I’d like to add my two cents’ worth to this excellent overview of carpal tunnel. Among the people most associated with this condition in our day are computer programmers, not just the other occupations mentioned. I know. I speak from experience.
A few years ago I had this condition and began to feel strain not only in my wrists but also in my forearms. I even had strains in my back as well. I went to the orthopedic clinic and they gave me a bunch of exercises to perform on a daily basis for my carpal tunnel treatment. These exercises strengthened my muscles and made it easier for me to perform routine tasks without straining myself like I used to. I did some other things as well, like putting ice compresses and alternating with heat packs to reduce inflammation.
All of these things helped tremendously. As for taking a two-week break, the closest I ever got was when I was on vacation but that was only one week. Other than that, my condition has improved tremendously.