One woman’s habit of wearing a hairband around her wrist led to a painful nerve condition.
Lisa McLennan, 47, an artist who lives in British Columbia, Canada, suffers from carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS).
Ms McLennan suffers from the painful condition in both hands, she said it has always been worse in her left – and she did not know why until a chance encounter, shares Yahoo.
“I injured the tendon in my thumb and [the doctors] checked me for carpal tunnel syndrome,” she said.
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“I was in a shop a few days later telling the woman who worked there how my left wrist was more severe than my right and she pointed to my [hair] elastic and said ‘stop doing that then’.
“I was like ‘pardon me’ and she explained that a neurologist had told her not to do it because it can cause issues.”
She said her symptoms include circulation issues, damage and inflammation – and when she isn’t using her left wrist it goes numb.
Of her hair band use, Ms McLennan said: “It was just a habit, it was always on my wrist whenever it wasn’t in my hair.”
“I’m so aware now that I shouldn’t be doing it but I’ll be cleaning the house, find an elastic and put it on my wrist, then I think, ‘oh no, what am I doing’. I have taken to using a hair claw instead, so I don’t put the elastic on my wrist.”
Ms McLennan warned: “Don’t do it”.
“Just don’t. Whether it causes issues right now or not, it’s an easy fix, an easy, proactive way to save yourself pain later,” she added.
We have shared a warning previously not to wear hair ties around your wrist after one woman ended up in hospital with a painful infection. Read more on her story HERE.
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