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Posted by Curt
on March 08, 2000 at 11:19:43:
Hello everyone. My wife and I are self-employed flooring contractors. For a few years she was able to do just as much physical labor as I was. But after grouting a large ceramic tile floor 11 months ago, she has been experiencing inability to even brush her hair or hold a coffee cup. For those unfamiliar with what it means to grout a ceramic tile floor, it is a tedious work process in which a person gets on their hands and knees and very physically forces the grout back and forth across the floor of tiles and into the grout joints. Grout is merely colored cement in it's uncured form. We have continuously researched this and have tried lesser forms of therapy, such as arm braces, chiropractic care, diet, exercise, etc. This has helped somewhat. She can now at least sleep through the night without pain and her fingers are not swollen together like sausages when she wakes up. There has been a decrease in the tingling sensations as well. However, just as soon as she attempts any activity involving the use of her wrists, the symptoms return. This has kept us from enjoying tennis, bowling, and the like, things she can no longer do. I have not permitted her to work secularly since the onset of it 11 months ago. She is only 24 years old, and I do not wish to see her plagued for the rest of her life. So, before we finally go see a doctor, any comments from you would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance. Curt.
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