I started a new job back in January and I spend more time at a computer than ever before. My wrists started hurting so badly to the point where my whole arms and hands would ache. I bought a wrist brace but that didn't seem to help. I've never written a review on EC before but I signed up to say that b vitamins do really work for those suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome. Within days my wrists stopped bothering me and I was able to work without pain.
I made sure I bought a b complex that has at least 100mg of b6 as I had heard that was the vitamin that helps. What a relief. I was starting to think i would have to quit my job!!!!
(Stephens City, Va)
I am a Registered Nurse who does holistic medicine. Tell Walking Tumeric to take B6 along with B-complex 50 mg. 1 B6 200 mg. and 1 B-complex 50 mg tablet daily until the pain subsides in his carpal tunnel it usually works for most people. Hope it works for you.
Hi first of all i just wanted to Thank God and congratulate you for this magnificent website that is a real blessing for many people that are looking for an alternative to modern medicine prescriptions. This is to the person named Mary that suffers from carpal tunel syndrome i apologize for any words mispelled i also had this problem and i did not want to go thru surgery for this problem so i started looking for a natural cure i came across an article of a doctor that had researched for the cure of carpal tunel this doctor however i do not remember the name said that after many studies he came to the conclusion that drinking 100mg of vitamin b-6 and 100mg of vitamin b-2 once a day for 3 mos can cure carpal tunnel syndrome if this is a problem that has persisted for a long time he suggested taking these vitamins for up to 6 mos on a daily basis well to not make this story any longer ive been drinking these vitamins for 2 mos now and i can truly say i have not had any more pains on my wrist and hands i can move my fingers with no symptoms whatsoever ..i really dont remember how this works but its wonderful to know im taking a natural product without any secondary effects and i feel great . Ted if you can advise me of anything you know about vit b-6 or b-2 i would greatly appreciate it thank you, God bless you!
To Vanessa 3/12/08 Hi Vanessa, For that carpal tunnel problem you need to get some Vitamin B6 - get 50 mgm tablets and start with l tablet twice a day - if no improvement noticed after 5 - 7 days increase to 3 times a day - if no improvement then start taking 2 tablets 3 times a day - You can keep increasing until you get improvement and hold it at that dosage for several weeks - BUT DO NOT take more than, 6000 mgms (6 grams) per day. I have read that some adverse inwanted side effects occur at that dosage.
(Los Angeles, California)
Since there is now a new header for CTS, thought I'd add my .02 cents, since looking for CTS cures is how I found this website so long ago. The number one thing that I think really helped, was quitting Aspartame. I was drinking 3-4 diet cokes, plus equal in my coffee. Bad. I also added Black Strap Molasses to my coffee in the morning and I take ACV daily (twice a day). I believe the combination of these three things has cured my Carpal Tunnel. Prior to these changes I was waking up in the middle of the night in agony with "dead arm"/hand. Every once in a while, if I paint or do active things with my hand it will flair up, but flair up now means tingles that I can shake out, as opposed to agonizing hand/arm pain. SO, quit the Aspartame and get some BSM and ACV in your diet and see for yourself.
I have used Borax going on about a year and a half or so. About 4 months ago I discovered Lugol's Iodine and have found that to take the place of some of the healing I thought Borax would solve.
I was having severe carpal tunnel/arm pain after 5 min on my computer. I started on Lugol's Iodine 5% and selenium, magnesium, zinc and a B Vitamin complex. The arm pain completely disappeared after about 2 days and other systems in my body began to function properly as well. It is a much slower detox than with Borax so I am still detoxing if you can believe it.
I love iodine...total believer now but I am certainly glad I did the Borax detox first. Doing the two together would be rough. The iodine has caused strange zit like boils to show up all over my body randomly as well as pain at joint nodes. The protocol is to use sea salt and mega dose of vitamin C and this certainly helps. I usually take about 10,000mg of Vitamin C and a good pinch of sea salt and spring water when I have the detox symptoms. I make sure not to take the Vitamin C around the time I take my iodine as it negates the elemental iodine with Vitamin C. I take about 2 droppers full 2 times a day or roughly 650mg or so of Iodine.
There are multiple possible causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, but I wanted to mention one that sometimes gets overlooked which is Lyme disease. This should be considered, particularly if the carpal tunnel is bilateral. If the carpal tunnel is from Lyme, it may respond to antibiotic therapy. Here's a sample reference from the medical literature: "We conclude that a significant proportion of patients with late Lyme borreliosis develop carpal tunnel syndrome." Carpal tunnel syndrome in Lyme borreliosis. Halperin JJ, Volkman DJ, Luft BJ, Dattwyler RJ. Muscle Nerve. 1989 May;12(5):397-400. PubMed PMID: 2725567. Http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2725567
Anyone have ideas / supplements to relieve carpel tunnel in hand? Have had pain for four months.
I don't have carpal tunnel syndrome, but a friend of a friend just had surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome on one hand, and could not recover from surgery, so I told her about castor oil to heal stiff and sore muscles. She tried it and now she swears by it, and massages it into her whole body every morning to take care of all her aches and pains. She was supposed to have surgery on the other hand as well, but the pain has been alleviated with the castor oil.
I have successfully used castor oil to relieve pain for my mother, who had fibromyalgia. Just massage in the castor oil and your aches and pains will disappear for a few days. It is a miracle drug as far as I am concerned. I have used it for menstrual cramps, rashes, yeast infections, sore muscles and even tooth pain for an abscessed tooth. It is great. And the more you use it, the more the pain goes away.
My sister in law used it for her knee which was clicking and she thought she was going to have to have surgery on it, but she kept massaging it with castor oil, and now she is fine.
I would be interested in the feedback from others to see if it can help them too.
(East Greenwich, Ri)
CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME CURED
Twelve years ago I was sure I had Carpal Tunnel Syndrome but never had it confirmed by a doctor, just to avoid any possibility of being told that surgery was the only option. My right hand wrist got so sore that on a bad day, at my desk job, I couldn't push a pen for more than a minute before having to rest it. I made makeshift splints for my wrist using rulers and rubber bands just for some relief when using the keyboard. Never did have a day off work but this went on for a few weeks. Then I tried something so simple that costs absolutely nothing and takes no effort at all except an awareness. I was cured in just a few days and have had no recurrence of the syndrome ever since. That's not a knife, that's a testimony.
In one sentence, when asleep, keep your hand away from underneath your head. I believe many cases diagnosed as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome might be cured simply by adjusting the sleeping position to keep the hand away from under one's head.
Having always preferred to sleep on my tummy with my head to the right, my right hand would automatically position under the pillow under my head, with the wrist directly below my jaw. A human head already weighs upwards to 5kg but with the added force of the spine pushing the head into the pillow to level the body, the total weight borne by the wrist in such a position has to be a lot more. Add a long time such as a night's sleep and voila, a sore wrist develops with all of the compression symptoms that could easily be diagnosed as CTS by experts. I simply changed to sleeping on either one of my sides with one hand still under the pillow, but only a little bit along the edges where there is no weight on it at all.
If you are just one of apparently 10% of the population who develop CTS who try this sleeping position adjustment cure and you have success and avoid surgery - I would be delighted to know. Good luck.
(Northeastern, Ohio, Usa)
(New York, New York)
I have had wrist pain off and on for a couple of years, but in the past week, it's been steady and painful enough that I've started taking copious amounts of pain relievers. I haven't been diagnosed with anything because I refuse to go to a doctor who will probably prescribe things I can't take or that are more harmful than the otc pain relievers.
I have tried DMSO and Magnesium oil. It does NOT work after the first time, you have to layer it, meaning massage it in as needed through out the day. Don't just use it on your wrist, my pain starts within the area of the middle and ring fingers, is also felt on the outside of the wrist where the pinky finger is and flows down about an inch and a half past the wrist.
I massage the DMSO and Mag oil all over my hands and fingers and to the shoulders. It didn't work just doing the wrist and hand, and it didn't work just doing it one time. You can also incorporate Castor Oil (mag oil and dmso can be very drying) Unfortunately, Castor Oil alone didn't work for me
For some, this may be time consuming, but if you prefer not to use meds, and bringing the pain down from a 12 to a 3 can help, try this method. I find this more helpful overall than 1000 mg of Ibuprofen two to three times a day.
I recently purchased a Tempur-Pedic Neck pillow in my last effort to try to help aliviate the pain I was suffering from with Carpal Tunnel. The first two nights I tried it, I never woke up with pain and numbness in my hands, by the third night, I removed the hand brace and I never woke up to shake out the numbness because there was no numbness. I have suffered for ten years with this pain and all I needed was a good pillow specially designed to support my neck.It's worth every penny of the $99.99 I had to pay. I got this pillow at Bed, Bath and Beyond.
I was just diagnosed with carpal tunnel and my doctor wants to do surgery but I wanted to root cause the problem first.
I discovered that most carpal tunnel is caused by over use of the flexor muscles : The muscles that bend (flex) the fingers. These flexor muscles move the fingers through cord-like extensions called tendons, which connect the muscles to bone. The flexor muscles start at the elbow and forearm regions, turn into tendons just past the middle of the forearm, and attach to the bones of the fingers
Massaging the forearms, wrists and hands with castor oil mixed with coconut oil for ten minutes daily, will release the muscles and tendons that are in spasm and begin to reduce the inflammation of the tendons.
Build the extensor muscles (the back or your forearms) by doing isometric exercises: Hold your hands (palms down) out in front and lift your hands with fingers pointing upward. Repeat ten times holding for five seconds each time. Do this three times a day
I started the massage and exercises two days ago and already feel a difference. No surgery for me!
My protocol for repetitive injury strain
For anyone suffering with RSI on hands, I found a protocol that works for me. I got mine from a gaming controller and using the phone for many hours (something we are seeing way more of in the 2000's). It was a deep, throbbing pain in my left hand, particularly the index finger, and also a kind of painful fatigue. I am right-handed so I could still do a lot but had to lay off my left hand for a week, careful not to carry anything or use my hand as a grip where I have to clench. But I would hold light things or gently open a door with that hand just avoiding anything excessive. Carrying grocery bags or lifting anything with resistance was a definite trigger. Just act like your hand is in a sling and you will do better with perhaps occasional, light use.
My protocol that worked is:
Magnesium oil massaged into the hand twice daily. This helped for pain a lot.
Bromelain + Quercitin pill. Helped a lot for pain and seemed my most powerful ally to get me through the day.
NAC: I read this aids the Bromelain so I had some and added it alongside.
Nettle. Seemed to be integral when I added it to my protocol and I felt started to really heal it to where I wasn't feeling it all day.
Curcumin Turmeric complex with black pepper, cherry and Vitamin C. I felt that these actually aided in the healing process rather than just easing pain.
Some of these pills were combos that I bought in the health food store. All in all, it cost me around $30 total which is far less than people pay for a doctor to just give painkillers. I did Bromelain on an empty stomach in the mornings and did the rest throughout the day. Typically, I would just take one of each pill resulting in about 3 pills per day. This condition can be depressing and discouraging so don't lose hope. I was lucky in that it wasn't my right hand. Pay attention to how you hold the phone with your other hand too as you'd be surprised how much we use our "off-hand".
I went through a terrible ordeal with bilateral carpal tunnel symptoms; terrible pain around the clock in both arms (from the shoulders to finger tips). I was beside myself in pain and was really panicking since I could barely function in the office or at home. Pain killers did not work so it was very frightening and starting to cause depression. I was forced to get very educated on the subject quickly and found the majority of information on the Internet on how to combat this problem did NOT work, including vitamins, massages, chiropractors, wrist braces, wrist wrests, and even read surgery doesn't work in many cases since carpal tunnel syndrome often originates in the upper body (neck, chest, and shoulders). In any case, I tried all of these (aside from the surgery) and actually got worse.
After researching for months, all it took was daily stretching exercises! Once I found them I was better in 10 days. Nothing else worked, but this worked instantly. There is a book called Conquering Carpal Tunnel Syndrome that shows what exercises to do. Please post this - people need to know this!