The problems I'm having from carpal tunnel syndrome are keeping me from doing my job. My brother-in-law had surgery for this same type of problem, and he got back to work almost right away. My doctor is urging me to be more patient and try a slower approach. I would rather just go ahead and get the surgery. How can I convince my doctor?

Everyone's health problems are different. Just because your brother-in-law's case went a certain way that doesn't mean yours will too. Perhaps your doctor feels there's a benefit to holding off on surgery at this time. Discuss your options with your doctor to get a clear idea of the timeframe your doctor thinks will be needed to help you improve with out surgery and what steps will be taken if you don't see improvement.