I was diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in the late 1980s. I was working two jobs in customer service, which involved the heavy use of keyboards and data entry. I noticed that my hands were tired and achy at the end of the day. Eventually, my fingers began tingling and I was aware of pain on the inside of both of my wrists. One day the pain was so bad that I couldn’t lift my coffee cup, type or answer my phone without cringing. I left work and headed to my doctor’s office. He performed a few tests and referred me to a hand specialist. After a few tests, I was diagnosed with the condition. The specialist offered me a few options:
- Surgery to correct the problem. I really didn’t want that.
- Physical therapy to alleviate the problem and to try to avoid surgery.
- Quit my jobs, undergo physical therapy and find another line of work. Right. Not gonna happen.
I chose option two, but could not afford the deductibles, copays and the full price of physical therapy after my limited health insurance ran out of “approved visits.”
After the three approved physical therapy sessions were over, I headed to the library and began to check out books on the subject and look for more exercises. I created my own folder and worked on my hands/wrists when I got up, at lunchtime and before I went to bed.
I also wore carpal tunnel splints to bed as recommended by the physical therapist. I now buy them at Wal Mart or wherever I can get the right size for a good price. Although some sufferers need to wear them all day, I chose not to.
These days, I have found and download a wide variety of exercises on UTube. Since my wrists seem to get used to particular exercises, I find enough variety to vary the exercises so that the condition never really bothers me much anymore.
Once a month, I treat my hands to a hot wax bath. My hands and wrists feel like a million dollars afterward.
There are days that I experience pain and tightness in my wrists, but I no longer experience numbness or tingling in my fingers. On those days, I watch a movie or two instead of write, take a mild pain reliever and let my hands rest.
It’s easy to manage Carpal Tunnel Syndrome if you work at it a little every day. It does not have to