My doctor came into the room, tested me for CT, and aftering determining I didn't have carpal tunnel told me I had RSI, wrote a presciption for Diclofenac and left. It took him all of five minutes and I didn't even get to finish telling him what was wrong. My finger joints are stiff sometimes, from typing and my wrist is tight/stiff. When I flex, I can feel a numb pain (not numbness as in can't feel) move along the back of my hand, in the pattern of my veins. If I make a fist and move my hand, the wrist pops. Grabbing it and throwing it back to force it to pop gives temporary relief. My hand hurts when typing, but doesn't prevent me from it and the locking isn't permanent; just when I've had my hand in a fist for a long time and then only once. I sleep fine. It hurts when I'm not typing, but only as a dull ache, no numbness, pins/needles, etc. My joints aren't worse in the morning. My shoulders also feel tight. He never said specifically what type of RSI.
I agree with him it's RSI, but I don't want to cause lithium toxicity or gastrointestinal problems just for pain relief. Would it be healthier, and work (I've no allergies) to use/take cayenne pepper, Vitamin E, Vitamin B6+B12 to improve circulation. cut soda (I don't think water now, dehydration?) and drink exclusively water, rest my hand and use ice packs? Additionally, I was going to continue sitting in my computer chair for an hour or two a day and work through the pain of using proper sitting until my muscles have regained strength. I intend to do stretches. I've considered glucosamine therapy for my joints in case it's osteoarthritis.
Is any of this helpful? Harmful? Should I see another doctor? It's difficult to wade through the inaccuracies of the internet. Can I ever recover from RSI? I don't know whether or not I'm advanced.