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What gives YOU Carpel Tunnel Syndrome?


Which of these causes your pain CTS?  

  1. 1. Which of these causes your pain CTS?

    • Xbox
    • PS2
    • GC
    • PC
    • A combination... (Explain below)
    • Other
    • None. I this does not effect me at all.

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What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when tendons or ligaments in the wrist become enlarged, often from inflammation, after being aggravated. The narrowed tunnel of bones and ligaments in the wrist pinches the nerves that reach the fingers and the muscles at the base of the thumb. The first symptoms usually appear at night. Symptoms range from a burning, tingling numbness in the fingers, especially the thumb and the index and middle fingers, to difficulty gripping or making a fist, to dropping things. Some cases of carpal tunnel syndrome are due to work-related cumulative trauma of the wrist. Diseases or conditions that predispose to the development of carpal tunnel syndrome include pregnancy, diabetes, and obesity.





Is there any treatment?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is treated by immobilizing the wrist in a splint to minimize or prevent pressure on the nerves. If that fails, patients are sometimes given anti-inflammatory drugs or injections of cortisone in the wrist to reduce the swelling. There is also a surgical procedure in which doctors can open the wrist and cut the ligament at the bottom of the wrist to relieve the pressure. However, only a small percentage of patients require surgery.

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My working on AutoCAD (PC) in the day and playing from a large library of titles at night for all my systems. (xbox,ps2,pc)

Most of the nightly hours seem to go to the Xbox lately do to the frequent releases of quality titles.


So PC and Xbox for me.

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I'd better knock on wood before and after saying this, but I'm lucky never to have had symptoms of carpal tunnel, and I'm on the computer at least eight hours a day. The closest I've come is playing a couple of games that required you to contort your hands into strange positions. The first one that comes to mind is Metroid Prime, because charging up the beam meant pulling your right thumb way back to press and hold the A button. Not usually a problem, but fighting Metroid Prime for 20 minutes really made me achey.

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Ok, so I've never had real carpel tunnel,... but the most painful gaming experiences in no particular order,...


1. Dreamcast controller,.... I liked it mostly,... except the part where the engineers assumed most peoples arms extend straight out of thier chests. :shock:


2. More than 20 minutes with the pointy cornered D-pad of the Nes controller. :?


3. Intense three hour long NHL sessions with the Genesis controller,...spin, pass, shoot, check, pass, check, spin, shoot,...blister!


4. Back in the day, 1985, Decathalon on the PC, two button mash running!

Tap, tap, tap, tap, tap, tap, tap, tap, tap, spacebar,..... perfect landing, ..28/ft-10/in,... It's a New World Record!

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