I had a meeting with a hand specialist yesterday, and I’m feeling much more cheery as a result: I do indeed have carpal tunnel syndrome but it’s not something I need to worry too much about.
I’m going to have a minor operation, probably in August, and I won’t need to take much more than a week off work. The cure rate – that is, people who have the op and never have to worry about CTS in that hand ever again – is about 87%, and while there’s some muscle damage in my right hand it doesn’t appear to be particularly serious. The symptoms in my left hand may be early signs of carpal tunnel too, but for now they’re not severe.
So that’s nice.