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A 32-year-old male asked:

My mother discovered today that she has carpal tunnel syndrome. the doctor said it's stage 5. what are the most effective drugs out there?

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Dr. Corey Clay
Allergy and Immunology 10 years experience
Depends: If she is overweight, then an exercise program may be of greatest initial benefit (would need to avoid cycling or other maneuvers that strain the wrist). Ultrasound therapy, nsaid antiinflammatory drugs, and wearing an orthotic splint are helpful for mild-moderate symptoms. For more severe cases, steroid injection is considered and a surgical consult is warranted.
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Not much: Carpal tunnel syndrome is usually classified as stages 1-4, with 1 being mild and 4 being severe. Once you get to the severe stages, medications don't really have much of an impact and surgery should be considered in part to lessen the possibility of " nerve damage." Surgery for this is outpatient and fairly minimally invasive, so it is definitely a consideration in severe cases.

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