I started getting carpal tunnel in 1993, started in my right hand, so I switched to my left hand and quickly got carpal tunnel there to. I had surgery in September '93 on my right hand. For the most part I lost 50-60% of my productivity and I had constant sensation from my fingers to my elbows.
It took about 10 years for most symptons to go away.
Number one: see your Doctor for medical advise… find a legit web site that talks about ergonomics so you can learn more about it.
Number two: see what the University can do to help you.
Otherwise the way you work on a computer, how you sit, how long you work for, how you sit at home, what you do at home, everything in regards to your body and how you use it will affect what happens from here on out.
Until you are actually having issues, it’s difficult for others to understand what you are going through. It can be a chronic, constant issue for a long time. The key is to try and manage
how you use your body to work towards healing the injury physically and to not loose hope mentally.
It doesn’t mean you need to stop working towards your career, it just means you may need to take some time to let your body heal and rest. These issues will not go away quickly so be patient and learn to know your limits.
It’s also important to know that one day in a bad ergonomic setting can set you back weeks… so if a workstation/laptop, etc is set up wrong, change it ASAP.
Carpal Tunnel was a big set back for me in the 90’s it made me stop doing a lot of computer work and art… even though I’m not very prolific it didn’t stop me from trying to continue improving my art skills. So don’t give up hope.
Sorry if I’m vague or just talking in general terms here, you really need to talk with a doctor or medical people at the University as a first step.
I hope I helped in some way.