By Anonymous - 17/03/2013 03:08 - Australia - Melbourne

Today, I found out that the lump in my wrist that keeps getting inflamed and sore is caused by sketching and using my laptop too much. Good thing I'm in my fourth year of studying to become a designer. FML
I agree, your life sucks 34 932
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challan 19

From sketching... Is that what they're calling it these days?

iLike2Teabag 27

Yea. We all know what "using the laptop" really means, too.


stevenJB 25

Yea I got it too. Doing papers on my laptop :/ it's not inflamed jus gets red and gets calloused?

You guys are doing it wrong, correct your postures.

stevenJB 25

Yes, I want to hold my wrist(s) in the air while I use my computer.

MikeonFML 17

Do wrist and forearm weightlifting exercises. I never had a lump but my wrists used to have acute pains

Wear a sweatband on your wrist, or something else to cushion it. It worked for me and the lump went down.

I got it too; as you can see from my picture I draw and I drew too much one week... Holy hell it hurt. Feel for you, OP.

Immerse hands in a bowl of warm water to loosen the hand muscles. It should help the entire hand. Or you can put your hands at a sink of running water.

Sounds kind of like when you first have a callus starting up. Once it hardens it's fine.

I've had one for about 11 years. If its the same thing, it's called a ganglion cyst, it can be drained or surgically removed.

I have one in my wrist too- except mine gets inflamed when I play volleyball. Have you tried seeing a doctor for it? I've been told mine is a cyst

iammeorami 25

that's because you are hitting the ball with your wrist when you bump. Try hitting the ball a little higher so it doesn't hit your wrist

challan 19

From sketching... Is that what they're calling it these days?

iLike2Teabag 27

Yea. We all know what "using the laptop" really means, too.

RpiesSPIES 27

But I'm fairly sure that causes carpal tunnel, not an inflamed, sore lump on your wrist.

#37 - Both are types of repetitive motion injury.

Sketching, speedbagging, five knuckle shuffle...... too much of a good thing and all.....

Ayeasha 7

Maybe check to see if there's anything to prevent your hand from irritating it? Like a special pad/mat.

ileenefudge 29

Maybe you should go see a doctor for medicine for your wrist.

stevenJB 25

Can just buy one of the cushions for the wrists for computer mice...

astralvagan 20

Sketching = fapping..... If you keep it up, it'll turn into tennis elbow also... But seriously, I hope you find a way to make it feel better, and good luck in engineering

stevenJB 25

I think your replying to the wrong FML...

Have you thought about a wrist guard?

msbrendabella 10

I have it too.. You can massage it down and it seems like it goes away but it will come back...massage it down and then wear a wrist guard while you draw and use your computer.. I got mine junior year of high school from drawing and's been two years since I started using the guard and it prevents it from coming back but if I don't use the guard it does..

CharresBarkrey 15

I'm assuming you're talking about a ganglion cyst? That's what I've got and your description sounds similar to mine. I'll have to try the wrist guard, I never thought of that!

I have that as well, on the underside of my wrist. Started when I was around 10. When it gets too big and annoying, I slam it down on hard surface so it ruptures. It is not a treatment I recommend to people. I tried it on another lump which came up on the top of my foot. I tried hitting it with a hammer to see if it would go away because it was irritating where one of my shoes buckled. When it didn't I went and had it x-rayed. Turns out it was arthritis. The Dr though my treatment was amusing, but not advised.

Ironically that is how doctors used to treat it. They would slam a book down on it to burst it. Now they have better ways of extracting it Less painful ones :)

crazytwinsmom 25

I think it was called a Bible cyst since they'd use a Bible to hit it.

Yep, that sucks. There are things you can do to help alleviate the stress on your wrist and prevent it from recurring though; talk to your doctor about your options. It isn't the end of your design career if you take care of yourself.