THE first case of ‘whatsappitis’ has been diagnosed in Granada after a pregnant woman arrived in hospital with sore wrists.

The 34-year-old had been over-using the messaging service Whatsapp, with doctors noting she spent as much as 6 hours holding her phone in one day. She is 27 weeks into her pregnancy.

Doctor Fernandez-Guerrero, of General University Hospital in Granada, said the patient had ‘bilateral wrist pain’ and describe it as ‘whatsappitis’.

“The treatment consisted of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and complete abstinence from using the phone to send messages,” she said.

Spanish people use Whatsapp more than any other European country, but doctors are now warning people not to strain the wrists too much sending messages to friends and family.

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