Alright guys, I've owed you this update for awhile but I keep thinking I'm going to wake up the next day and be able to draw again. It's not turning out that way, so I'm gonna try and get a brace or see a doc soon if I absolutely have to. I've got severe carpal tunnel symptoms in both hands. My drawing wrist is good for about a whole 5 minutes of drawing/writing/typing/cooking/walking dog before it starts to hurt from the repetitive movement. In effort to reduce use in my drawing hand (since December when it started) I've been using my left hand for everything and because it's always been really weak, I've made it bad too. The bones in my palm are in pain constantly and a bit swollen. Ice and medicine doesn't make it go away, it's like a toothache in my fingers. Part of what made it worse is that I realized I sleep on my side with my hands fisted underneath me (very bad), and I cook literally everything in a cast iron skillet, which I notoriously lift with one hand (also very bad), and I have always been a finger drawer and writer, rather than whole arm (pretty much the worst). I'm working on correcting my typing habits, sleeping position, and I've gotten all microwave and oven food for the next few weeks so I won't be tempted to cook. I'm not drawing or writing at all. Both hands are so sore, weak and useless for tedious tasks that I haven't been doing anything really. When I do try and draw, my fingers don't really cooperate anymore so it looks bad anyway and isn't worth the risk of prolonging healing.
I've never had this happen before so I have no idea how long it will take to heal and let me work at normal tempo again. I'm thoroughly frustrated because I have all the skill and motivation and ability and even a little bit of time this semester I need to finish commissions, but now my hands are clearly plotting against me. (Jk I know I need to take better care of them.) I've been making steady progress and now everything's dropped off and urrrrrggghhhh roars at everything.
If anyone is fed up with waiting, shoot me a message so I can refund you! For the most part, I believe you have all been amazingly patient with me and will wait for art, and for that I wholly thank you and will make it worth your agonizing wait. I promise I haven't forgotten anyone at all and I'm not going anywhere or hiding from my responsibility, I'm simply held up because I'm just a average person living an average life and shit happens. I'm so sorry!
In conlusion, I'd like to ask what you fellow artsy guys do to combat wrist pains and problems, and if you've ever had carpal tunnel syndrome/tendonitis/etc., to share your experience and recovery with me? I don't have health insurance so I'm wanting to avoid a doctor if all it really needs is bracing it up and waiting for it to heal. What tricks and exercises do you do to keep your hands and fingers strong?