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Weakness in one hand? How can you tell if carpal tunnel or not?

Weakness in one hand? How can you tell if carpal tunnel or not?

Numbness at night: The most common initial symptom of carpal tunnel is numbness and tingling in the thumb and first two fingers that is worse at night, often awakening you from sleep. Especially if your symptoms have progressed to the point where the hand is weak, a neurologist can help determine if the cause is carpal tunnel or some other nerve disorder. ...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


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How to tell if this numbness is from cubital tunnel or shingles?

How to tell if this numbness is from cubital tunnel or shingles?

Not Shingles: Shingles typically does not cause numbness, it causes burning pain in a nerve dermatomal pattern. This makes it easy to evaluate for cubital tunnel issue. Consider an emg/ncs study to evaluate nerve issues by a specialist. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about the remedy for hand numbness due to carpal tunnel syndrome?

Can you tell me about the remedy for hand numbness due to carpal tunnel syndrome?

There are a few:: 1: wrist brace to keep the wrist from being flexed/extended. Initially used at night time. 2: steroid shots might be helpful, if the brace doesn't fully control symptoms, or in pregnancy, if severe. 3: when nothing helps ; the symptoms are severe enough to interfere in daily activities, then surgery is necessary to release the trapped nerve. See your orthopod for it. Good luck. ...Read more

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When there is hand tingling, how do you know if it is caused by carpal tunnel syndrome?

When there is hand tingling, how do you know if it is caused by carpal tunnel syndrome?

Location: Carpal tunnel syndrome will have tingling in the hand in the palm surface of the thumb, index, middle and 1/2 of the ring finger. It is usually not associated with pain above the elbow, but it can. Neck pain and weakness are usually signs of a pinched nerve in the neck and not carpal tunnel syndrome. A good pm&r doc or orthopedic surgeon can tell the difference easily with an examination. ...Read more

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Can a cortisone injection into the carpal tunnel stop the numbness and tingling? If it does is that a good indication that you do have carpal tunnel?

Can a cortisone injection into the carpal tunnel stop the numbness and tingling? If it does is that a good indication that you do have carpal tunnel?

Steroid injection: Steroid injection can temporarily relieve symptoms of numbness and tingling in the thumb, index, and long finger. The classic signs of carpal tunnel syndrome are numbness and tingling in those digits and nighties awakening with numbness/tingling. However, steroid injection is usually not an effective long term treatment strategy. Consider evaluation by a board certified hand surgeon. ...Read more

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How do I know if it is tendinitis, arthritis, or other in the shoulder?

How do I know if it is tendinitis, arthritis, or other in the shoulder?

Sx are similar!: You need a clinicians expertise to differentiate arthritis, tendinitis, and bursitis of the shoulder.If they co-exist, inflammation is likely.If you are young, arthritis of the shoulder would be inflammatory, most likely. If all three exist, arthritis most likely.However, all three can be degenerative, caused by injury, overuse, spurs (impingement syndrome, etc. An exam and x-rays, and a few labs! ...Read more

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Can you tell me if flu symptoms ever include numbness in fingers?

Can you tell me if flu symptoms ever include numbness in fingers?

Not typically though: There are viral syndromes that can be associated with flu like illness or prodrome (occurs before) that can result in nerve and muscle issue however these are severe issues such as guillian- barre , if you had that you'd likely have symptoms that exceed some tingling or numbness, illnesses such as flu can highlight other issues such as a metabolic or endocrine or any systemic process. Go get care! ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my hand in attempting to relieve the pain. does this sound like carpel tunnel?

What do you suggest if my hand in attempting to relieve the pain. does this sound like carpel tunnel?

Carpal tunnel pain: Hand pain may not b due to carpal tunnel. Carpal tunnel is classically associated with numbness and tingling, however many who have chronic carpal tunnel tend to play down or ignore the lost sensation, it becomes the new normal for them. In these cases, severe nerve pain can show up as an aching dull or sharp persistant unremitting at times. Hand pain can have many causes tendonitis, for one ...Read more

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Can you tell me the symptoms/symptoms of carpool tunnel & how/why one gets it & if it can dibilatate ones arm/hand?

Can you tell me the symptoms/symptoms of carpool tunnel & how/why one gets it & if  it can dibilatate ones arm/hand?

Numbness, tingling: Symptoms include numbness and tingling, awakening at night with pain/tingling, similar symptoms while driving. Certain repetitive activities such as scanners in supermarkets and meat cutters have been shown to have work relationship to developing carpal tunnel syndrome. Most occurs without obvious cause. Even keyboard activities have not been shown to definitively cause carpal tunnel syndrome. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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If I play tennis once and get an overuse injury can it cause the thoracic outlet syndrome or are you born with it?

If I play tennis once and get an overuse injury  can it cause the thoracic outlet syndrome or are you born with it?

No: Thoracic outlet syndrome is generally not an 'overuse' injury but can symptoms can be initiated by athletic or work endeavors , etc.In my orthopedic practice TOS is most often caused by a 'cervical rib' or other anatomic variant.See an experienced ORS for examination, Xrays, . Best of Luck!! ...Read more

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How long do you wait to do the other hand for carpal tunnel surgery?

How long do you wait to do the other hand for carpal tunnel surgery?

2 weeks: I tend to stage the surgery 2 weeks apart and typically recommend that the dominant hand go first unless there is a severe difference in the non dominant hand. This gives enough time to allow full function in most adl activity when people ask whether they can have surgery on both hands together i typically remind them about the bathroom! ...Read more

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Please explain if it is possible to have carpal tunnel syndrome in your ankle/foot?

Please explain if it is possible to have carpal tunnel syndrome in your ankle/foot?

Not exactly, similar: While carpal tunnel, by definition, is compression of the median nerve in the wrist, there are nerve compression syndromes that also occur in the legs and feet. A neurologist can help determine what, if any, nerves are affected and how to best relieve your symptoms. ...Read more

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Can u tell me whether or not rotator cuff pain runs down your arm and into your fingers or is that tendonitis?

Can u tell me whether or not rotator cuff pain runs down your arm and into your fingers or is that tendonitis?

Possible neither: The pain you describe would be unusual for either condition. It is more likely a result of nerve compression, often originating in the neck. ...Read more

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How to know if cubital and ulnar tunnel syndrome are the same thing?

How to know if cubital and ulnar tunnel syndrome are the same thing?

Cubital tunnel: Typically refers to compression of the ulnar nerve at the elbow. "cubital" refers to the elbow. Ulnar tunnel usually means compression of the ulnar nerve ( some nerve diff location) in the ulnar tunnel or guyon's canal which is at the wrist. Symptoms can overlap as it is the same nerve but the findings are slightly different. As what is affecte43d is below the compression or towards the hand. ...Read more

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Can you get muscle atrophy on your thumb if you ignore carpal tunnel for years and will surgery fix it?

Can you get muscle atrophy on your thumb if you ignore carpal tunnel for years and will surgery fix it?

Yes, and may be: Carpal tunnel can cause atrophy of the thenar (thumb) muscles and it may recover following surgery, provided the damage to the nerves has not become irreversible. See this site for more information on this topic. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001469/. ...Read more

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Carpal tunnel over the years I have slowly built wrist pain that i'm assuming is carpal tunnel. I have heard from some friends about endoscopic carpal tunnel release surgery as a great way to help alleviate the symptoms. Can someone help explain what this

Carpal tunnel over the years I have slowly built wrist pain that i'm assuming is carpal tunnel. I have heard from some friends about endoscopic carpal tunnel release surgery as a great way to help alleviate the symptoms. Can someone help explain what this

Minimally invasive.: Endoscopic carpal tunnel release (ectr) is a minimally inasive technique for releasing the carpal ligament. I use the microaire system in my practice which allows for a much smaller scar that is well hidden in the transverse wrist crease. I have patients who have had an open procedure on one side with an endoscopic release on the other hand who report kess pain and faster recovery as well. ...Read more

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When my Carpal Tunnel Syndrome act up should I have the affected hand rest completely or should I try to do some exercises with that hand?

When my Carpal Tunnel Syndrome act up should I have the affected hand rest completely or should I try to do some exercises with that hand?

Some advice: We usually find that repetitive flexion and extension activities at the wrist promote carpal tunnel syndrome, and one approach to help, involves usage of a wrist extension brace, which keeps the wrist in a constant position. Exercise really is of little benefit if you have advanced carpal tunnel and injection or surgical decompression is highly successful. ...Read more

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How can i tell if these pins and needles that happen with easy compression is anxiety/cns disorder or nerve compression?

How can i tell if these pins and needles that happen with easy compression is anxiety/cns disorder or nerve compression?

Pins and needles: Pins and needles with compression is normally a mild symptom due to compression. For example, compression of the palm side of the wrist causes tingling in the thumb, index and middle finger tips. ...Read more

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