Thanks for responding. Here's my answers to your questions:
1. I have a gel support for my keyboard. I now have a split keyboard and a touchpad mouse. I was finding I was using a "pincer" action with a conventional mouse - I basically was gripping it like my life depended on it (just like most of us do day-to-day with everthing!!)
My workstation could not really be improved much more. I guess voice activated software would be the next step at work if the adjustments don't work. But this wouldn't necessarily solve all my problems.
2. I have had a tennis elbow clasp for sometime now. I don't really feel the benefit of it although I do wear it when I'm suffering symptons. I have had ultrasound treatment and other exercises advised by the physio but they failed to make any impact. The physio is the one who recommended cortisone injections.
3. Yes to all. My job involves auditting, research (IT based), spreadsheet preparation and typing up reports. Pretty much everything I do involves the computer.
I was at the Ortho yesterday and he has told me that this flare up is not coming from the same place as the tennis elbow. He says that I have trapped the radial nerve(I may have got the name wrong) and this is because the muscle it passes through is torn and swollen and putting pressure on the nerve. The muscle I have weakened is causing problems for my middle finger - the strength is definitely reduced.He has given me another injection directly into the muscle with anaesthetic to paralyze the nerve initally until the cortisone kicked in the reduce the swelling.
I am suffering the aftermath at the moment, feels like I have had a terrific cramp because the muscle was contracted for a number of hours. I have to see how it goes and maybe need to get sensory tests.
There you go Sandy........you did ask!
Any words of advice?
Diagnosed with HMS in 1991 after 5 years of misdiagnosis and disinterested consultants. Just knowing what's wrong with you is liberating!