Unexpected consequences: Carpel tunnel syndrome

Herbicide use can lead to carpel tunnel syndrome. Ortho does not need to add this concern to its list of possible side effects on its Poison Ivy and Tough Brush Killer containers, but I need a new approach for dealing with dead and dying invasives.

After an intense week of daily root pulling, the pain in my left arm and hand kept me awake and scared for many nights. So concerned that I made an appointment with a doctor. The median nerve in the third finger of my left hand still tingles even though I have not pulled a root in 10 days.

The herbicide instructions are moot on the question of what to do after spraying. “May take 2 to 6 weeks to be effective” is all you get. Then what?

Two websites offered some indirect guidance. UConn lists some considerations of herbicide use. UMaine provides information on the control of bittersweet and black swallow-wort.

I am going to leave the roots in place to see what survives into the next season.

Dead bittersweet

Dying black swallow wort

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2 comments
  1. Yikes. Sounds so painful–and for YOU to make an appointment with a doc. This is serious. Hope you feel better and that the herbicide keeps working without your pulling.

  2. Matunuck Maven said:

    Can I mediate the Ortho suit for trade disparagement?? Please?
    There are few finer sights than dying black swallow wort.
    Rest that hand, amiga.

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