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hand pain & carpal tunnel
Pain Medicines for Carpal Tunnel
Are you taking pain medicines for carpal tunnel syndrome? If so, they usually work well enough to ease carpal tunnel symptoms. But it’s only temporarily relief so you can get to sleep. In fact, pain medicines merely mask the pain. The real reason you have pain is left unattended – and that’s why it comes back again and again. Moreover, the most common pain medicines you take are far from safe.
What pain medicines for carpal tunnel actually do
Pain medicines for carpal tunnel syndrome are easy to take, inexpensive, and readily available. In fact, people use pain medicines more than anything else to treat this condition.
Generally, pain is a result of inflammation. Thus, anti-inflammatory drugs are a good way to eliminate that pain. Two basic types of drugs reduce inflammation. These are steroid or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
The most popular steroid is cortisone. However, to relieve carpal tunnel, steroid pills don’t work nearly as well as shots. That’s why many people opt for steroid shots for carpal tunnel. But steroid shots are a temporary fix for carpal tunnel, and not intended for long term pain relief. That’s because there are significant risks and side effects associated with steroid shots. These are:
- Nerve damage
- Joint infection
- Thinning of the tissue around the injection site
- Inflammation in the joint
- Rupture or weakening of tendons
- Osteoporosis (bone thinning) in the joint
- Weight gain
For these reasons, most doctors give a patient only 3-4 cortisone shots per lifetime. And because of those effects listed above, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are a better choice. However, they’re not without problems, either.
NSAID pain medicines for carpal tunnel
By far, the most popular pain medicines are over-the-counter products called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs. The most popular are probably in your medicine cabinet right now. These are (with their generic names) Tylenol (acetaminophen), Aleve (naproxen), Advil (ibuprofen) and Motrin (ibuprofen).
Like cortisone, NSAIDs relieve pain by reducing inflammation. However, unlike NSAIDs, they are safer to use. But they are not completely safe. Indeed, the FDA recently issued a warning of heart attack and stroke risk for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Those serious side effects may occur as early as the first few weeks of using NSAIDs. Also, the risk might rise the longer you take them. Other serious NSAID risks include:
- Allergic reactions like swelling, wheezing, difficulty breathing, skin rash
- Stomach or intestinal problems like bleeding or ulcers
- Kidney problems, including kidney failure
Therefore, The FDA recommends taking NSAID drugs sparingly. In general, an occasional dosage to relieve temporary pain is fine for most people. However, the danger comes when taking these medicines for chronic pain, as with carpal tunnel syndrome.
So how do you treat carpal tunnel safely?
Taking pain medicines for carpal tunnel merely kills the pain temporarily. It does nothing to eliminate the underlying cause of the inflammation. That cause is due to adhesions on the tendons. The adhesions are hereditary. Moreover, they are responsible for producing tendon inflammation. As a result, fluid pressure builds up inside your wrist joint. Finally, the fluid pressure crushes the median nerve. That’s why you feel pain (or numbness, tingling) in your hand and fingers.
So how do you get rid of the adhesions SAFELY? The 4 powerful weapons you have are abbreviated as B.R.E.M. That means Brace, Rest, Exercise, and Massage.
- Brace your hand at night. A good hand brace keeps your wrist joint from hyper-flexing or extending and causing more tissue problems. And make sure you use the proper carpal tunnel brace because a generic brace will do more harm.
- Rest your hands periodically while you work. Do carpal tunnel stretches for a few seconds while you rest, about every half hour that you work your hands.
- Exercise your hands for 30 seconds every half hour you work. There are excellent carpal tunnel exercises you can do while on the job.
- Massage your wrist joint. Myofascial release massage for carpal tunnel is perhaps the most potent weapon against this painful condition. It safely and effectively breaks up adhesions so they don’t return. Also, it simultaneously drains excess fluid from the wrist join to relieve pressure. As a result, it gives you a double-punch to get rid of symptoms permanently.
Of the several NSAID pain medicines for carpal tunnel, none are truly safe to use in the long term. In fact, the FDA warns against using Tylenol, Aleve, Advil, and Motrin for more than a few weeks due to adverse effects. However, other safe and natural remedies can eliminate carpal tunnel pain just as effectively. Moreover, they don’t just mask the pain like drugs, but actually get rid of the problem causing it.
Two 15 minute Carpal Rx treatments
for 30 days cures symptoms in
97% of carpal tunnel patients.
About 15 years ago my wife was waking up during the wee hours screaming from carpal tunnel pain.
This isn’t an exaggerating. She’d literally scream from the pain shooting up through her wrist and into her shoulder. The poor thing still shudders when she thinks about it.
I knew she had carpal tunnel syndrome. And being a physiologist, I knew how to treat her. I’m skilled in a physical therapy technique called myofascial release. It’s a type of massage with an excellent track record for completely curing carpal tunnel symptoms.
So I’d massage her arm until the pain subsided and we could both go back to sleep. But her pain was so severe that she insisted on wanting surgery. It was so bad that she was afraid to go sleep at night.
I was dead-set against surgery because I knew myofascial release was a much better option. I made a bargain with her. Give me 30 days to cure her symptoms using massage and if it didn’t work – I’d go along with the surgery.
She agreed and I got busy in the lab. I hodgepodged together the first Carpal Rx prototype. Using it before bed for 15 minutes, she was able to sleep through the night by the 2nd day.
Carpal Rx, born out of love & compassion.
Dr. Z invented Carpal Rx to cure his wife’s symptoms so she didn’t have to undergo surgery.