Sat May 17, 2008 8:49 am
I went to the doctor today.. I'm pretty sure I have it. I have to see a specialist next week.
I'm a custom woodworker by trade..
This is what I do:
I Install stair railings.
Last year somebody stole my cordless drill, so I had to buy a new one. When I was looking for a new one, I saw a Makita that was an 18volt and really light weight. It advertises that because it's light weight, it's easier to use. But the torque is the same as the other heavier ones.
For a while now I noticed that because of how light weight it is, when it does torque you have to compensate with your hand. If you get lax with it it'll wrench your wrist, so you have to hold on tight to it. Doing my job, it's used for a good 4-5 hours a day. It's been months now of using it everyday, and yesterday, my hand could finally take no more.
I can't even play my guitar now.
The last cordless drill I had was a Dewalt which is heavier. The heavier back end of a cordless drill helps to counter-balance against the torque. So for any construction workers who are on this forum, don't buy into the hype of a lightweight cordless with a high torque rating..
I tried to play guitar tonight, and I lasted all of 5-minutes. I'm typing this with my left hand, and it's taking forever. I can barely hold a pick right now. My other hand is burning and throbbing. I tried to open a pack of 9V batteries earlier and it hurt to do it. Simple tasks just hurt like hell.
My rhythm hand is completely gimped, and I'm afraid I did permanent damage. I need surgery to correct it. I just know it. All I have to say at this point is, Carpal Tunnel hurts like hell, and I hope none of you ever have to experience it.