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Suffering from Carpel Tunnel Syndrome or Arthritis?

*Stupid Rule Number 35 applies in this segment*

Back in the early nineties, I was working long hours seven days a week trying to make something out of my business. I began waking up with my hand numb and the pain was unbearable.
       I was waking up with my whole right arm being numb and often the left hand was giving me problems too. I decided to go to a low cost clinic to see a doctor about how to treat such a problem. He told me that the thumb, index and second finger going numb was from problems with the carpel tunnel in the wrist and numbness in the other outer fingers was due from problems with the carpel tunnel in the elbow.
       The doctor said that there wasn’t any real way to treat it and that in time when it got to the point where it was a disability, he could recommend me to a doctor for a carpal tunnel operation. He said that the only thing I could do about treating it would be to take ibuprofen.

The ibuprofen might have helped some but I also knew that the drug was hard on the liver.
       Soon after taking the drug, I realized that the arthritis within my thumb joints was beginning to give me excruciating pain in the morning too.
       I would often find myself sticking the knuckle inside my mouth and blowing pressure on them to help relieve some of the pain.

Then one day while I was talking to a customer about the fact that I was getting carpel tunnel syndrome, she said, "What ever you do, don't get the shots or the operation. You will end up depending on the shots and the problem will most likely come back if you get the operation and your grip will never be the same." She recommended I get some Ace Bandage (elasticized cloth bandage).
       She said, "Wrap your wrist -- especially at night when you go to bed because the swelling takes place while you sleep. The swelling leaves residue in the carpel tunnel and that is what cuts off the nerves."

She was right; wrapping my wrists at night helped a lot but my problem with arthritis continued to get worse.

Then one day I heard a spot on the TV news saying there was a study that found ibuprofen actually promoted the growth of arthritis. I quit taking the ibuprofen and discovery that the pain in my knuckles away.

The thing that blows my mind is that there is a television commercial on TV that their name brand medicine is for relieving arthritic pain.
       The deal is, they don't even tell you exactly what kind of medicine it actually is until you read the print on the side of the box.

Tell me folks, who are these morons that make these television commercials?
       It's like saying that if you have a bad headache you can eliminate the pain by pulling out your gun and blowing your head off. Sure you won't have any brains afterwards, but the pain will certainly go away.

Funny thing: In my dictionary -- it says that ibuprofen is for the treatment of relieving .

On the label of several bottles of ibuprofen I've seen, that it's for the treatment of arthritic pain

I honestly can't say that people shouldn't get an operation to solve their problem with CTS, because I'll probably end up having something done about my own problem someday.
       What I would like to let people know is that there are several options available out there. The first methods I think I would try would be acupressure and acupuncture.

Another thing I've been appalled at is that I've seen where people have gotten the "L" shaped cut type of operation which is known to cause weakness in their grip because the surgeon cuts through some tendons in the process.
       Well that method is the old style of operation and very well obsolete. It takes several weeks to heal and their grip will never be the same.

I've read in a Bassplayer magazine about a new method in which the surgeon makes two ½ inch incisions; one in the palm and the other in the wrist. With a use of a camera from one incision and a small hone going through the other, the canal is opened up without harming any muscles or tendons.
       From what I've read, the healing process only takes a few days and the hand functions are all returned to normal.

I've also heard about lasers becoming the tool for such operations and I’m sure the methods will get better as time goes on, but one thing is known as well as I’ve heard from a logger – if the person goes back to the same occupation which caused the problem -- it will be back.

 

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