Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Usual household chores like washing the dishes, sweeping and mopping the floor, and hand-washing clothes leave my hands in pain. I broke a couple of glassware already because my hands suddenly get numb, my fingers get stiff, and there's a splitting pain somewhere around the wrists.

Because of my medical history, I've decided to see my orthopedic surgeon to have it checked. Based on my symptoms, (which my doctor explained is fairly common) he believes I have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. He asked me to undergo several tests to confirm (as it may also be arthritis) and check the extent of the swelling.

I already had my wrist x-ray done. Next tests are: EMG (electromyography) and NCV (nerve conduction velocity) -- which I am praying, would give a result that would not require me to undergo surgery or steroid injections anymore. :-(

In the meantime, the doctor gave me some pain relievers and medicine to reduce the swelling. He also told me to keep my wrists/hands in 'neutral' position always, and avoid straining.

I hope the pain and swelling resolves soon, because the household chores are inevitable and I feel helpless having a loose grip.

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