As you may know, I’m the expert on several repetitive strain injury forums. Today I received a message that I’ve heard from so many people, both on the forums and in my office, that I wanted to share it with you. Here’s the message:
Hi. I’ve been feeling pain in my right wrist for a couple of months now and don’t know what it is. I’m going to be going to a doctor soon but I’d just like to get an idea of what could be wrong beforehand. Here are some of the symptoms:
-The pain starts right at the top of my wrist, spreading upwards and slightly to my thumb.
-There is no visible swelling anywhere
-forming my right hand into a fist is not so hard but I could feel a small, bearable sort of pain for a second as I do
-I can’t bend my right hand as much as my left hand because the pain gets too unbearable
-small, bearable pains come and go when I’m typing
-At an angle, if I move my fingers, my wrist begins to hurt a lot
-I also feel bearable but irritating pain as I turn doorknobs/ faucet handles
I don’t know if this will help but I’m also left-handed. Thanks for your help in advance!
I’ve lived the exact same scenario, this was a part of the the problem when I lost the use of my left hand (I’m right-handed) back in 1997. I refused surgery because I know how scar tissue can make the problem even worse, and how it can cause the thumb to lose power. I also wasn’t taking a lot of drugs because I was too nervous about the potential dangers to other organs of my body. Pretty serious stuff, losing the use of my left hand and arm, what good is a “one-armed” massage therapist?!? The pain was horrible, it was totally debilitating and it ended up shutting down my therapy practice.
I started to study every muscle that had any impact, in any manner, on the median nerve to my thumb and first two fingers. I was surprised to see that it actually starts all the way up at my neck and then was in line all the way to my thumb and palm. I looked at the common trigger points (spasms) for each muscle and when I would press on them the electric shock would shoot all the way to my hand and wrist. One of the muscles, the scalenes in my neck, was so bad that when I pressed on it my entire arm felt like I had put it into the barbeque pit! As I held it, the burning went away, and the end-result is the numbness stopped immediately!
I treated each of these muscles and within two hours my hand and wrist were back to normal. I was so thrilled that I started to look for other people to see if treating the muscles would have the same effect on them. It did! The only problem was they only got total relief to last for five days, while for me it didn’t return. I began to question why that happened and I realized I was treating myself 20 +/- times a day, and I was only treating them for one hour, once a week. I started to teach people how to self-treat so they could continue their therapy at home and it made an instant difference — they all got better!
While the pain and numbness was being felt in our hands and wrists, it was actually coming from other places, and it was actually a repetitive strain injury to the various muscles. In the case of the person above, the primary muscles involved are the extensors (top of the arm) and the opponens pollicis (thumb). Once people learned how to self-treat each of the muscles they were able to release the tension of the repetitive strain before it caused pain or numbness. In effect they had eliminated their recurring problem, even though they didn’t know it was recurring – the bottom-line was they were functioning perfectly and without pain.
Eventually I figured out how to put the instruction onto a video (now a DVD) and I developed a tool so people would have the right strength to treat the muscles properly. Next I developed a website so I could bring this valuable information to people all over the world. And I’m happy to say that the results have been excellent.
I love the fact that people all over the world have been able to eliminate the pain of carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms quickly, without drugs, and without surgery.
If you know anyone who is suffering from hand/wrist pain or numbness, please share the website with them, the odds are so high that they will also be successful at stopping the pain FAST!
Wishing you well,