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Carpal tunnel and Cake Decorating

Carpal tunnel and Cake Decorating

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Posted by CO on October 01, 2000 at 23:44:39:

I just recently found this board. It helped me
to read some of your messages. I was beginning
to think there must be something wrong with me. Now
I have read there are many of you going through
the same things I am.

I was a Cake Decorator. I was diagnosed with
bilateral carpal tunnel. I have had each operated
on twice and am still having problems. My work
paid for all the operations. The Dr. who operated
on me gave me permanent work restrictions and a
permanent physical impairment rating. My work
didn't like his rating, it was too high. They
then sent me to another Dr. who gave me a very low rating and said I didn't need any restrictions. This
other Dr. also said that cake decorating is not
repetitive and does not require enough force to cause
carpal tunnel syndrome. At that time I hired a lawyer.
After I hired a lawyer my work told me they could
no longer work with my restrictions and that I
had to go back to full duty. Of course I was unable
to do that and had to quit. I am still under the
care of the surgeon who operated on me. I am still
getting cortisone shots. I took Vioxx for a while
but couldn't live with side effects. I now take
1600 - 2000 mg ibuprofen daily. I still wear splints
at night, when driving. I was wearing them when I
worked also. Can't use my hands for much of anything
without them giving me a fit.

I would appreciate hearing from any cake decorators
who have cts.

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