Aimee Amodio has written some fabulous blogs about carpal tunnel here on Familes.com. I include her links at the bottom of this article.
I would like to share with you my own experiences with this condition and the ways I have found to control it in my life. However, you need to do what feels best to you in your circumstances; if you feel you need to be treated with more intervention, you follow that feeling.
The summer I was seventeen, I did a lot of crochet, cross-stitch, and typing. As the season progressed, I noticed that my forearms were really starting to hurt and my fingers would go numb. I rubbed them, but it’s hard to rub feeling back into your hands when you can’t feel your hands, you know? I ended up getting some wrist braces and sleeping in them at night, coating my arms liberally with Mineral Ice beforehand and then crying myself to sleep, I was in so much pain. Even cutting back on the crafts didn’t seem to help after a certain point.
After talking to an alternative health care provider, I began taking vitamin B complex, which helped quite a bit, but I was still in pain. Then I met my sweet husband, who told me about flax seed oil, and I have been pain free ever since. I tease him and say that’s why I married him.
I take three capsules of flax seed daily, along with one B complex. From what I’ve read, the flax seed oil lubricates the joints as well as stripping out the uric acid that builds up whenever you perform a repetitive motion. The B complex gives it all a nice kick in the pants to get it going. The great thing is, the flax has also been shown to lower cholesterol levels, so you’re doing something good for yourself on both counts. I can really tell when I’ve missed a dose – the rest of the time I hardly remember that I even have carpal tunnel.
Again, I’m sharing my personal story with you in the hopes you might find some use in it. When it comes to your own health care, the decisions are entirely yours to do as you see fit.