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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Overview)

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 of the ring fingers.


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I am not feeling like myself. What are the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome?

I am not feeling like myself. What are the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome?

Numbness: Typical carpal tunnel symptoms are numbness and tingling in the thumb, index, middle, and ring finger. It will often wake you at night, and improve if you shake your hand. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
970 Doctors shared insights

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Overview)

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 of the ring fingers.


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Are there tests or just symptoms for carpal tunnel syndrome?

Yes: Carpal tunnel syndrome is diagnosed by history and physical examination. Nerve conduction tests and emgs may be ordered to confirm. ...Read more

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Carpal tunnel syndrome (Tip)

Consider purchasing an ergonomic keyboard if you type frequently, to reduce carpal tunnel symptoms. ...See more

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Managing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Checklist)

Wear a wrist brace at night
daily
Take pain medications as directed
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Use proper posture when performing tasks
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What are the treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome?

What are the treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome?

Many treatments: Carpal tunnel syndrome is treated by avoidance of the repetitive motion, improved work station ergonomics, rest, use of a wrist splint, ice, elevation, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy and surgery. ...Read more

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How does carpal tunnel syndrome typically effect people?

How does carpal tunnel syndrome typically effect people?

Effects of carpal T: Normally this condition causes numbness in the thumb, the index finger and the middle finger. Sometimes it is painful, like burning or severe tingling. Sometimes it causes weakness, especially for muscles that move the thumb, which is tough, because we use our thumb and forefinger for almost all of our hand activities. ...Read more

Dr. Frank Holmes Dr. Holmes
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Carpal tunnel syndrome (Tip)

An ultrasound-guided injection that releases the median nerve from compression gives lasting relief. ...See more

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Living with Asperger's Syndrome (Checklist)

Learn about your condition
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Practice stress management and mindfulness
2x day
Do not be afraid to ask for feedback
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How does carpal tunnel syndrome typically effect people?

Effects of carpal T: Normally this condition causes numbness in the thumb, the index finger and the middle finger. Sometimes it is painful, like burning or severe tingling. Sometimes it causes weakness, especially for muscles that move the thumb, which is tough, because we use our thumb and forefinger for almost all of our hand activities. ...Read more

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Is tendonitis a symptom of carpal tunnel syndrome?

Is tendonitis a symptom of carpal tunnel syndrome?

Not exactly: Symptoms may overlap but they are different. Tendinitis is inflammation of a tendon, most commonly in shoulders, heels, elbows, and wrists. Symptoms include pain with movement, swelling, and tenderness. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when a nerve in the wrist is compressed, and can cause pain radiating to the hand or shoulder, tingling, numbness, and weakness of the hand. ...Read more

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Carpal tunnel syndrome (Tip)

Do watch your mechanics, learn what provokes symptoms. Do splint at night but not too tight!!! ...See more

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Living with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (Checklist)

Eliminate low-fat, high-carb foods from your diet
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Monitor your weight and review your diet daily
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Blend exercises that make sense into your daily routine
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What are some of the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome?

Numbness, pain, weak: Carpal tunnel usually starts with numbness and tingling in the thumb and first three fingers of the affected hand. Symptoms are worse at night, will often wake you up from sleep, and are temporarily relieved by shaking out the hands. Later on, if not treated, carpal tunnel can lead to pain, clumsiness, and frank weakness in the hand. ...Read more

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What are some signs of carpal tunnel syndrome?

What are some signs of carpal tunnel syndrome?

S&S carpal tunnel: People with carpal tunnel normally have numbness in the tips of thumb, index finger and middle finger. The symptoms may also be tingling in the same area. The symptoms may be worse during or after sleeping or while driving a car.

The best way to determine carpal tunnel is with nerve conduction testing. ...Read more

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Living with Down Syndrome (Checklist)

Enroll in an early intervention program
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Get help from local and national support groups
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Consider getting help from mental health professionals
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Does cold make carpal tunnel syndrome worse?

Does cold make carpal tunnel syndrome worse?

Actually, yes: Nerve conduction speed slows in cold temperatures, and does indeed make carpal tunnel symptoms worse. ...Read more

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How to diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome?

How to diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome?

History and physical: Usually one can diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome just by doing a good history and physical. People complain of numbness and tingling and/or weakness in the thumb and next two or three fingers. People may also have pain in this distribution if when you tap on the median nerve of the wrist. Other tests which can confirm a diagnosis include nerve conduction studies and electromyography. ...Read more

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Try to notice and avoid precipitating factors
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Start a trial of increased dietary fiber
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See your primary care physician or gastroenterologist if symptoms persist
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How to know if we have carpal tunnel syndrome? Is there any test we can run on our own?

How to know if we have carpal tunnel syndrome? Is there any test we can run on our own?

See below: The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome vary but usually involve aching in the wrist and numbness and tingling in the thumb, index and middle finger and sometimes half of the ring finger. Usually symptoms are worse with driving and at night and people find relief when they shake their hands. Can progress to weakness and dropping objects. Can cause pain all the way to the shoulder at times. ...Read more

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Are there tests or just symptoms for carpal tunnel syndrome?

Yes: Carpal tunnel syndrome is diagnosed by history and physical examination. Nerve conduction tests and emgs may be ordered to confirm. ...Read more

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Managing Restless Leg Syndrome (Checklist)

See a vein specialist
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Check your cholesterol medications
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Have a venous ultrasound to check for reflux
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Can you have carpal tunnel syndrome from being pregnant and having a baby?

Can you have carpal tunnel syndrome from being pregnant and having a baby?

Yes: Women often get carpal tunnel syndrome (cts) during the peri-natal period, likely due to increased fluid within the carpal tunnel. This compresses the median nerve. This improves once your fluids normalize. Oral and/or injectable steroids, neutral wrist splint and therapy can be helpful. If not, an open or endoscopic carpal tunnel release (ctr) will eliminate your symptoms permantely. ...Read more

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What can cause carpal tunnel syndrome at 13?

What can cause carpal tunnel syndrome at 13?

Unusual: Besides what was mentioned, make sure that
1. It really is carpal tunnel
2, there are no other illness such as inflammatory disorders, rheumatoid, lyme etc
3, there are no endocrine or metabolic issues such as thyroid disease or diabetes etc
4. Some inborn problems with nerves and fat deposition

talk to your pediatrician and then see an hand surgeon. ...Read more

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Living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFIDS) (Checklist)

Don't overdo it when you have more energy than usual
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Try slow and steady movement like qigong, tai chi, or yoga
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Consider natural medical alternatives such as dipsacus
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Does carpal tunnel syndrome mean I can't use the computer?

No: Carpal tunnel syndrome results from repetive stress injury involving the wrist. This can be a result of common work-related activities such as typing at a computer. Often these symptoms can be relieved by the use of ergonomic keyboards, changing the positioning of the keyboard relative to the work environment and using alternative input devices to interface with a computer. ...Read more

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How should I treat carpal tunnel syndrome?

How should I treat carpal tunnel syndrome?

Depends: This is usually a traumatically or repeated stress inflammation of the median nerve as it passes through a narrowed space at the wrist called the carpal tunnel. Nsaids can be helpful, physical therapy and rest are useful, but if there is muscular atrophy or chronic numbness or pain, you might need an unroofing surgery best performed by a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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Can treated thyroid disease cause carpal tunnel syndrome?

Can treated thyroid disease cause carpal tunnel syndrome?

May co-exist: Abnormal thyroid function can be associated with carpal tunnel syndrome, but cts can also exist for unknown reasons. It is thus possible to continue to have symptoms of cts after thyroid function is normalized. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome?

Splinting: This depends on how severe it is. If there is excessive pain and findings suggesting severe nerve involvement on emg, you may need surgery. Otherwise routine treatment consist of wearing a hand splint during the day (night if you can tolerate) and anti inflammatory meds. A carpal tunnel steroid injection may help as well. See a physiatrist. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome?

Many treatments: Carpal tunnel syndrome is treated by avoidance of the repetitive motion, improved work station ergonomics, rest, use of a wrist splint, ice, elevation, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy and surgery. ...Read more

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Can you cure carpal tunnel syndrome with splint?

Can you cure carpal tunnel syndrome with splint?

It helps: A carpal tunnel splint is a conservative treatment for carpal tunnel aimed at decreasing the pressure and constriction on the median nerve by keeping your wrist in a neutral position while you sleep. It typically won't cure the problem but will alleviate the symptoms. ...Read more

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Want to get on with my life. How is carpal tunnel syndrome diagnosed? When can treatment start?

Want to get on with my life. How is carpal tunnel syndrome diagnosed? When can treatment start?

Several options: Diagnosis is made by a thorough history and physical exam and typically a confirmatory EMG/NCS. Options include wrist splints, anti-inflammatory medications, and local steroid injections. If these conservative treatment options fail, surgery is usually effective. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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Can you get carpal tunnel syndrome from typing on a touch screen / tablet? Or does touch reduce the chances of getting injured compared to a keyboard?

Depends: Actually, the primary cause for cts would be prolonged wrist flexion, such as sleeping with the hands tucked under the pillow or head when sleeping. Touch screens vs keyboards would follow the same logic depending on the prolonged posture. If the touch screen patient holds the tablet with a prolonged flexed wrist while typing with the other, they would more likely experience numbness than others. ...Read more

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My mom gets carpal tunnel syndrome, so am I likely to get it later?

It depend: Carpel tunnel effect the people in young age because the kind of work they do, so if you do not have repetitive motion (kind work)most likely you will not have it. ...Read more

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I have carpal tunnel syndrome; can I pass it to my children?

I have carpal tunnel syndrome; can I pass it to my children?

No: No, carpal tunnel syndrome is not a genetic condition. It is caused typically by repetitive motion of the wrist. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me if I will be at risk for carpal tunnel syndrome if I choose a career in computer science?

Carpal Tunnel Risk: You may be at a greater risk of delevoping carpal tunnel with any frequent, repetitive movement. Some people will go their whole working life with no symptoms of carpal tunnel. While others in less repetitive careers will develop the condition. I recommend an ergonomic evaluation of your work place to help decrease the risk of developing the condition. ...Read more

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How can you prevent carpal tunnel syndrome?

How can you prevent carpal tunnel syndrome?

You cannot: There are things like ergonomic work stations and wrist splints at night. Carpal tunnel syndrome is most common in women over fifty, overweight, diabetic or with thyroid or kidney disease. If you do not have these problems than your chance of getting cts is low. ...Read more

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What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

Numbness: It s a syndrome of repetitive use of the hand which causes a pinch nerve in the hand causing numbness amd tingling in the thumb to ring finger with pain that wakes u up at night ...Read more

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What is a carpal tunnel syndrome?

What is a carpal tunnel syndrome?

Pinch nerve: It is a repetitive stress syndrome which causes the nerve inside the carpal tunnel called the median nerve to be compressed. Symptoms include numbness, tingling, pain that shoots up to the elbow and neck and worse at night ...Read more

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Who can get carpal tunnel syndrome?

If you have a hand..: Anyone with a hand can get carpal tunnel syndrome. Certainly pregnant women, diabetics, hypothyroid patients and people who do a lot of hand intensive work have a higher incidence of it. None the less, you don't have to be in one of those groups to develop it. ...Read more