
Do you only get this problem when typing at your computer?
Your problem definitely sounds vascular to me. And I’m betting that the way you type has your wrists too bent, which is cutting off one of your blood vessels. It could also be a more serious problem due to your past medical history. I would definitely recommend seeing a doctor pronto.
In the meantime, it might be worth it to try out a wrist splint that prevents your from bending your wrists when typing to see if that stops you from kinking off your blood vessel. just a thought
Post # 16
@MrsPanda99: massages should NEVER be painful. if they’re painful, you stop the massage therapist and tell them it hurts. if it hurts, they’re doing something wrong. i’ve had bad massages where i’ve been in pain the next day. i ended up at a chiropractor because the massage therapist did damage.
@MsGinkgo: it sounds like circulation. find a doctor. and in the meantime, try to do exercises with your wrist every hour or so, to keep the blood circulating. wiggle your fingers, stretch out your wrists.