Student Nurse Carpel Tunnel

  1. Due to the excessive note taking, handling large books, and etc., have any of you experienced aches and pains in your hands and arms? If so, beware...

    I was recently Dx with slight CTS. Although not completely due to nursing school. Mostly, my previous work. All the writing and handling of these large books has flared this CTS up...

    Has anyone ever heard of CTS interfering with their nursing career?

    Replies appriciated...
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  3. by   chillywill
    I would very much like to see some responces to this thread as I have CTS in both wrists. I have considered surgery but have delayed because I am not sure if it is worth the risk involved.
  4. by   PennyLane
    I have been diagnosed with tendonitis, but I suspect it's turned into carpel tunnel. I've had problems for years, starting with a waitressing job, and up through two IT computer-related jobs. Constant typing has been my downfall.

    I can't even play piano anymore. *sigh*

    I really hope it doesn't get in the way of my (eventual) nursing career, but I'm counting on it not, since my problems are mostly when I'm repeating the same motion over and over for hours at at time.
  5. by   ST_NURSE_MLD
    Thanks for responding.... I've posted the question of interference on the general board. So, maybe someone that has CTS and is already working as an RN can enlighten us on the effects. I'll be so mad if this stuff keeps me from getting a job....

    If interested checkout posts made on the general discussion board.
  6. by   zambezi
    I personally do not have cts, however, we have a nurse in our unit that has been off of work for at least four months now waiting for authoriztion for surgery...turning, charting, and lots of repetetive movements have caused her cts...her arm swells even after light work (although i don't know what she does in her spare time..) this sounds kind of negative, but nursing care can make this worse in the experiences that i have seen, take care of yourself!!!
  7. by   ST_NURSE_MLD
    Thanks zambezi!!