Start by buying splints to wear on your hands at night. You can buy them in the drug store. Be sure the kind you get are meant for carpal tunnel. It will help you some but you need to go see a doctor. The surgery for CT isn't bad at all and the pain goes away almost right away.
If the pain and numbness is due to Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, life style measures may help.
The carpal tunnel (at your wrist through which the median nerve passes) changes its size depending on the position of the wrist. It’s widest when wrist and hand are straight in line. When the hand is bent up or down, the tunnel becomes slightly smaller. This then presses on the nerve which then causes a pain in the hand right up to the arm.
Good working style like working without bending the wrist, smooth movements and taking breaks in between for stretching the hands will help prevent carpel tunnel syndrome. Further wearing wrist support or wrist braces can further support along with strengthening exercises.
If the pain is severe, you can take OTC pain medication Ibuprofen. Ensure to take this medication after food to avoid gastritis.
I understand this is hard for you. What do you do for a living? I spent 30 years behind a desk, typing and using calculators all day. My wrists slowly got worse and worse until after 5 minutes of writing, or typing, my hands would be numb. I was starting to drop things all the time, and at night they either ached all night or went numb and I had to be careful rolling over. The doctor said I should have surgery but I kept putting off. I decided to cut back on work for a while and saw some difference so I did a partial retirement. I am lucky that I was able to take the time off, because now my wrists and hands are great. It is like there was never a problem. I know it is hard for young people to take this time to take care of themselves, but I found out it is not always irreversible damage.
Treatment for is Carpal tunnel syndrome is usually by splints and steroid injections. Surgery may be required in some cases if they do not respond to conservative therapy. You could discuss the surgical options with your doctor.
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