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A 41-year-old member asked:

Could this wrist pain be arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome?

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Dr. Edward Smith
Neurosurgery 54 years experience
Either / neither: Both arthritis and carpal tunnel cause wrist pain but so can fractures, tendinitis, cancer, gout and numerous other conditions. If severe or impairing, see your doctor for testing.
Dr. Robert Purchase
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Possibly: Wrist pain can have many causes. Common causes of wrist pain include tendinitis, sprains, fractures, carpal tunnel, and arthritis. If your symptoms are severe, started after a trauma/fall, have not improved, or interfere with either your regular activities or your recreational pursuits, you should see an orthopedic surgeon to get properly diagnosed.
Dr. Mark Einbecker
Hand Surgery 36 years experience
Possibly: It could be either one of these but it may be other problems that your doc could help resolve. Remember pain in your body's way of telling you there is a problem. Don't ignore it if it persists

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A 36-year-old member asked:

Wrist pain -- arthritis more common or carpal tunnel more common in the average 35y male?

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Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Not carpal tunnel:: If your only symptom is wrist pain, cts is unlikely--it usually causes numbness and tingling of the thumb, index, and long fingers. There are many possible causes for wrist pain; you need a good hand surgery consultation to sort this out.

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