Patient Comments: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Symptoms and Signs

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Comment from: gradstudent_onlin, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 12

I am a graduate student and have had many, many papers and postings due. I began experiencing numbness and tingling at night and initially attributed this to the way I was sleeping. The progression has been fairly quick as I am now having numbness, tingling, and pain that wake me at night. I also do a lot of driving and symptoms occur while driving that make me have to use my non-affected hand to drive with. I have made a doctor's appointment but no diagnosis yet. From all of the searches and information read, it appears to be early carpal tunnel syndrome. Finding EBP (evidence-based practice) on this topic is conflicting in some ways. I will know more after I see the doctor.

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Comment from: ejubara, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 01

This information has greatly helped me to determine the exact medical situation with the feelings of numbness and tingling sensation around my right hand, now I can go to see a doctor with peace of mind. Thank you for this rewarding exercise.

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Comment from: Ole, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 08

I was quite active cross-country skiing and this all came to a halt as my feet and hands ceased to function properly. I was diagnosed with neuropathy and carpal tunnel syndrome. I underwent numerous tests by a neurologist at which time surgery was performed on my wrists with some success. It's been 4 months since my last surgery and the area between my right thumb and first finger are still numb (poor grip). The left hand is still quite numb with pain although all my fingers and thumb are able to form a fist. I'm unable to grasp items without the fear of dropping them. My "pinky" does not react with the other fingers. (ex. sliding hand into a glove).

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Comment from: sleighlee, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 30

I've had carpel tunnel for ten years in both hands. My right hand was the worst, but now my left hand is about 75% worthless, my thumb will not bend if it does it is most painful I've felt. The doctor suggested surgery, but I have not been offered any other alternatives, I've already do all the exercises, etc. The pain now radiates from my wrist up to my shoulder and neck.

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Comment from: cooks, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 10

I am a housekeeper in a care home and was in laundry before. I have just returned to my housekeeping position and have been experiencing numbness and tingling in my left hand. I also have woken up in the middle of the night were my hand felt on fire. I thought I maybe had a pinch nerve and had been to the chiropractor, but my hand and fingers haven't gotten any better. I'm not too sure what to do next.

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Comment from: joerun, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: May 01

I was tripped by two dogs when I was at 90 percent top speed, I fell and broke 4th and 5th fingers of my right hand. I went to emergency and they put a splint cast on.

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Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

I notice that every time I give my husband a massage my thumb starts to hurt. I had carpal tunnel when I was pregnant with my daughter. She is 3 years old now and I am 26. I also notice that every time

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Comment from: Kerry, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 26

I have just found out recently that I have severe carpal tunnel and need surgery in both wrists. I have suffered for about four years and the condition has been getting worse, so I was referred and had an EMG test, which showed these results. I have always been clumsy but have really been losing my grip and have been waking up most nights with pains and tingling in both hands and had to hang them out of the bed to bring back the circulation and bring back the feeling to both hands. It is also now difficult to drive and type.

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