Working in IT will do that for sure! It sounds like you spend alot of time with the mouse and keyboard. This can cause RSI (repetitive stress or carpal tunnel) since the mouse and keyboard cause your wrist to bend over the nerves. This happened to me and when it got really bad 2 things that helped immensely:
1) keyboard/mouse wristrest. My keyboard and mouse are on a kellyrest that has a 24 inch wide padded wristrest. my wrists stay straight when I use the keybaord/mouse. I had this at work and home. I immediately feel pain if I don't use it.
2) wrist braces. I got 2 of these to wear at night to help recover. After a couple weeks I didn't need to wear them anymore at night unless I really overstressed during the day.
Try those 2 suggestions. They worked for me. I play my pins every night now, no issue.
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Damn, I wonder if I need this. Never had carpal tunnel issues before, and I've been in IT for over 15 years. However, after finally owning pins for last 45 days or so, and playing them a shit ton, I have nearly no grip strength left in my right hand. No pain, but some numbness; the loss of grip is the worse... I can't even use my thumb to push down the little tab for opening the front door, can barely use a soap dispenser, etc. Just came out of nowhere, but definitely is the pins. Going to need to take a few week break here I think and evaluate, do some PT exercises, maybe see a doctor. Thanks for sharing your story, definitely makes it more serious than "just play through it" like I have been.