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Carpal tunnel syndrome facts

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by irritation of the median nerve at the wrist.
  • Any condition that exerts pressure on the median nerve can cause carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include numbness and tingling of the hand.
  • Diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome is suspected based on symptoms, supported by physical examination signs, and confirmed by nerve conduction testing.
  • Treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome depends on the severity of symptoms and the underlying cause.
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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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