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Can you get a form of carpal tunnel just in the fingers?

Can you get a form of carpal tunnel just in the fingers?

Yes: Carpal tunnel classically presents with numbness in the thumb, index, middle, and half of the ring finger (on the side closer to the thumb). Carpal tunnel is compression of the median nerve in the palm. The median nerve provides sensation to the aforementioned fingers, which is why patients generally have numbness in those fingers, due to compression of the nerve by the transverse carpal ligament.

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Definition)

A medical condition due to compression of the median nerve as it travels through the wrist at the carpal tunnel. The main symptoms are pain, numbness, and tingling, in the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and the thumb side ...Read more


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Is it common after carpal tunnel surgery to get trigger finger?

Is it common after carpal tunnel surgery to get trigger finger?

Yes: There has been new research demonstrating an increased risk of trigger finger after carpal tunnel surgery. The release of the thick ligament which is causing compression on the nerve does alter the biomechanics of the tendons slightly which can increase the chances of developing trigger finger. This article was just published within the last few months.

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I get numb along the side of my hand from the pinky to the wrist...it can extend to the ring/middle finger...Is this Carpal tunnel syndrome?

I get numb along the side of my hand from the pinky to the wrist...it can extend to the ring/middle finger...Is this Carpal tunnel syndrome?

No: The distribution of numbness is not consistent with carpal tunnel. It is more consistent with an ulnar nerve entrapment. Have it evaluated.

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How bad is my carpal tunnel if when my hand goes to sleep i get an itchy spot on my palm right below my first and middle fingers & hurts in my elbow?

How bad is my carpal tunnel if when my hand goes to sleep i get an itchy spot on my palm right below my first and middle fingers & hurts in my elbow?

If weakness = bad: Carpal tunnel syndrome can display a number of different symptoms including the ones you have described. It is "bad" in a prognostic sense if the symptoms include weakness of the muscles to the fingers and thumb of the affected hand. The more and longer you have weakness of the hand the less likely surgery is able to relieve the weakness. Pain is pain if frequent and worsening you do the math ;).

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What the main symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome in fingers?

What the main symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome in fingers?

Numbness: Numbness and tingling lateral 3 fingers of the hand , worse at night or when you wake up in am, ----pain with wrist flexion.

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Is it normal to have blueish colour in fingers with carpal tunnel?

Is it normal to have blueish colour in fingers with carpal tunnel?

Not usual at all: The color change would make me consider Raynaud's, as carpal tunnel syndrome does not cause fingers to turn blue. Have your doctor assess.

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Does carpal tunnel causes pain in pinky or all fingers?

No : Carpal tunnel is when the median nerve gets pinched at the level of the wrist. The median nerve gives sensation to the thumb, index, middle, and half of the ring finger and these are the digits that develop the pain/numbness/tingling seen with class carpal tunnel. The small finger tends to be without symptoms with carpal tunnel -.

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Are warm fingers normal symptoms of carpal tunnel?

Are warm fingers normal symptoms of carpal tunnel?

Not commonly: Here is a nice video i made a few years back http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=lwghddhvm60&list=plcbd41f7a42e20469&index=4&feature=plpp_video any other questions please let me know.

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Numbness in last two fingers and carpal tunnel, what to do?

Numbness in last two fingers and carpal tunnel, what to do?

See a hand surgeon.: Generally numbness in the ring and little fingers is not a sign of a carpal tunnel syndrome. Numbness in this distribution is much more likely due to a cubital tunnel syndrome which is compression of the ulnar nerve ( funny bone) at the inner part of the elbow.

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Could a carpal tunnel release be the cause of developing trigger finger?

Could a carpal tunnel release be the cause of developing trigger finger?

No: Carpal tunnel syndrome and trigger finger are two conditions that are often seen in association with one another. Often times, patients develop trigger finger after surgical correction of carpal tunnel syndrome (and vice versa). While surgery can cause inflammation and increase the possibility of developing trigger finger, the underlying condition was probably present at the outset.

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Why are fingers tingly four months after endoscopic carpal tunnel release?

Numbness CTR: Depending on the severity, carpal tunnel syndrome after skilled surgery can take up to 6 months to improve. If the night pain has improved, but the numbing and tingling has not fully resolved, you can still be part of the >90% that get better with time. You are 2/3 the way there! the blood supply improves immediately, and with it the pain. The insulation (myelin) takes time, so it can take months.

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Which finger/hand exercises to prevent carpal tunnel?

Which finger/hand exercises to prevent carpal tunnel?

None: There is no solid scientific data to suggest that exercises prevent carpal tunnel syndrome. Indeed, carpal tunnel syndrome can be caused by too much use.

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Can trigger finger happen after carpal tunnel surgery?

Can trigger finger happen after carpal tunnel surgery?

Yes: Recent research just published within the last few months does show an increased risk of developing trigger finger after carpal tunnel surgery. The biomechanics of the tendons going through the carpal tunnel are altered slightly after the surgery which can in fact increase the risk of developing trigger finger.

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Why does my little finger have a tingling sensation? Carpal tunnel?

Why does my little finger have a tingling sensation? Carpal tunnel?

Unlikely: This is unlikely because the little finger is not innervated by the median nerve which is compressed in carpal tunnel syndrome. However it could be due to other nerve compression syndromes such as occurs in guyon's canal.

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How can I tell if my wrist pain is carpal tunnel without issues with my fingers?

Rare: Because carpal tunnel is a nerve compression syndrome primary presenting symptoms are numbness, and paresthesias in the median nerve distribution to the thumb, index , long and half the ring fingers. While pain at the volar wrist may be present with the numbness, and weakness of the thenar muscles it is almost never the lone symptom.

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After my surgery for carpal tunnel i still have pain on my arm and fingers what shall I do to ease the pain?

After my surgery for carpal tunnel i still have pain on my arm and fingers what shall  I do to ease the pain?

Depends on time: If your surgery was less than 3 months ago then it is not unusual to have soreness or tenderness after surgery. You can try nsaids as long as you dont have any problems with taking this class of medication. Best to consult the surgeon who did the surgery.

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Of late, I have started having tremors in my fingers. I amnot sure if this is due to carpal tunnel. What should I do?

Very unlikely: Carpal tunnel syndrome is a peripheral nerve compression syndrome which typically manifests with pain and numbness of the first 3 digits of the hand , and when severe can cause weakness and atrophy. Tremor is not normally associated with this disease.

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Wrist pain on one side when flexing it forward and picking things up. A few fingers are tingly too at times. Is this carpal tunnel?

Wrist pain on one side when flexing it forward and picking things up. A few fingers are tingly too at times. Is this carpal tunnel?

Nerve conductn tests: A nerve conduction test is an excellent objective way to define the presence of carpal tunnel as findings can be subtle.I agree w/Dr. Ott that a good exam will help alleviate your initial concerns as you are young to have carpal tunnel.Typically @ this point we see tendonitis that's irritating the nerve(or causing neuritis) Try Occupational/Hand therapy,splint at nite,better ergonomics,stretching.

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