My neuro told me I have symptoms of carpel tunnel, (it was a coincidental diagnosis from the nerve conduction studies I had during my lupus workup), the dropsies, the cramps, the numbness and tingling, etc, the stop you in your tracks intermittant pain, not from repetitive strain injury, but from nerve inflammation that when the nerve in my wrist is swollen it's bigger, and then it becomes "impinged". And actually, wearing a wrist brace at night does help keep my hands from tingling and falling asleep as much,
p.s. I always use my forearms whenever I am lifting and carrying my 7 month old granddaughter.
God knows, even if I don't....
CNS Lupus 2005, APS, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis
Meds: Plaquenil, Neurontin, Thyroid, Piroxicam, Aspirin, Atenolol and Norvasc, Prednisone 5mg daily and Paxil, Ambien every night.