Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Pain Relief Tips:
by Neva J. Howell unless otherwise noted
Wrist Pain from Too Much Repetitive Motion?
Update, 2018: Due to continuing to type a lot on the computer, I have also continued to have some issues with my wrists. Most recently, I’ve started doing three things that help a lot. First, I get up and stretch. I make myself stop after every 20-30 minutes, get away from the computer, and flex my wrists and upper body.
Second, I have started massaging organic castor oil into my wrists. It is anti-inflammatory and I find it helps a lot with swelling and pain. I definitely recommend organic, cold pressed because cheaper castor oil may not be pure.
Third, I have started drinking a hot tea made from a few shakes of organic cayenne from a spice jar, with about a cap full of Bragg’s organic vinegar and 1/4 teaspoon of raw, unfiltered honey. The vinegar helps with alkaline ph and both it and honey are anti-inflammatory. The cayenne helps circulation and helps other ingredients work better.
Because I spend hours every day typing on the computer, I eventually ended up having symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. Like so many other life experiences, I didn’t fully appreciate how painful carpal tunnel is until I experienced it myself. It’s really agonizing at times, like a tooth ache in my wrist.
Here are some of the symptoms I experienced, that are related to carpal tunnel syndrome:
Tingling in fingers
Numbness in hand and fingers
Sharp, painful shooting pains in hand, wrist and arm
Weakness in gripping with affected hand
My massage therapist gave me my first really good tip on pain relief for my own carpal tunnel when she suggested taking Vitamin B-6. She calls B-6 the “fine tuner” of the B Vitamins and said a dose of about 250 mg was needed.
I can definitely say it helped. In addition to the B-6, I got massage. It’s important to find a therapist that has worked with carpal tunnel. There are specific ways to work with those areas and if a therapist has not trained for that, it could make it worse.
Wearing a wrist brace when driving and typing helped also. I personally found that the stretchy flexible wrist braces worked better than the stiff kind. You may have to try several before finding the right one for your particular situation.
And finally, I folded a towel and placed it beside my pillow at night so that when I lay on my side, the wrist would be lifted a bit off the bed. This helped me get relief at night and feel a lot better when I woke up.
I applied a product called Cryoderm that I got from my chiropractor several times daily. I found it very helpful for the pain. Also, much as I dislike taking NSAID’s, I resorted to alleve at night to help me sleep and also sometimes if driving long distances.
To prevent getting to the point I got to, gentle stretching by placing the hand palm down and facing inward and then stretching that wrist area by carefully pushing down on the palm is a good preventative.