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What drug can i take to alleviate the pain of carpal tunnel syndrome?

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Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
NSAIDs: Carpal tunnel syndromoe is inflammation of the median nerve as it passes through the front of your wrist. Typically its caused by over use, so the mainstay of treatment is rest, avoiding activity that aggravates it, use of a night splint, and nsaids (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). If it continues to bother you then carpal tunnel release to decompress the nerve may be indicated.
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
Pain nerve: Nerve pain can come from compression, thus starting with otc meds such as nsaids ( Motrin alleve etc) is worthwhile. Some severe carpal tunnel presents with refractory nerve pain and there is whole class of medications that treat nerve specific pain , but these do not treat the carpal tunnel swelling only the nerve pain symptoms corticosteroid injections can work but in severe cases not fully.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

Help please! what drug can I take for the pain of carpal tunnel syndrome?

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Dr. Kevin Watson
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Brace, NSAIds: Many patients with carpal tunnel find relief from wearing a brace that helps immobilize the wrist. Nsaids can also lessen the inflammation and pain. Furthermore, cortisone injections can help the symptoms. Sometimes medicines like Neurontin and Lyrica (pregabalin) can be used. Finally, surgery is always a possibity if conservative measures fail. www.oano.com.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What medicine should I take for the pain of carpal tunnel syndrome?

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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
See below: Nsaids wrist splint oral or injectable steroids.
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Janet G. Travell, MD who was/is the matriarch of pain therapy noted in the 1950-90's something interesting about joint pain. She stated that any joint area stiffness, aching and tension was due to muscles NOT the joint proper. So her myofascial therapy protocols are designed to treat all types of "joint pain." Begin a self-care Wellness Program of Vits, Magnesium glycinate, sleep hygiene, self/pro Massage, chiropractor, heat, Epsom soaking, stretching. I use acupuncture! To many steroid injections especially med to high doses will deteriorate the tissues and stale the healing. Nsaids will burn up the gut. Once I found Travell all my old ideas of medicine do not make any sense.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

What can I might to ease the pain of carpal tunnel syndrome?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Hand specialist: Pain meds of course, perhaps pyridoxine supplements, or even a wrist brace. More persistent might be local steroid injection, or even an arthroscopic surgical decompression as an outpatient. A good hand specialist can help immensely, and an ot who specializes can relieve symptoms.

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