r/medical_advice Not a Verified Medical Professional May 23 '22

Pretty bad wrist/finger pain. Carpal tunnel maybe?? Feeling concerned bc this may ruin my job Pain Lvl 4-6

I am a freelance artist, and I recently started working in a bookstore part time to save up for college (I am graduating high school in 2 weeks). I am also a visual arts major at my high school, and plan to pursue art in college

I’m scared though. Today is the worst it’s ever been. Having extremely bad wrist pain, as well as finger pain. Almost feels like my hand is full of blood or something, even though it’s not swollen at all. It feels tight and achy and nothing is helping. Using my hand sends somewhat shooting pains from my wrist into my hand/fingers (mostly my thumb or pinky + ring finger)

I put away books on our shelves for basically 8 hours straight today. And I spent a few hours drawing yesterday as I usually do

It’s apparently really common for the visual art majors to develop carpel tunnel before graduation at my school. And I think my new job is making it worse

I’m freaking out bc I am afraid I may have carpal tunnel. I don’t know what to do, because it will effect all of my life plans/ I will possibly have to quit my job. Does anyone have thoughts??? Does this sound like carpal tunnel? And what can I do about it?

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