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I am a blogger. So, I spend a majority of each day typing. That’s a lot of repetitive motion. Those fingers tap, tap, tapping on the keyboard more than Poe’s Raven. Like any machine, the human body has a mean-time before failure ratio.  We can only do so much before our body starts giving out.  All that typing sometimes takes a toll on my hands, and sometimes I experience the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Symptoms and Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Diagram of nerves in hand via Wikipedia
Diagram of nerves in hand via Wikipedia

Excessive repetitive motion can cause the tissues in the hand to swell and put pressure on the median nerve.

Repetitive motion isn’t the only cause, however. Diabetes, fluid retention, accidental injury, rheumatoid arthritis, and some other health complications can also cause the tissue inflammation which puts pressure on the median nerve.  If you experience pain, weakness, or tingling in your hands, wrists, or forearms, you should have a doctor evaluate you for carpal tunnel syndrome. The earlier you catch carpal tunnel syndrome, the more successful treatment may be.

In addition to repetitive motions such as typing, operating vibrating machinery for long periods of time can also cause these symptoms.

Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Permanent?

In most cases, Carpal Tunnel syndrome goes away when you mitigate the cause. Switching to ergonomic keyboards and desks that do not put pressure on the wrists can help. If a disease is causing CTS, treating the disease may also treat the CTS symptoms.

How have I treated my CTS symptoms?

Me - wearing a sleeve trying to stop the pain in my forearm.
Me – wearing a sleeve trying to stop the pain in my forearm in 2016.

So far, I’ve been treating my symptoms with various methods and results. When my hands hurt, I use OTC medications like ibuprofen. I’ve also tried wearing braces and sleeves made specifically for joint support.

Seriously! You should see my collection of bandages, braces, and other things I’ve tried.

Ibuprofen helped, but only when combined with giving my hands a break for several days.  I’m a blogger. I cannot just stop writing for several days. Plus, since I rarely leave the house, my computer is my link to the outside world.  Soaking my hands in warm water seems to help, but that interferes with everything else I have going on in my life. I cannot develop my next favorite recipe – or do a workout – if I am sitting on the couch soaking my hands.

Also, I don’t want to take medication constantly.  Even over-the-counter medications have side effects like an upset stomach.

Sometimes, carpal tunnel is helped with surgery, but I’d rather avoid that route if I can.  Surgery isn’t always effective. 10-30% of people that get the surgery continue to have problems with wrist weakness. And the CTS symptoms return for most people.

If your doctor recommends surgery, I am not trying to scare you.  This is just my personal decision. Be sure to discuss your options with your doctor.

What am I currently doing to treat my CTS symptoms?

CarpalAid Carpal Tunnel Symptom Relief
CarpalAid Carpal Tunnel Symptom Relief

This week, I am using CarpalAid. CarpalAid is an over-the-counter non-drug relief CTS relief option.  You can buy it at Rite Aid pharmacies, Amazon, or through their website. Since it doesn’t rely on drugs, CarpalAid has no side effects. It’s a small butterfly-shaped patch that adheres to your skin and gently lifts the tissues in the palm to relieve pressure on the median nerve.   So far, I’ve used this for a week.  It’s clear so it’s barely visible.

CarpalAid is clear and barely visible on the palm. It helps treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome by gently lifting the tissues in the palm and relieving pressure on the median nerve.
CarpalAid is clear and barely visible on the palm.

I like that the patch does not interfere with my life. I am able to go about my daily life – unlike soaking my hand in hot water.  I can even wear it to bed. Also, CarpalAid doesn’t impinge movement like a brace does – and they don’t draw attention like braces or sleeves.  On nights that I’ve worn it to bed, I’ve noticed significant improvement the next morning. I’ve noticed some improvement during the day when I’ve worn it, but I’m still actively using my hand during that time.  I am hoping that, with time, I will continue to notice increasing improvement.

The adhesive is a medical grade adhesive. While I can easily pull the patch off, it has not come off with general wear and stays on overnight. I haven’t had any skin irritation.  While I can feel the CarpalAid patch on my palm, it’s not painful to wear and the tissue-lifting is almost unnoticeable.

CarpalAid Video

I made this video to show you how to put it on and talk a little about my experience with the product.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome symptoms and treatments.
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Happily married to the love of my life. It's just us, our 5 cats, and our beautiful woods. I'm loving living back in the Florida panhandle being close to family. I love cooking, living a healthy lifestyle, taking care of our cozy home, and trying new things.

We enjoy hosting parties and my husband and I are both avid gamers. You can find me on PS4 as SunshineFlaGirl. We also play tabletop RPGs and eurogames.


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Alicia Taylor

Happily married to the love of my life. It’s just us, our 5 cats, and our beautiful woods. I’m loving living back in the Florida panhandle being close to family. I love cooking, living a healthy lifestyle, taking care of our cozy home, and trying new things.

We enjoy hosting parties and my husband and I are both avid gamers. You can find me on PS4 as SunshineFlaGirl. We also play tabletop RPGs and eurogames.

13 Comments

  • Ophelia T

    November 18, 2017 - 12:17 am

    I have relatives that suffer from carpal tunnel, but i wasn’t were inform about it. Thanks for the great information.

  • natalielovesbeauty

    November 17, 2017 - 3:56 pm

    As someone who also spends a lot of time typing, I am afraid I might get this some day. Good to know what symptoms to look out for!

  • Hannah Marie

    November 17, 2017 - 1:08 pm

    Great to know about this. I’ve been experiencing pain in my wrist but haven’t had a chance to go to the doctor. I will try the CarpalAid.

  • Ruth I.

    November 17, 2017 - 11:57 am

    I honestly need this right now. I am always working with my laptop and I feel my wrist hurting more than the usual.

  • Maro Akamatra

    November 17, 2017 - 4:51 am

    I crochet like crazy and type the same way. Thankfully I don’t have the syndrome yet but I am stressed over getting it.

  • John Mulindi

    November 17, 2017 - 3:59 am

    Thanks for enlightening us on this. Better prevention than cure.

  • Cristina Leau

    November 17, 2017 - 3:06 am

    I’m happy I don’t get this. My husband is not so lucky though. I have to buy this for him and hope it will help.

  • Claudia Krusch

    November 16, 2017 - 9:20 pm

    Reading this makes me wonder if my Son is experiencing Carpal Tunnel. I will have to get some CarpalAid for him to try. It sounds like a great way to get relief.

  • Parenting Healthy

    November 16, 2017 - 9:12 pm

    Carpal Tunnel can be so intrusive. I get it too and certain times of the seasons it gets real bad

  • lavieenmay

    November 16, 2017 - 8:42 pm

    Very interesting, thanks for sharing. I know a few people at work who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome and they haven’t found a good solution for it. I’ll let hem know about this product!

  • Amber

    November 16, 2017 - 7:37 pm

    I’ve had this before! Normally it’s when I’m on my laptop too much. I’ll have to pick up CarpalAid!

  • Corinne and Kirsty

    November 16, 2017 - 3:23 pm

    I had never heard of that syndrome before and I don’t think I have ever experienced it but it’s good that you made me aware of it

  • bugbeeandme

    November 16, 2017 - 1:17 pm

    I have worked in an administrative capacity for 8 years. I am constantly typing. I have heard of carpal tunnel but never knew what to look for specifically. Thank you for sharing this

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