By Joshua Tucker
The Carpal Tunnel and Vitamin B6 Connection is not, unfortunately, common knowledge. Not many people know about it, even fewer understand it.
There are a few common questions that people ask when they have Carpal Tunnel symptoms and B6 comes across their radar as a possible 'cure'.
On forums across the internet, people ask for information about the Vitamin B6 Carpal Tunnel question.
People share their results from taking B6. Some are helped, some aren't. More questions are asked, and it's clear that people -really- hope that they can get some Carpal Tunnel relief from supplementing with Vitamin B6.
But it's clear nobody knows how, or why, it works or doesn't work.
But it IS clear that Inflammation Causes Vitamin B6 Deficiency.
It seems also that nobody knows why taking B6 helps, but they need to -ongoingly- take Vtamin B6 or the pain comes back.
Below you will find out why Vitamin B6 helps reduce Carpal Tunnel Symptoms, and why even though B6 helps reduce symptoms, it doesn't heal Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Let me first say that intake of Vitamin B6 doesn't always help.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a physical dynamic of increasing tightness, inflammation, and pain. And/Or you can have carpal tunnel symptoms ONLY from Vitamin B6 deficiency.
Vitamin B6 can't cure the physical dynamic of Carpal Tunnel because it doesn't counter or reverse any of the above three factors.
On the forums, it seems to me that people are operating under the impression that it's a lack of Vitamin B6 that is the -cause- of their Carpal Tunnel.
But this is proven false by the inability of taking B6 to eradicate their symptoms forever.
In fact, the reverse is more true. People take B6 and get benefit because Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Causes Vitamin B6 Deficiency!
So it turns out that Carpal Tunnel causes Vitamin B6 deficiency.
Vitamin B6 deficiency plays a part in pain.
But that's not the entire story.
One reason that you have Carpal Tunnel symptoms, and/or Tendonitis symptoms which can be identical, is because the there is a Process of Inflammation at work.
Inflammation causes fluid to be trapped in the area, and it releases chemicals which enhance your sensitivity to pain.
Inflammation also causes tissue specific Vitamin B6 deficiency!
So Inflammation is part of the Carpal Tunnel dynamic, and it causes Vitamin B6 deficiency, which also causes pain.
So if this is the reason that people are having pain, taking B6 will reduce pain levels.
Carpal Tunnel and Vitamin B6 Deficiency is an easy, easy thing to fix. But it won't fix the problem.
Like a bandaid on an open wound, it's not a bad thing, but it doesn't eradicate the real issue of the open wound just like it doesn't reverse the Carpal Tunnel Dynamic.
Nor does it reduce the Inflammation that causes the deficiency in the first place
Here is a link to research findings about Inflammation causing site specific Vit B6 deficiency. Inflammation Causes B6 deficiency research findings
Also take note of this research if you suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis.
While pain may be coming from other variables, and it likely is, if you have enough B6 where it needs to be, then you won't be having pain and symptoms caused by Vitamin B6 deficiency.
Vitamin B6, also known as Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, or Pyridoxine HCL, is an important nutrient. Your body works better when you have all the Pyridoxine you need, and when you have it where it needs to be.
Since Inflammation eats up B6, if you have pain from Carpal Tunnel, it may very well be worthwhile to supplement with B6.
However, DO NOT pretend that taking B6 is a cure for Carpal Tunnel. It's not. It's not even a treatment for Carpal Tunnel.
At best, it will lower your pain levels. Which is a GREAT thing, because then you can continue doing the activities that you enjoy doing, or -have- to do, while doing other self care to reverse the Carpal Tunnel dynamic.
-If- you have Carpal Tunnel, you definitely have Inflammation.
-If you have inflammation, you definitely have pain.
-If- you have inflammation and pain, it's -possible- that you have Vitamin B6 deficiency.
You may want to try taking Pyridoxine B6 to lower your pain levels. Just don't come to depend on it, or your Carpal tunnel will essentially continue to progress and get worse.
Along those lines, you want to get rid of that Inflammation too. This is free and even though it takes some time and effort, it's easy. If you get rid of your Inflammation, you won't have such a condition of being B6 deficient.
Vitamin B6 and Carpal Tunnel have undergone plenty of studies.
They're not all great studies, since the science and medical communities are known to put out some pretty bad research studies, but overall, when you start looking, there is some good information that comes to the surface.
3. one says that 100mg is effective.
4. This one says that pyridoxine hcl reduces symptoms but 2/3rds of the patients still got Carpal Tunnel surgery because still had symptoms.
While it is accepted that a deficiency of pyridoxine (as well as other B vitamins) correlates with peripheral neuropathy, many authorities dispute the contention that pyridoxine deficiency leads to pure CTS.'
And it's good that they dispute that, because it doesn't. Carpal Tunnel symptoms come from a variety of directions, never just a single factor. You cold also have magnesium deficiency
Carpal Tunnel and B6 vitamins go hand in hand. (Sorry, I just had to slip that pun in there.)
If you have Carpal Tunnel symptoms, experiment with some B6 and see what happens.
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