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Mon, 03/22/2010 - 7:02am

Sixteen-year-old Annie Levitz was recently diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome – which her doctors attribute to the teen sending over 100 text messages a day to family and friends. She might have to have surgery on both wrists. From the minute school was over to sometimes as late as 11 p.m., breaking only for dinner, Levitz was in text mode – generating as many as 4,000 messages per month on an unlimited plan.

Levitz told her parents one day that her hands were going numb, prompting them to bring her to Dr. Sofia Aksentijevich late last year. Aksentijevich said she diagnosed Levitz with carpal tunnel syndrome. Levitz informed her about the frequent texting after no other medical conditions could be attributed to the condition.

Aksentijevich prescribed anti-inflammatory medication and gave her a cortisone shot in her right hand. Levitz wears braces that go from her hands up her arms when she's in pain. Her parents took away her phone for a while, but she has it back and is reportedly down to 30 daily texts.

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