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What is the test needed to determine if my hand weakness and numbness and arm pain is from carpal tunnel or the cervical herniated discs and stenosis ?

What is the test needed to determine if my hand weakness and numbness and arm pain is from carpal tunnel or the cervical herniated discs and stenosis ?

NCS, MRI, PE: Nerve conduction study helps diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome. MRI cervical spine helps identify the pinched nerves in the neck. A good medical exam is equally important in making the correct diagnosis. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Definition)

The carpal tunnel is formed by the bones, tissues, and ligaments of the wrist. This tunnel exists to protect the median nerve, which controls sensations and movement to the thumb and fingers (not including the little finger). Carpal tunnel syndrome is when the carpal tunnel is inflamed and swollen, which pinches the median nerve and results in feelings of numbness, decreased grip strength, and muscle ...Read more


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Help please! could carpal tunnel cause left arm restlessness?

Help please! could carpal tunnel cause left arm restlessness?

Possible.: Interestingly the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome can ascend the arm backwards up as high as the shoulder, so CTS could make the whole arm feel painful, tingly, numb, restless or weak. ...Read more

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Can carpal tunnel cause an arm to go numb and not be able to move it?

No.: Carpal tunnel causes symptoms in your hand and wrist primarily. In some cases the pain may radiate into the forearm, but an inability to move your arm would not be expected. ...Read more

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Can ulnar nerve pain cause bicep and tricep pain? Also have pain on both sides of elbow/wrist. Carpal tunnel was released on same arm 4 months ago.

Can ulnar nerve pain cause bicep and tricep pain? Also have pain on both sides of elbow/wrist.  Carpal tunnel was released on same arm 4 months ago.

May not be ulnar: The ulnar nerve can cause pain through out its distribution in your arm, but your pain does not fit only ulnar pain. Carpal tunnel syndrome is related to your median nerve. To have both median nerve and ulnar nerve issues, you most likely have an issue upstream of those nerves not specifically with the median or ulnar, either brachial plexus issue or cervical radiculopathy. Emg should be done. ...Read more

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Can emg determine if carpal tunnel cause of hand pain? Mri shows cervical stenosis. Emg only done on arm, confirmed carp tunl, not done on neck?

Can emg determine if carpal tunnel cause of hand pain? Mri shows cervical stenosis. Emg only done on arm, confirmed carp tunl, not done on neck?

Yes: The nerve study can determine if there is a compression at the neck or further down such as the wrist in carpal tunnel syndrome. This is only one portion of the diagnostic workup and should include a full exam by a hand surgeon. If there are 2 issues then release of the carpal tunnel is generally regarded as the first line treatment as recently evident in an article published this month. ...Read more

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Can carpal tunnel weakness go all the way up your arm ?

Can carpal tunnel weakness go all the way up your arm ?

No: true carpal tunnel only effects the muscles of the thenar eminence in the palm. More proximal weakness can be median nerve related but would be a more proximal level of compression such as brachial plexus, nerve roots at cervical spine, or pronator syndrome. Parasthesias or pain can radiate up the arm from carpal tunnel. Seek care for evaluation. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to keep from getting carpal tunnel in my mouse arm/wrist?

Ergonomics: They make a variety of ergonomic mouses (mice?). Here's a helpful website: http://ergo.human.cornell.edu/cumousetips.html ...Read more

Arm Pain (Definition)

Arm pain can mean many things. See a hand or ...Read more