Good day! It's not snowing......yet......so it's a good day. How's everyone doing? Anxiously awaiting spring?
Kathy left a comment about having carpal tunnel syndrome and since she's no-reply, I thought a post with suggestions might be a good idea. I'm sure many of you are having the same pain and if anyone would like to share their attempt at relief, it may help others.
My SIL, stitcher extraordinaire, had and treated it as long as she could to avoid surgery. She took a B6 supplement and did stretching exercises (like Yoga) that she found online, all recommended by her doc. Three days of an Advil regimen calmed inflammation flare-ups. She wore a splint to bed to prevent more nerve pinching, and a glove when stitching. Do you use a wrist support or glove (like Thera-Glove) that still allows stitching? The wrist brace I needed after my cast came off was very cumbersome and uncomfortable but there are others with less bulk. Can anyone recommend a favorite?
One that doesn't have a bulky thumb wrap and looks more comfortable is this one from DonJoy, Bell-Horn, and others. All elastic with an aluminum support. The affected nerve is really at the base of the palm which is why the stay needs to be up into the hand area. You can find this one on Ebay here.
Another that has no thumb strap and leaves the fingers completely free is the Carpal Mate. It doesn't look like a good option for a very small hand. Lots of places to purchase on Amazon, Ebay, and others. I don't know if either are comfortable to wear, but they look the least confining and are not expensive.
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