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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

Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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Sharp pain on left thumb & wrist & spread to forearm which makes it feel very heavy and numb occur most night. Is it carpal tunnel or nerve compression?

Sharp pain on left thumb & wrist & spread to forearm which makes it feel very heavy and numb occur most night. Is it carpal tunnel or nerve compression?

Could be CTS: It sounds like it could be carpal tunnel syndrome (cts)which is a type of nerve compression, but this will often affect other fingers rather than just the thumb. Is it on the lateral or outside of the thumb? It could be a tenosynovitis as well. If you look up a test called a finklestein test, you can check yourself and see if its that. If you have neck pain, it could also be a radiculitis. ...Read more

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Snowboard wrist injury. How can I take care of it? Feels like a pinched nerve or carpal tunnel or something?

Snowboard wrist injury. How can I take care of it? Feels like a pinched nerve or carpal tunnel or something?

Need evaluation: Snowboard injuries can be simple (sprain) or complex (fracture or ruptured ligament). Persistent pain after a fall on an outstretched hand could be a sign of a significant injury. Be sure to see a board certified hand surgeon for a complete evaluation and to rule out serious injuries that can lead to chronic pain and visibility, such as carpal ligament rupture and scaphoid fracture. ...Read more

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Dr. Said pinched nerve was causing numbness in thumb and pain up and down arm. More pronounced with computer work. Suspect carpal tunnel. Difference?

Dr. Said pinched nerve was causing numbness in thumb and pain up and down arm. More pronounced with computer work. Suspect carpal tunnel. Difference?

C6 radiculopathy: Although carpal tunnel can clearly affect function and feeling of the thumb causing radiating pain up the limb as well- the MOST common neurological phenomenon seen as isolated THUMB symptoms (whether pain or numbness) with pain radiating up limb would be a C6 radiculopathy. Tell me what the EMG/NCV study shows. Wanna chat? Write me at: www. Healthtap. Com/dr-saghafi ...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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9 mths ago had Carpal tunnel surgery, normal recovery, woke up this morning and thumb severe pain can't do anything, when bent, pnky/mddle flex too?

Thumb pain: Has many causes, tendonitis, arthritis, injury, strain, ligament laxity. A common condition is stenosing tenosynovitis of the flexor tendon or trigger finger. Full bending, flexion of the thumb can cause the index tip to bend, sometimes known as a linberg comstock syndrome (this is anatomy not an issue) and some will involuntarily flex other fingers. If there, pain, swelling seek medical rx ...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 long is the recovery from carpel tunnel surgery?

How long is the recovery from carpel tunnel surgery?

Quick: Most patients can get back to office work within a couple of days to a week. Back to heavy lifting in 2-4 weeks. ...Read more

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How long is recovery for a 2nd carpal tunnel surgery?

How long is recovery for a 2nd carpal tunnel surgery?

6-8 weeks: For a re-exploration, probably 6-8 weeks. You may benefit from occupational therapy once your incision has completely healed. ...Read more

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What is the typical recovery time after carpal tunnel surgery?

What is the typical recovery time after carpal tunnel surgery?

CTR recovery: In my practice the patient has a soft dressing for 1 week and they start mobilizing in the second week. Recovery from the carpal tunnel surgery can be as quick as two weeks but the nerve recovery may take 6 months if the nerve compression was severe. Scar matures over 6-9 months. Your hand surgeon is the best person to give you detailed information about recovery specific to your condition. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for endoscopic carpal tunnel release?

What is the recovery time for endoscopic carpal tunnel release?

Days to weeks: An endoscopic carpal tunnel release (ctr) requires a very small incision on the wrist. It is common to have some soreness in the wrist and/or palm after surgery. Post-operative immobilization is brief and the hand can be used almost immediately after surgery. More rigorous activities may take 2-6 weeks of recovery time. Therapy is needed only for severe cases or significant pain/swelling post-op. ...Read more

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What can you expect during recovery from carpal tunnel surgery?

What can you expect during recovery from carpal tunnel surgery?

Good things: Usually an outpatient procedure done under local anesthesia with light sedation so home fairly soon after the procesure. Sutures usually are in for about two weeks but during that time the hand can be used for most things. Pre-operative discomfort should be relieved fairly soon after surgery with full sensation and strength somewhat more variable. A good operation if you need it. ...Read more

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How effective is compression therapy for recovering from carpal tunnel release?

How effective is compression therapy for recovering from carpal tunnel release?

Somewhat: Compression therapy can help to control swelling, improve pain, and combat hyper-sensativity in the post carpal tunnel surgery patient. That being said, carpal tunnel surgery is such a small and successful surgery, most patients do well regardless. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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Had bilateral carpel tunnel release. Developed rsd. Then nerve blocks for pain. Now I'm told I have thorasic outlet syndrome and dystonia. Is there an?

Had bilateral carpel tunnel release. Developed rsd. Then nerve blocks for pain. Now I'm told I have thorasic outlet syndrome and dystonia. Is there an?

See details: Without knowing specifics and having access to test results, it is impossible to comment. None of it makes good sense to me. Consider a second opinion. ...Read more

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What's the difference symptom wise, of carpel tunnel syndrome and median nerve injury? Can cervical rf procedure cause median nerve injury?

No: Median nerve doesn't exist until your arm pit. It doesn't start in the neck. It is formed by the combination of two nerves about six inches away from neck where rf would be performed. Carpal tunnel syndrome speaks to injury of the nerve at the wrist. ...Read more

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What can I do at home to help with severe carpel tunnel I'm my wrist and thumb? Currently taking prednisone for a elbow issue.

What can I do at home to help with severe carpel tunnel I'm my wrist and thumb? Currently taking prednisone for a elbow issue.

Splinting: Initial treatments for carpal tunnel include night splinting with the wrist in neutral position. If that fails an injection or surgery is offered especially if the condition is severe ...Read more

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I have pain in my hand which have had nerve conduction study showed no carpel tunnel, get bad cramps & pain in thumb & fingers, what could this be?

I have pain in my hand which have had nerve conduction study showed no carpel tunnel, get bad cramps & pain in thumb & fingers, what could this be?

Mild arthritis: Trigger fingers, circulation issues, peripheral neuropathy, tendinitis, raynauds as well as metabolic or endocrine issues r inflammatory arthritis al come to mind. In short there ae a lot of things that can cause these vague symptoms. ...Read more

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Squeezed nerve in shoulder which inflamed in arm/hand or carpel tunnel. How do you know the difference? X-Ray no swelling, no fracture. Pain not leaving

Squeezed nerve in shoulder which inflamed in arm/hand or carpel tunnel. How do you know the difference? X-Ray no swelling, no fracture. Pain not leaving

Needs examination: If I understand it right, you would like to know the difference between pain radiating from spine in the neck towards the arm and localized pain in the hand from carpal tunnel syndrome. A thorough evaluation is the first step followed by imaging of the spine and/ or provocation test at the wrist level. ...Read more

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Can carpal tunnel be present if nerve conduction study is negative? Thank you

Can carpal tunnel be present if nerve conduction study is negative? Thank you

Yes.: Yes. The diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome (cts) has classically been made on clinical grounds, i.e. The symptoms and physical findings that the patient exhibits. Nerve conduction studies and electromyography (EMG) can be helpful in determining the severity of median nerve compression, but in patients with classical symptoms and signs, I do not believe they are necessary to make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is the main precaution for after surgery of severe carpal tunnel syndrome?

What is the main precaution for after surgery of severe carpal tunnel syndrome?

Wound care: Follow your surgeons recommendations with appropriate activity limitations and wound care and the prescribed follow up routine and therapy regimen. ...Read more

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How quickly does the median nerve repair itself after being damaged during carpal tunnel release?

Depends: Patients with intermittent symptoms before carpal tunnel surgery are usually better the same day. If the nerve has been significantly injured-usually the fingers are always numb-the sensation may return over months to years. If the muscle has been lost for over a year, it will never recover. ...Read more

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I'm having nerve conduction tests for carpal tunnel. Couldl the same test show guyons tunnel syndrome?

I'm having nerve conduction tests for carpal tunnel. Couldl the same test show guyons tunnel syndrome?

Possibly: Depends on how detailed the neurologist or other physician is in performing the emg/ncv's. If your referring physician explains the need for testing the ulnar nerve in guyon's canal it can be done... In my experience most ' routine' EMG 's of the upper extremity will note conduction 'slowing' @ the elbow (cubital tunnel) but not @ the wrist... Best of luck! ...Read more

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Can endoscopic carpal tunnel release be safely and effectively done in cts with bifid median nerve (or must open method be done with bifid)?

Yes: The endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery can absolutely be performed safely on patients with a bifid median nerve but that depends on the surgeons comfort level with the particular technique they use and with your particular condition. ...Read more

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Have been taking sertraline for 3 wks 25mg. Getting terrible carpal tunnel pain-have read it can affect nerves. How do I stop come off tablets?

Have been taking sertraline for 3 wks 25mg. Getting terrible carpal tunnel pain-have read it can affect nerves. How do I stop come off tablets?

Please discuss with: Your prescribing medical provider - before coming off of medication. At at 25 mg dosage - it is sometimes recommended just to stop the med or one may take half the dose for a week & stop the medication. ...Read more

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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