Living with carpal tunnel can be just as irritating to your family as it is to you. Learning exercises and uses braces at the beginning can be a huge relief and maybe even mean a “remission.”
In learning to deal with carpal tunnel pain and numbness, I had to face the realities that it placed on me. No longer was I able to just type, prepare foods or even sleeping in my favorite position for hours at a time. While most may not find this to be a problem, I am a freelance writer and live to write. To have my favorite passion and work taken from me was very difficult to deal with.
I had already went through the soaking my hands in Epson salt baths, applying ice to reduce the swelling and so forth. What I was looking for was my doctor to just tell me to have the operation and relieve it for good. What I got instead was the doctor’s warning that I should avoid the surgery all together if it was possible at all. In working with my primary care doctor, I was able to identify several exercises to reduce the pain, swelling and improve my hand functions. Some of these exercises included keeping my hands together near my chin and bringing them in a downward motion to my stomach and then holding for ten to fifteen seconds or laying my hands straight out and moving them in a circular motion. These exercises helped to stretch and strengthen my hands that were otherwise mostly in a typing stance.
While the exercises did help with pain and numbness a great deal, I was still struggling with attacks in the middle of the night because of my sleep patterns. To combat and correct these problems, my doctor and I decided to try the hand and wrist guards to sleep in at night. The wrist guards were a bit bulky and restrictive but since I was supposed to be sleeping anyway, it was not that big of a deal. Each night, I put these guards on and sleep with them on for several weeks. At the same time, I had also started taking an anti-inflammatory medication due to being diagnosed with high antihistamine levels. Without even realizing it, the burning pain sensations had become less and less. It was a great feeling to be able to sleep and work without experiencing those stabbing pains.
In time, I have even been able to get back to my passion of writing. Dealing with the effects of Carpel Tunnel may not always be pretty, but it sure is worth a try to avoid unnecessary surgery.
**As always, check with your medical provider before engaging any practices to alleviate pain.**