Carpal Tunnel Sydrome (CTS) Relief

Perhaps it is that I spent the last two weeks mudding walls, caulking, filling holes and painting, but since I’ve worked for over 25 years with computers and mice and have always been a “do-it-yourselfer,” I recognize when I have Carpal Tunnel pain and after this bout with my house, was the worst flare-up yet.

I did what I do, and looked to foods and supplements for relief, doing some internet research on various sites on the internet.  I decided on something that I had in my nutrient cabinet, as I was in the midst of projects and did not want to stop to go vitamin shopping.

In the past, I would have done research and identified all nutrients that might help and order them all.  I have found, however; that it is a smarter approach to start with one.  So I chose what I had on hand, which was Vitamin B-6.  Mine is called KLB6 and additionally contains Soy Lecithin, Cider Vinegar and Kelp.

Combined with exercises that I found on YouTube; I began addressing this pain with this supplement and with anti-inflammatory foods; fruits, vegetables and foods rich in Omega Fatty Acids.

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Many doctors believe that the swelling and in-elasticity associated with CTS are caused by Vitamin B-6 deficiency while others believe that Vitamin B-6 acts as a diuretic, reducing the retention of water that results in the swelling and pain.

My research indicated that experts believe that 90% of CTS cases can be solved with Vitamin B6.  This is a powerful statement.

It is important to note that most B-6 needs are accomplished through a proper diet, with B-6 being received in some meats and poultry, avocados, nuts, beans, legumes, watermelon and more.  Some physicians recommend increased B-6 for older adults, as the needs for B-6 increase with age and older adults often become deficient.   This link has a nice overview of Vitamin B-6 as well as daily recommendation based upon age.

Other benefits of Vitamin B-6:

  • Maintains healthy blood vessels
  • Helps convert food to fuel
  • Helps the body metabolize fats and protein
  • Maintains healthy liver function
  • Skin and eye health
  • Maintains healthy nervous system
  • Boosts mood
  • Regulates hormone activity

Some symptoms of Vitamin B-6 deficiency may include:

  • changes in mood; irritability and/or depression
  • Confusion
  • Muscle aches/pains
  • Decreased energy
  • Worsening of PMS
  • Increased symptoms of hereditary anemia

Vitamin B-6 deficiency may increase risk of heart disease and rheumatoid arthritis as well as dementia and related neuropsychiatric symptoms.

As always, do your research.  When you see your physician, inquire about your Vitamin B-6 levels.  Do not begin a protocol based upon what worked for me, but consult with professionals.  While Vitamin B-6 is a safe supplement, over-supplementation can bring adverse reaction. More than 1,000 mg daily is often associated with a reversible neuropathy that is characterized by weakness, pain and numbness and/or tingling in the extremities. These symptoms resolve with reduction of intake.  Studies indicate there is no presence of human toxicity when daily vitamin B-6 intake is below 200 mg, however; the  National Academy of Sciences has established a tolerable upper limit of 100 mg daily for adults.  People with diseases such as Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis receive great benefit from higher doses of Vitamin B-6, but this must always be a decision along with the guidance of your physician.

Taking note that you are receiving vitamin B-6 from your daily diet, supplementation should begin conservatively.  In example, the benefit of Vitamin B-6 supplementation and CTS pain reduction was accomplished for me with a supplementation of 14 mg per day.

Having CTS pain?  Give it a go.  Or try other supplements, one at a time, that have been shown to help with CTS pain:

  • Bromelain (from pineapples)
  • St. John’s Wort
  • Flaxseed Oil
  • Turmeric
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Many professionals are touting essential oils in combination with supplementation such as:

  • Coconut
  • Eucalyptis
  • Lavender
  • Lemongrass
  • Marjoram
  • Peppermint
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