Like many busy writers, you may have occasional times when you feel twinges or cramps in your hands or fingers from grasping a pen too hard or from long sessions at the computer. The newsletter needs to get out, or you have a number of articles to prepare for submission. Maybe you spend hours writing emails as a part of your regular job. However, if that occasional twinge or cramp turns into hand numbness or pain you may be experiencing carpal tunnel syndrome and it shouldn’t be ignored.
The median nerve, a main nerve running from the forearm to the hand, courses through the carpal tunnel along with tendons from the forearm. The tunnel is comprised of bones and a band of strong connective tissue. In carpal tunnel syndrome, the tendons become inflamed and compress the median nerve in the tunnel leading to the symptoms.