Every school going kid seems to have a mobile phone, leave along the college goers. The pace at which these kids type messages is amazing. An apt example for this New Zealand student Fleur de Vere Beavis, 20, who sends up to 100 text messages a day. Thanks to this she has been diagnosed with the country's first known case of texting tenosynovitis, otherwise known as text-messager's thumb. The New Zealand Medical Journal says that constant text messaging inflames the tendons along the thumb and side of the wrist and fills the surrounding tissue with fluid.
Though only two other cases have been reported with this ailment, in a school-aged child in Singapore and a 13-year-old girl in Australia, the authors of the journal, Emma Storr and Mark Stringer, are skeptical about the numbers. They feel that, considering the popularity of texting, tenosynovitis is likely to be more common than thought. It is always better to be safe than sorry so go easy on text messaging.