Carpal Tunnel and PTSD

What OTHER doctors appointments have you made since your diagnosis of PTSD?

It was surprising to me to find out that a link exists between my tingling fingers and my fears of drinking from a cup in my kitchen.  One medical condition is said to have developed from overuse of the wrist resulting in the narrowing of the carpal tunnel.  The nerves are compressed from stress up in the neck and shoulder radiating down the arm and into the hand resulting in CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME.  And my personal journey of stress and PTSD began when dealing with disturbing behaviors of our adopted children: breaking and exiting THROUGH her wooden hollow core bedroom door at age 10 WITHOUT unlocking and opening said door,  jumping out of mom’s car at 35 mph because she was told she could not be a Safety Patrol and run away every few days, poisoning mom’s cup of Diet Dr. Pepper with bleach because he began organizing the shed and therefore found so many of the things he had stolen, packing bags to run away and mom randomly finding them on a 2.5 mile walk to the grocery store – to relieve stress!

WOMEN’S MENSTRUAL ISSUES and PTSD?  I don’t have a regular menstrual cycle when under great stress.  So I haven’t had my period in months.  So weird huh?

I have been to the doctor for suspected MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS, my muscles tensed so much of the time resulting in tremors in one leg…

I have been to the doctor for LOW IRON- IRON DEFICIENCY, my appetite suppressed from anxiety.  This resulted in 10 lbs. of weight loss and lots of compliments from well-wishers but I knew it was because I couldn’t swallow more than a few bites of food.  Side note:  I discovered 8 Andes Mints chocolate candies has 2 grams of protein and therefore constituted a “healthy” intake of needed muscle-building food.  Rationalizing.  I could stand in front of a pantry full of food and not be able to decide or eat anything.  I rationalized that people live eating next to nothing in 3rd world countries so a few raw almonds made for a decent sustainable dinner – This was MUCH  “healthier” than eating from a dump.  I had heard that many people live in and around garbage collecting dinners  across the globe in places where poverty drives people into survival mode.  We would all do it if we had no other alternative.

There is of course the trips to the doctor for ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION.

There is doctor visits for ARTHRITIS, AND OTHER INFIRMITIES WITH SWELLING.  The inflammation is a result from the way-too-often dumping of cortisol and other chemicals into the brain and system that can have damaging physical effects.

Fear and hyper-arousal and clenched muscles can result in many other issues.  MIGRAINES, STOMACH ISSUES, NECK AND BACK PAIN  are other common health issues that might land a person in a doctor’s lobby.  The fact is that the constant stress felt by the body is the brain’s reaction to triggers and flashbacks and memories and past trauma.

That sweet little brain of your is trying it’s best to protect you friend.  But it is like a T-Rex as your wingman in a fight.  The brain is super powerful and that super strong helper sometimes helps TOO much.  I wish I could think in a triggered situation.  I couldn’t calm down taking my daughter to the airport for a trip from FL to VA – a big soccer tournament.  I was sooooo amped up.  I was driving myself and my daughter crazy.  She said, “you are acting like I am a bad driver?”  That was not the case.  Stress had hijacked my brain and I was not under the control of the executive functioning of the frontal lobe.  I was reacting from the amygdala.  It was annoying.  It was irritating.  I wanted to tell me to CHILL.  I tried grounding coping skills and box-breathing.

EVERY DAY LIFE IN HAMPERED WHEN YOU HAVE PTSD.

COMMENT ON THE DOCTORS VISITS YOU HAVE HAD THAT YOU LATER FOUND OUT IS DIRECTLY RELATED TO YOUR PSYCHIATRIC  DISORDERS…

LAUGHTER OPTION:  PUT ON WRIST SPLINTS ON BOTH HANDS WHICH IMPROVES TINGLING ISSUES, ESPECIALLY AT NIGHT.  THEN LAUGH AT YOURSELF.  LAUGH WHEN YOUR 16-YEAR-OLD SAYS YOU LOOK LIKE Toby or Daryl (not sure which one has two wrist splints in epidsode of ‘Occupational Hazards”)   FROM THE OFFICE tv show.  Ya look stupid just saying.

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