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Look at your life currently. Do you have a work-related musculoskeletal disorder (WMSD)? If so, how has it affected your life? If you do not, imagine what life would be like with a WMSD. A rotator cuff injury, carpal tunnel syndrome, and lower back pain are all issues that people live with. You may also find it helpful to spend a few minutes on YouTube looking at other people's circumstances with WMSDs before sharing your thoughts I do not have a chronic WMSD, however there was a period in time where I suffered from what I believed to be the early onset of carpal tunnel syndrome. At the time I was working two jobs. One of those jobs was landscaping which required a lot of hand movement as it required tasks such as raking, clipping, edging, mowing, digging, shoveling, and numerous other tasks requiring the use of a solid grip for extended periods of time. My second job was in the kitchen at a cidery at night. I made sandwiches, charcutier boards, salads, and various other meals and snacks. This job compounded the effects of my landscaping job because it required me to do a lot of tasks that required a solid grip for extended periods of time such as cutting, chopping, carrying trays and dirty dishes, hand cleaning dishes, and assisting with replacing empty cider kegs. After a couple of months of doing both of these jobs (where I worked both at least 5 days a week and occasionally all 7) I began experienced sharp pain and numbness in my right hand (which is my primary hand). It started happening initially right after long shifts, however after a few weeks it began happening sporadically even on the days I was not working. It made everything from writing, turning a page while reading, washing my hands, doing chores at the house, driving (gripping the steering wheel), and anything that required the use of my right hand incredibly painful and difficult to accomplish during the times the symptoms were flaring up which were becoming more frequent over time. This lead to become more and more of a home body to avoid having to use my hands at all when not at work which negatively affected my social life. If also made me a lot more irritable and less helpful around the house as I was before due to the pain which also impacted my relationship with my brother and his wife (as I was living with them at the time) as I am sure it was coming across to them that I was getting lazy. I ended up purchasing a wrist brace to wear at work which didn’t help it get better, but it did stop it from getting worse. I reached a point where I was getting depressed from being in pain frequently and losing friendships and the extra stress with my family. Eventually I quite the landscaping job and found a different job as a county dispatcher (which was mostly low impact computer and paperwork). I still worked at the cidery but I continued to wear my brace when I worked, and usually had at least 1 day off a week I was not working either job. After a couple of weeks of the new job and schedule the pain began to subside and I no longer experience it today. I can not imagine suffering from a WMSD long

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