I remember when I was 28 I woke up with the worst hand and arm pain I have ever experienced. It felt like someone was giving me constant electrical shocks. When I went to the doctor, I found out that I had Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is caused by a pinched nerve in your wrist, and is more common in women. This is probably because women have smaller carpal tunnels. The most common cause seems to be working on a computer or other job where you’re constantly flexing your wrist.
Other causes may include high blood pressure, fluid retention in menopause, or rheumatoid arthritis.
Your doctor will perform a physical examination and tests, and there are also things you can do at home to relieve the pain. Here are four home remedies to relieve the pain of carpal tunnel syndrome:
Wear Splints at Night
I have been wearing splints to bed since I was in my late 20s, and it holds my wrists still while I sleep. It isn’t the most fun thing to do, but if I skip it, my wrists are tingling and achy. I’m lucky because my insurance covers the cost of the splints.
Take Quick Breaks
If you’re at work, you might have to be more discreet, but in addition to your regularly scheduled breaks, stretch your fingers and palms. Most bosses know that you need to stretch, so it shouldn’t be that much of a problem.
Take a Pain Reliever
Sometimes you just want the pain to quickly go away, and taking an Ibuprofen or Advil can really make a difference. Talk to your doctor about the correct dosage and how often you should take it. It can make you sleepy, so be careful when you are at work.
Don’t Sleep on Your Stomach
When you sleep on your stomach, you may be gripping your pillow, and that can cause pain and numbness in your hands and wrist.
I tried home remedies but needed to have surgery on both my right and left wrists. I still need to wear splints to type and to sleep. You may want to look for another job so you’re not always flexing your wrist.