How I’m Managing My Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Working My Hands Too MuchHave you ever found yourself stomping on your foot because it’s fallen asleep, and you don’t like that pins and needle feeling?  That’s what one of the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome feels like.  I’ve been to a few Neurologists, and they all tell me that I need to have surgery.  I work as a full time Administrative Assistant spending the majority of my day on the computer.  At home I love spending my time cooking and crafting, so the thought of surgery is most unwelcoming.

I have a high tolerance for pain, but I only take medication when absolutely necessary.  My symptoms can be quite challenging, and absolutely frustrating.  I often wake up in the middle of the night from sharp piercing pain and burning.  My thumb, index, and middle finger lock up, they get swollen at times, have little grip, and it’s really hard to tell if they’re hot or cold from the tingling and numbness.  Sometimes using my hands become useless while spending time on Pinterest, and I’ve had to limit my driving.  Thankfully, hubby and I work for the same company, so he plays chauffeur most days.

Now, I’m not saying that surgery wouldn’t help.  I know friends and coworkers that have had the surgery, and are doing just fine, but there are also a couple who ended up worse than before.  But after much research and thought I’ve decided to opt for holistic options to treat my Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Some of the things I’m working on are learning how to reduce stress, eating healthier, and exercising more.  Reducing stress is difficult to do when you work in a fast paced environment.  One of the things that has helped the most has been adding exercise into the mostly sedentary life of a desk job girl.  After spending the majority of the day on a computer at work it can be challenging to maintain a blog, but I’m working on it.

I acquired a used Fit Bit One, added a minimum of 30 minutes’ exercise 5 days a week, and Yoga at least twice.  When your exercise routine is pretty null and void adding any movement is an improvement.  A new small gym at work has been a great help, because I can get a workout in before work, and it’s got a small area in the back where I can do Yoga.  My daughter and I are fans of Adriene Mishler of Yoga with Adriene.  We find her to be very encouraging, funny, and positive outlook is both inspiring and motivating.  Stretching and strengthening exercises provides great physical therapy and can be very helpful when symptoms have decreased.

Everyone’s journey into living a healthier lifestyle, and treatment for medical conditions is different.  For me, part of trying to be healthier naturally is including vegetables in my diet.  Having never been a fan of veggies I’ve been challenging myself by introducing a new vegetable into my diet every few months.  It’s been a great learning experience, and an incredibly challenging figuring out what I like especially for those hard core non veggie lovers like me.  I’ve also included a few supplements into my diet such as Probiotics, B12, Glucosamine, and Omega 3.

Some days are better than others, but I am a work in progress.  What works for some may not work for others, and everyone learns by trial and error.  If you suffer from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, or any other medical condition, how do you manage the symptoms associated with it?

The Broad