So I'm in a lot of pain again and my usual techniques aren't working. So I had an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon today, and got the following feedback:
- The Internet is wrong about tendinosis (among other things)
- The forearm exercises I'm doing will be helpful, but only after I get proper physical therapy
- There's more, better stretches I should be doing
- Gentle, warm, self-massage: good. Massage therapy: bad.
- While I might be in a lot of pain right now there isn't that much to worry about, and I just need to take it easier (but there's no particular reason to take a leave of absence just yet)
- I should keep using software to enforce typing breaks, which is a really good idea; for some reason the surgeon had never heard of this before which is a little alarming...
- Pretty much all hand/wrist therapy is "no better than placebo" so it's a matter of finding what works for one's individual pain
She gave me a much better splint for sleeping in, and scheduled a nerve study in case it really is carpal tunnel syndrome (but it probably isn't), referred me to a physical therapist, and left me feeling underwhelmed and meh. Hopefully the PT will help. I'm pretty much at my wits' end here.