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    dark_horse is offline Member
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    Default hand swelling, numbness, loss of strength

    symptoms: swelling of hands, loss of strength, can't make a fist, numbness at night that wakes me up with my hands burning/throbbing, swollen tense forearms, decrease in hand dexterity

    What I have been doing differently as of late: started working on a ranch and all I have been doing is digging, shoveling, carrying, gripping things non-stop for 10 hours a day this past week. I trained only one day this week two days ago.

    The problems have only occurred over the last two days, with today being the worst. I wouldn't worry about it too much, but I have to be back at work on Monday, because I will be the only one at the ranch to feed/clean/ride, etc. I have had hand numbness at night sporadically in the past, but nothing like this.

    It is probably repetitive motion syndrome and I should rest and take an anti-inflammatory, but I was just wondering if anyone had any better suggestions if they have ever run into problems like this.

    It is funny to go to dragondoor with this issue, but this site is, on most accounts, more efficient and more reliable (and cheaper) than going a doctor.

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    Steve Boon is offline Junior Member
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    Default acute tendonitis?

    Was what my doc diagnosed when I came down with similar symptoms. I ended up hurt after staking pickets and rope at a PGA golf tournament for a week. Driving hundreds of steel pickets into hard clay is hard on the hands!

    Anyway, I concur with the recommendation you see a doctor ASAP. Mine had me use ice, massage, compression, and REST to regain my mobility and strength. He also had some pretty dire warnings about letting the matter go untreated.

    Go see the doc!

    Good luck

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