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Contemplating surgery. I have type II diabetes, depression, carpal tunnel syndrome, peripheral neuropathy. Abnormal nerve conduction Multileveled bilateral acute on chronic cervical radiculopathy.Correlate EMG findings with cervical spine MRI. Severe sens

Contemplating surgery. I have type II diabetes, depression, carpal tunnel syndrome, peripheral neuropathy. Abnormal nerve conduction Multileveled bilateral acute on chronic cervical radiculopathy.Correlate EMG findings with cervical spine MRI. Severe sens

Double Crush: Sounds like you may have what's known as "double crush" phenomenon. Both cervical spine and entrapment of the ulnar/median nerve causing symptoms. Certainly, carpal tunnel and/or cubital tunnel release is easier and less risky than neck surgery and usually considered before neck surgery. Unfortunately, diabetes puts you at high risk for recurrence of carpal/cubital tunnel syndrome. ...Read more

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Dr. Olav Jaren
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Nerve Damage (Definition)

A complete nerve transection will leave an area totally numb. The distribution of the numbers depends upon where the nerve was cut. A partial nerve injury may leave the area tingly or incompletely numb. Finally even if the nerve is not cut the swelling and bruising to the tea can affect the nerve as well. Usually we consider sharp penetrating injuries as likely having nerve lacerations when sensation is lost. A hand surgeon can examine the hand and pinpoint the site or extent of nerve injury and recommend ...Read more


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What is the difference between carpal tunnel and peripheral neuropathy?

What is the difference between carpal tunnel  and peripheral neuropathy?

Regions of numbness: Peripheral neuropathy and carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms are often different, primarily in where the symptoms occur. Carpal tunnel syndrome often affects the thumb, forefinger, and middle finger. Peripheral neuropathy ususally affects the hands, and when the area increases, the lower legs and sometimes the hands. The symptoms of these two may be the same, just not the affected areas. ...Read more

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Can you have peripheral neuropathy with negative nerve. Conduction tests? Tested positive for bilateral carpal tunnel

Can you have peripheral neuropathy with negative nerve. Conduction tests? Tested positive for bilateral carpal tunnel

Carpal tunnel or PN: If your nerve conduction test showed you have carpal tunnel syndrome, that is your diagnosis. Your nerve conduction test is not normal or negative if this is the diagnosis. This is a good test for distinguishing these two conditions. It is possible to have rare kinds of neuropathy with a normal nerve conduction test- this is why it is important to have an interview and exam with the test minder ...Read more

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Is an aching left arm and left leg a sign of peripheral neuropathy, hiv, carpal tunnel or pinched nerve?

Is an aching left arm and left leg a sign of peripheral neuropathy, hiv, carpal tunnel or pinched nerve?

Depends: This can be a systemic disease process (neuropathy, hiv) affecting multiple nerves at once. Carpal tunnel affect the hand specifically, not the arm. You can have two pinched nerves possibly, but one tries to explain symptoms by the most simple explanation. Consider spinal cord issues, which would affect arm and leg simultaneously. ...Read more

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I have sll with 3.5 CM axillary node. Wrist on same side has sharp pain w certain moves. No tingling/numbness. Peripheral neuropathy? Carpal tunnel?

I have sll with 3.5 CM axillary node. Wrist on same side has sharp pain w certain moves. No tingling/numbness. Peripheral neuropathy? Carpal tunnel?

Wrist pain: Wrist pain may be caused by many things. With neuropathy, there is normally numbness or tingling. With carpal tunnel syndrome, there may be pain, numbness or tingling, especially in the thumb and adjacent fingers. An axillary node is not likely to cause any problems in the wrist, even it is close to the nerves. What movements are making it worse? That is possibly a clue related to the wrist. ...Read more

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1 month pregnant have many existing conditions rheumatoid, carpal tunnel, peripheral neuropathy, 2 hip surgeries, herniated discs neck and back help?

1 month pregnant have many existing conditions rheumatoid, carpal tunnel, peripheral neuropathy, 2 hip surgeries, herniated discs neck and back help?

Possible solutions: Congratulations on your pregnancy. What kind of help are you looking for? Medicine options are a bit limited. Non medicine options that may help you are: PT for stretching / strengthening wrist splints for carpal tunnel syndrome testing for causes of neuropathy? ...Read more

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How can you the difference between nerve damage, tendonitis, and carpal tunnel syndrome?

How can you the difference between nerve damage, tendonitis, and carpal tunnel syndrome?

Distinct anatomy: First off, carpal tunnel syndrome is a form of damage to the median nerve at the wrist. It doesn't have to be permanent damage if treated properly, but can be if not. Tendonitis comes in many forms and locations and is usually readily identifiable on exam relative to the anatomy. ...Read more

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Is it possible that after the surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome about the wrist I suffered suffered nerve damage?

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 more

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Is carpal tunnel and neuropathy same separate condition or combined?

Is carpal tunnel and neuropathy same separate condition or combined?

CTS and neuropathy: Carpal tunnel syndrome and neuropathy are not the same condition. Neuropathy tends to affect all nerves, carpal tunnel syndrome affects only the median nerve, which passes through your wrist. The areas they affect are dramatically different. It is possible that a person could have both conditions. ...Read more

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Could I have carpal tunnel, ulnar nerve compression, or unknown neuropathy?

Could I have carpal tunnel, ulnar nerve compression, or unknown neuropathy?

Nerve entrapment: Each of these has particular symptoms and causes which may help to sort them out http://www.neurocuro.com/peripheral-nerve-entrapment/ ...Read more

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I have idiopathic neuropathy. I do have carpal tunnel but he hasn't done a biopsy. Wouldn't help to know if it is small fiber neuropathy?

I have idiopathic  neuropathy. I do have carpal tunnel but he hasn't  done a biopsy.  Wouldn't help to know if it is small fiber neuropathy?

EMG/NCS: I assume you already had emg/ncs to confirm your neuropathy. If not, that is the place to start. Next step would be some lab tests to rule out common causes of neuropathy. Many idiopathic neuropathies are related to remote toxin exposures, and the true cause may never be found. Small fiber neuropathy is uncommon, but worth an epidermal nerve fiber density test if you have burning in your feet. ...Read more

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I have 2 children and I am type 1 diabetic for 21 yrs and I have severe nerve pain in my arms n hands for past 5 yrs isit neuropathy or carpal tunnel?

I have 2 children and I am type 1 diabetic for 21 yrs and I have severe nerve pain in my arms n hands for past 5 yrs isit neuropathy or carpal tunnel?

Could be either: Diabetic neuropathy usually affects the feet before it affects the hands and arms. However, your symptoms could be coming either from carpal tunnel or from peripheral neuropathy. Symptoms from carpal tunnel are usually most intense in the thumb, index and middle fingers and are worsened by repetitive motion. Clumsiness, and weakness in the hands also occurs commonly in cts. An EMG is needed. ...Read more

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How could you the difference between nerve damage, tendinitis, and carpal tunnel?

How could  you the difference between nerve damage, tendinitis, and carpal tunnel?

NCS: Both carpal tunnel syndrome and other forms of nerve compression or damage can be detected by doing a nerve conduction study (ncs). Tendinitis is often diagnosed by history and physical examination alone. ...Read more

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Could I have nerve damage or diabetes from carpal tunnel?

Nerve damage: Carpal tunnel syndrome may cause nerve damage to the median nerve, which runs through the center of your wrist. Diabetes may also cause nerve damage, although it typically affects nerves in the legs and feet. Carpal tunnel syndrome does not cause diabetes of course. ...Read more

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How can you the difference between nerve damage, bible cyst, tendonitis, and carpal tunnel?

All are different: "bible cysts" refer to a mass or swelling on the top of the wrist which is a ganglion. It is usually round and non-tender. Tendinitis in the back of the hand or wrist is more diffuse and at times painful. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs with pressure on the median nerve on the palm side of the wrist with numbness, pain, and tingling. ...Read more

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Who can get carpal tunnel syndrome?

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

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Can children get carpal tunnel syndrome?

Yes but very rare: Yes it's possible but very rare in my experience in children <16. ...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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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


Dr. Adam Lewis
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Peripheral Neuropathy (Definition)

A generic medical term for dysfunction of the nerves that carry information to and from the central nervous system (the ...Read more