For years I suffered with Carpel Tunnel Syndrome without knowing it. I made excuses for my symptoms and did not think anything was wrong. I suffered from periods of time when my hands would feel numb or tingle. I also had times when I could not maintain my grip on things or when my hands would hurt without any reason.
In 2002 I was involved in an auto accident, which not only aggravated the hand and wrist problems but caused a serious impingement in my right shoulder. Because of the problems with my shoulder, I ended up going to an Orthopedic Surgeon and ended up discovering I would need surgery in order to regain my range of motion. During the discussion about the surgery, it became apparent that I had a problem with the hand and wrist area. I was told we needed to check this out and it led to the diagnosis of the Carpal Tunnel problem. The shoulder became a secondary situation because the Dr. said I needed to have surgery for the Carpel Tunnel first or the shoulder surgery could result in the loss of the use of my hand.
It became clear to me at this point that I should have had the numbness and other symptoms checked out long ago. Had I listened to my body and what hurt I could have avoided years of pain. It would also have made my recovery time from the auto accident shorter because I would have only had one surgery at a time.
Lesson learned! It is important to deal with health problems when they are noticed to avoid far worse situations later.
It is necessary to note that the Carpel Tunnel Syndrome has returned however it is not anywhere near as bad today because of the exercises I learned during the recovery process after the surgery. I limit how long I do activities that can actually promote the condition. By doing wrist flexes and staying aware of my condition I have limited its progression.