Patient Comments: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Experience

Please describe your experience with carpal tunnel syndrome.

Comment from: Dawn, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 14

I have had carpal tunnel syndrome for over 10 years and it has got progressively worse. This week I underwent an operation on my right hand to cure the condition and 5 days later I am without pain and functioning as normal. I can't thank the surgeon enough. I wish I had had the operation years ago! Now I am looking forward to having the same operation on my left hand in the New Year!

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Comment from: shadow54, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 15

I have had bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome for over 2 years now. I am only 54 and went to have the surgery done but my blood pressure and heart rate were too high, so they would not do it. Things happened and the surgery money was needed for other things, and with no insurance I have been forced to find creative ways to ease the pain. I get a paraffin wax treatment kit at USD 40 at Walmart, and it really helps a lot! Secondly, try heating a small amount of lotion in the microwave and rub it on the wrists. Hope this helps!

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Comment from: BellaBueaty, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 06

I have recently started research on carpal tunnel syndrome and I'm am about 99.9 percent sure this is my problem. I started working in a produce department in my place of work and I cut about 150 to 250lbs of fruit every day, among other things I must cut constantly to keep my department full. I have been there for about 8 months and have had severe numbness and pain for about 4 months and for past month and half or so the numbness and pain have also turned into those symptoms plus a severe burning feeling. It is very painful, feels like my skin is literally melting from the inside out like acid in my blood but only in my hands and fingers. It is very bad at night, and upon waking is when it seems to be the worst pain, and I can barely hold objects or do things in the morning such as normal simple things such as washing hair or washing myself in shower, sometimes takes me hour and half for hands to start to feel tolerable for most of the day. It does occur a lot while I am literally in the middle of cutting my fruit for my job and it is severe pain, unbearable at times and feel like I will get fired because I have not been able to do my job as quickly or do as much because of this numbness and burning, let alone barely being able to hold a knife I use to cut with.

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Comment from: JBnID, 65-74 (Patient) Published: January 14

I suffered carpal tunnel syndrome for 7 years while building a house and working without relief. Braces on both hands at night allowed some sleep but became increasingly not enough. CTS was adversely affecting my life. January 3rd I went in for bi-lateral CTS release by endoscopic surgery. It's like a miracle! My hands are back! The day after surgery was less painful than the day before! Now, after a week, I'm pain free, sleep all night and have a new outlook on life.

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Comment from: LAD, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 23

I have unbearable pain at the tips of my fingers and elbow happening now as I am touch typing on my iPad. When I try and sleep at night, I get pins and needles, numbness and tingling from finger tips to neck. When the numbness stops itching starts on my upper arms and I have scratched to the point of removing skin, moles, and bleeding has occurred. It is maddening. I had workup for carpal tunnel syndrome and the nerve conduction resulted in no diagnosis, but it was so painful I cannot bear the thought of doing it again. I also have rheumatoid arthritis. I am going to have to seek treatment soon, but the thought of driving now is too much to bear.

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Comment from: Chas, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 21

Because of carpal tunnel syndrome I get numbness of my thumb first and middle finger playing racquetball and riding bicycles.

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Comment from: tam tam, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 02

I have pain from my thumb up to my wrist because of my carpal tunnel syndrome. It hurts if I lift things and I lose my grip. It feels like my hand is asleep a lot of the time.

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