Dear Steven: I have been diagnosed
with carpal tunnel syndrome in both wrists. The
pain is getting unbearable. My doctor has recommended
surgery, but I want to explore other alternatives. I
am a secretary, and the problem is supposed to be from
overuse. I am 32 years old and single. I like the job
I have had for years, and my living situation is really
okay. Any suggestions? -- Charlene, Los Angeles, CA
Dear Charlene: Generally, carpal
tunnel syndrome is due to overuse and repetitive motions
of certain muscles in the wrist and hand. It becomes
hard to hold onto things (emotionally). However, even
harder is the ability to take something and turn it
over (looking at both sides of an issue). Personally,
you are an altruist and love to be of service. That's
great, unless you expect others to be the same way.
Balance is needed in order to see things from another's
point of view. There are varying degrees of selfishness
and selflessness. Other people may be of service in
ways that are different from yours. No one that I know
of is purely selfish nor selfless. Additionally, are
you sure you want to continue with your present career
choice? Is there something else you may do to be of
even more service? On a purely physical level, check
with a body worker for acupressure, isometric and/or
isotonic exercises that may be done to balance the overuse
movements. There are also "experimental" laser
treatments available. Check with your doctor.
Positive Thought To Manifest: I
have the perfect amount of love and clarity at all times.
I SAFELY acknowledge the same for others.
Do you know what I mean? -- Steve
Dear Steven: At about the age
of 20, I had a lump removed from one of my breasts.
The operation went fine, but years later, I developed
lymphedema. The doctor's told me this was a result
of the surgery, and they put me on diuretics. But they
don't really work. My legs, and especially ankles, swell
up with so much water retention that they hurt. I get
tired easily. I have a hard time walking any distances,
and I am basically fed up. I am 39 years old and single,
although I was married once. My parents divorced when
I was young. My mother left and cut all contact with
us until recently, and I lived with my alcoholic father.
Then when I was 20 I got married. Things went well for
several years, but then the relationship became abusive,
so I left. I finally got divorced when I was 30. That's
when I was put on major diuretics, had a severe potassium
deficiency and almost died. I got off of all the medication
and THAT'S when my edema got really bad. Hoping to stand
without pain, Claire - Memphis, TN
Dear Claire: The breasts have
to do with mothering and nurturing. The legs, as the
condition effects both legs, reflect the ability (or
non-ability) to stand up for ourselves, or to "stand
on our own." Edema results in water build up, and
may refer to sadness. At the age of 20 you "divorced"
your dad and stopped mothering him. It sounds like you
did the same thing with your husband at the age of 30.
One thing we may do when we stop mothering someone is
to seek mothering for ourselves. That was absent in
your life. You may have (or have had) a thought that
you HAVE TO stand up for yourself, and that you HAVE
TO stand on your own two feet. I see you standing rigidly
"pretending" that you don't need nurturing,
but the stress, and the sadness associated with that,
builds up until you can't stand it anymore. You end
up resting, and once again wishing you could just be
taken care of by someone, but that doesn't seem like
an option right now.
Positive Thought To Manifest:
I release any need I've had to force others to nurture
and support me. I ALLOW myself to ask for support in
healthy and joyful ways.
Take a break & allow support to
come in an infinite number of ways. -- Steve
Steven Rogat is a
metaphysical consultant, Spiritual & Shamanic Healer, Licensed Professional Counselor,
personal growth facilitator and author of Healing Thoughts, Therapeutic Shamanism:
A Bridge Between Metaphysics & Psychotherapy. Along with his wife Marcia, Steven co-ounded the Creative Thought Center (www.creativethought.org)
limiting thoughts and emotions are reflected
energetically in the body. Healing the stressors
compliments any and all methods of physical
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