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If I Have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Is It Permanent
No: Standard therapy for carpal tunnel is: 1) night splints, 2) anti-inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen or naproxen, 3) avoidance of the repetitive activities that caused the carpal tunnel syndrome. Sometimes, we inject steroids into the area of the carpal tunnel. Failing these treatments, we usually recommend a surgery called carpal tunnel release. In most cases, your symptoms will resolve. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Could be either: Carpal tunnel can be associated with aching pain in the wrist and fingers and/or numbness and tingling usually in the thumb, index and middle finger. The symptoms usually are more noticeable when the wrist is either cocked up, say when driving or bent under when our hand and wrist are under a pillow while sleeping. Nerve conduction tests are very reliable in making this diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Location: Carpal tunnel syndrome will have tingling in the hand in the palm surface of the thumb, index, middle and 1/2 of the ring finger. It is usually not associated with pain above the elbow, but it can. Neck pain and weakness are usually signs of a pinched nerve in the neck and not carpal tunnel syndrome. A good pm&r doc or orthopedic surgeon can tell the difference easily with an examination. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is carpal tunnel syndrome a long lasting condition? Is it that once you get it you always have it?
Is it possible that after the surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome about the wrist I suffered suffered nerve damage?
Yes: It is quite rare but possible for a nerve injury to occur during carpal tunnel release surgery. It is also possible for the nerve to feel slightly hypersensitive in the immediate post operative period. I would seek a second opinion if you are concerned for a nerve injury. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Carpal tunnel syndrome once it develops is usually a chronic problem. It can often be controlled for many years by use of activity modification, use of wrist splints, medication, or occasional injections. Symptoms may come and go for years but rarely disappear completely. Surgery is the only permanent cure, but not the first treatment to try. ...Read more
First, what is worse: Is it the numbness and tingling. Is it pain or stiffness? There are times when during the surgery increase pressure or contact occurs with the nerve this is especially true in more severe cases. There are other times where full blown numbness pre-op turns into dysethesia or painful tingling which may mean an "improvement" in nerve transmission even if it feels worse as before you felt nothing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not exactly, similar: While carpal tunnel, by definition, is compression of the median nerve in the wrist, there are nerve compression syndromes that also occur in the legs and feet. A neurologist can help determine what, if any, nerves are affected and how to best relieve your symptoms. ...Read more
Symptoms: Numbness, tingling, parathesias and weakness in the median nerve distribution are the hallmarks of the disorder. This causes numbness in the thumb, index finger, long finger and half the ring finger.The symptoms will often times wake people at night, and patients usually complain of loss of dexterity . See a hand surgeon foe definitive diagnosis and nerve conduction tests if indicated. ...Read more
Yes: As a fellow tennis player with carpal tunnel syndrome, i still play quite a bit. However, i would recommend precautions, such as taping/bandaging up the wrist and/or wearing a wrist brace for support. I actually do both, and this has helped me to continue playing tennis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
When other treatment: When other treatment has not helped, evaluating any other medical problems, avoiding activities that may be causing symptoms, using nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory wearing a wrist splint to keep your wrist straight, in some cases, oral corticosteroids or corticosteroid injections into the carpal tunnel and some emergency conditions. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have been diagnosed with Ulnar nerve entrapment. Is it possible to have carpal tunnel as well? It feels as if my whole hand is numb and tingling
CTS and Ulnar Nerve: entrapment can occur in the same limb. The ulnar nerve can be entrapped in more than one place as well (canal of Guyon in the base of the hand and cubital tunnel in the elbow. There are also other conditions to consider (Martin Gruber Anastomosis and "All median Hand Syndrome" ) A good quality EMG-NCS done by an experienced neurologist (or PMR MD) can sort this all out. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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