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Did I just choose between my hands and 8 hrs of TF2? (Carpal tunnel of love question)
So a few months ago, I was engrossed in a really heavy gaming session. Bathroom breaks only. Scratch that--just get the poop bucket. How else was this heavy-medic duo on the other team going to learn?! I'm exaggerating of course, but we've all been there.
I retire for the evening, but the next day, I wake up to a dull new pain from my elbow all the way to my hands. The pain would get sharp if I picked up certain objects that put my hands and arms into certain configurations. Like picking up a pitcher would cause pain, but not a toothbrush. I'm a rightie who grabs the mouse claw-grip style in FPS games. When I replicated that motion, the pain would instantly return.
Right now, the dull pain is gone, but the sharper pain will still return with right-handed mouse use, and will localize in the index and middle fingers right at the knuckle at the base of the fingers.
I don't have health insurance right now and can't afford to see a doctor. My way of diagnosing and treating this has been to research it on the web, go easy on my hand, and just hope it heals. Web resources point to carpal tunnel. I'm scared it's true.
Does this sound like an overuse injury that will eventually go away? Does anyone else have similar experiences or diagnoses to share? I'm encouraged to some extent because yes, I have been healing on my own, slowly but surely, for the past two months. But I've never had an injury of any kind last this long before, and it remains an issue even now. I guess my concern is with the possible permanency of this.
Did I just ruin my hands for good? What do I do here?