In my profession, I am constantly plucking away on my keyboard, sometimes writing several lengthy stories in the same day. I have a few day jobs, and in one of these jobs, I am a professional writer. This means I don’t have any choice other to than to be on the keyboard all day long.
I also used to work in a field that required me to use power tools that vibrated nonstop. My hands shook more than those vibrating beds that you used to find in cheesy motels across the country.
I guess, in a nutshell, you could say that every job I’ve ever had contributed to my eventually having carpal tunnel syndrome. All of my jobs have required a lot of constant, repetitive hand movement, which sometimes leads to people developing this syndrome.
Since I have always worked so much with my hands, I shouldn’t have been surprised with I started exhibiting some of the tell-tale symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.
I was surprised, though. It seemed like the syndrome came out of nowhere, but I was probably just in denial until the issues became more and more severe.
I had all of the typical symptoms when I finally went to the doctor. I guess it varies from person to person, but all of my symptoms seemed to creep up out of nowhere.
The big one for me, though, was feeling like my fingers were always swollen when they actually weren’t. I also had this awful, shooting pain, whenever I tried to work. Sadly, due to the specific kind of pain I was having, I knew I had carpal tunnel syndrome. Once I reached a certain level of pain and discomfort, I could no longer be in denial about my issues. Instead, I had to address them head-on and see a doctor.
Because of this, I went to my doctor’s office and flat-out told him my self-diagnosis. I was correct, which I already knew would be the case.
The doctor performed the “Tinel Test” to diagnose me. This test involved the doctor tapping on a nerve in my write. Since I had a tingling in my fingers, this meant I had carpel tunnel syndrome. It was that simple.
Having carpel tunnel syndrome can be painful at times, but I’ve tried to work around these issues as best as I can. I won’t lie to everyone and say that I’ve found some miracle treatment, but I have found some simple ways to cope with my pain. My methods don’t always work, but they work well enough most of the time.
Here are my tips for surviving with carpel tunnel syndrome.
I take some medication for my problems. This doesn’t help everything, but it does ease the pain and makes everything at least manageable. Don’t be afraid to talk to your doctor about your medical options. Also, don’t be too proud to take prescription medicines!
I do yoga. Seriously, this sounds like a weird way to address carpal tunnel syndrome, but just try it! Yoga made a huge difference in my life, and it also helped with my carpel tunnel. Here is a link to a website that will give you some great yoga tips for your carpel tunnel syndrome.
I work with a chiropractor. On top of helping with my carpel tunnel, he helps with other issues, too! It’s a win-win. My regular doctor said this couldn’t hurt, so I figured I might as well give it a shot! Now, my back always feels amazing, and my carpal tunnel syndrome is manageable, too.
I do whatever I can to be more comfortable. I’m willing to give anything a try, and you should be, too. Discuss your plans with your doctor, though. This is very important. Personally, I never want to have carpel tunnel syndrome surgery, so I’m always willing to try new techniques to help me cope.