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Carpal tunnel syndrome is numbness, tingling, weakness, and other problems in your hand because of pressure on the median nerve in your wrist.

The median nerve and several tendons run from your forearm to your hand through a small space in your wrist called the carpal tunnel. The median nerve controls movement and feeling in your thumb and first three fingers (not your little finger).

Women between 40 and 60 are most commonly at risk. It may also affect women who take the pill, those who suffer from PMS and those who are pregnant. People suffering from rheumatoid arthritis are also prone to carpal tunnel syndrome.    

The syndrome may ease off without treatment, but rectifying your diet can speed up the process and help avoid dire measures such as cortisone injections and surgery.  

Diet

Vitamin B6 is said to improve the condition of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Foods rich in vitamin B6 include yeast extracts, wheatgerm, oats, meat, offal, green leafy vegetables and bananas. Daily supplements of 50 – 100 mg of vitamin B6 are safe for short term use under medical advice. Prolonged use in high doses can damage the nervous system.   

Caffeine, alcohol and tobacco can hamper circulation. Reduce your caffeine intake, give up smoking, and thank Allah Who has saved us from the harms of alcohol.  
 
Take care of yourself at the Computer

Long hours at a keyboard can cause injuries, including carpal tunnel.
  1. To reduce strain on your wrist, you need to have your arms relaxed. Your keyboard should rest just above your lap, so your arms tilt downward and your elbows are open.
  2. Raising the back of the keyboard forces your wrist into an unhealthy angle.
  3. Studies suggest that using a regular mouse is more dangerous than typing. Try a trackball or track pad instead.
  4. A split keyboard or jointed-type keyboard may work best for you, particularly if you’re noticing the beginnings of tingling or pain.  
  5. Stop in the middle of the day to stretch your hands. This helps counteract the tightening and shortening of the muscles and ligaments that can occur after hours of work—which in turn, can cause inflammation and potentially increase risk of carpal tunnel.  
  6. We can become so focused on meeting deadlines that we push ourselves beyond our limits. If you feel pain, your body is telling you to stop. It’s best if you listen.
  7. Recent studies have discovered that other things— like diabetes, obesity, arthritis, and thyroid problems—may be more likely to increase your risk of carpal tunnel than too many hours spent at the computer. Don’t forget to take care of your overall health—eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly, manage your stress, and remember to take time off to relax at least once a week!
 
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