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What happens if carpal tunnel is left untreated?

What happens if carpal tunnel is left untreated?

Median Nerve damage: Then the median nerve gets damaged and even after releasing it with surgery the hand wil continue with symptoms. ...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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My left wrist is larger than my right. Someone said it could be carpal tunnel. What do I do?

My left wrist is larger than my right. Someone said it could be carpal tunnel. What do I do?

Possibly: Carpal tunnel syndrome can cause hand and wrist pain with weakness and numbness to the thumb, index and ring fingers. This condition can also be associated with swelling and I have seen this in several patients. You can get an evaluation by a hand surgeon who can perform an exam and order some basic diagnostic test to determine the cause. ...Read more

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I hurt my left wrist over the summer. 1 dr believes it might be carpal tunnel, but my primary doesn't believe that's the case. What could b causing it?

I hurt my left wrist over the summer. 1 dr believes it might be carpal tunnel, but my primary doesn't believe that's the case. What could b causing it?

Occult fracture?: Wrist pain can be caused by a number of things including a missed or occult fracture, irritated tendons, nerve injury or irritation, arthritis, or bursitis. Many of these things can be treated symptomatically and resolve on their own, but some things like an occult or missed fracture may require additional evaluation and treatment. Referral to an orthopaedic surgeon or hand surgeon would help. ...Read more

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Help please! Could carpal tunnel cause left arm restlessness?

Help please! Could carpal tunnel cause left arm restlessness?

Not the only cause: Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common cause of arm and wrist discomfort. If you have discomfort there, it is wise to consider if it may be the cause. Normally there is also numbness or tingling in the fingertips with this condition however. ...Read more

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Hi I have caparl tunnel- like symptoms in my left hand. Do these symptoms appear with other conditions, or is it almost assuredly carpal tunnel?

Hi I have caparl tunnel- like symptoms in my left hand. Do these symptoms appear with other conditions, or is it almost assuredly carpal tunnel?

Yes, likely CTS.: If your symptoms involve only the median nerve, it is likely carpal tunnel but testing with Nerve Conduction Studies or Electromyography would help differentiate among other conditions that affect the nerves that originate from your back or from your muscles themselves. Approximately 65% of patients have bilateral symptoms of Carpal Tunnel. ...Read more

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What can give you carpal tunnel on left hand/had since 10yrs old/right handed /don't type on computer much/ don't think right diagnosis/what else?

What can give you carpal tunnel on left hand/had since 10yrs old/right handed /don't type on computer much/ don't think right diagnosis/what else?

Many Things can: Cause it. For me, it was my watch. I'm right handed wore my watch on my left hand. Stopped wearing my watch...it went away.
Sometimes it can be an internal problem not external where tissue scarred down or a vein is to large etc etc....and it puts pressure on a nerve. The diagnosis if made by Emg/NCV would be correct. ...Read more

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Painful tingling sensation felt on my left leg and foot? Carpal tunnel?

Painful tingling sensation felt on my left leg and foot? Carpal tunnel?

Tarsal tunnel: There is condition in the foot and ankle that is called tarsal tunnel. It is in the inside of your ankle and foot and the pain can either shoot into your foot or up your leg. You should have someone take a look. ...Read more

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Aching pain in left wrist I have carpal tunnel in both hands and I'm a cashier so I'm constantly using my hands?

Aching pain in left wrist I have carpal tunnel in both hands and I'm a cashier so I'm constantly using my hands?

Job related: Unless you have some clearly identifiable factor other than your job that is contributing to your carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), you will have to look into a different type of work. The wrist pain is most likely related to the CTS. You need treatment now as untreated CTS can lead to permanent nerve damage. Discuss with your doctor whether you need braces, injections, or surgery. ...Read more

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I'm experiencing acute pain 13 days after carpal tunnel surgery in my left hand. I'm wondering if I should go get it checked? Appearance is normal.

I'm experiencing acute pain 13 days after carpal tunnel surgery in my left hand. I'm wondering if I should go get it checked? Appearance is normal.

Pain hand: Acute pain, yes there can be an infection or another issue, call your doctor. Other things such as arthritis at th base of the thumb, or irritation from prolonged dependency on splints may be suspect as well. By speaking to your surgeon directly they can determine if anything else needs to be done. Often this can simply be a phone call but you must call to start the evaluation process ...Read more

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Can tendinitis surgery cause carpal tunnel in my left wrist. I just got carpal tunnel surgery on my right? I'm feeling the same symptoms of it on left

Can tendinitis surgery cause carpal tunnel in my left wrist. I just got carpal tunnel surgery on my right? I'm feeling the same symptoms of it on left

Prob Just Bilateral: Often carpal tunnel syndrome is bilateral, so it isn't that surgery on one side causes or leads to the same problem on the opposite side. I assume electrical studies were done and should confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What could be causing numbness and weakness in my left hand? I do have carpal tunnel syndrome, but this seems different, not as much pain, but a lot less sensation in my left hand.

What could be causing numbness and weakness in my left hand? I do have carpal tunnel syndrome, but this seems different, not as much pain, but a lot less sensation in my left hand.

Actually,: Actually, it's a myth that carpal tunnel syndrome is pain, particularly pain with typing. The hallmark symptom of carpal tunnel syndrome (cts) is numbness. Numbness in the thumb, index, long and half of the ring finger. The current best evidence is that cts is genetic (you we're going to get it no matter what you did) and--in my opinion--inevitably progressive. I warn my patients that surgery is necessary eventually to prevent numbness and weakness that it is permanent. Luckily the disease is very slowly progressive, so you should have some time to sort this out. ...Read more

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[22, F, Don't work out] This past week I've experienced symptoms of carpal tunnel while having pain in my left foot arch & right calf. Is this normal?

[22, F, Don't work out] This past week I've experienced symptoms of carpal tunnel while having pain in my left foot arch & right calf. Is this normal?

Carpal tunnel: Sometimes we just get pains but check for thyroid, diabetes, magnesium calcium, potassium and B12 (especially if vegan) as all can cause muscular pains. Do you sit a lot at a desk/computer? Break every 30 to 45 minutes and stretch for a minute. Rarely could be food allergy, autoimmune, MS or other. Because of calf pain go to urgent care/ doctor today check d-dimer, insure not clot., ...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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Left back and left hand pain, heart attack or carpal tunnel?

Needs evaluation: Symptoms of left sided pain and numbness in the arm can often be confused with a heart attack. However, it is critical that any symptoms of left arm pain associated with any cardiac issues such as chest pain or shortness of breath have an evaluation to rule out a heart attack. ...Read more

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Does pain in my left hand between my thumb and pointer fingers mean I have carpal tunnel? I tried a hand brace but no relief!

Does pain in my left hand between my thumb and pointer fingers mean I have carpal tunnel? I tried a hand brace but no relief!

Arthritis: Pain between the thumb and index finger is most commonly from a joint called the basal joint also known as the first carpometacarpal joint. Depending upon your age it can be either a loose joint or possibly arthritis. I would have you see a hand surgeon to get x-rays and a full evaluation. ...Read more

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I have carpal tunnel in both of my wrists, lately my hands have been going numb quicker then usual. My left thumb hurts after it's numb. Why?

I have carpal tunnel in both of my wrists, lately my hands have been going numb quicker then usual. My left thumb hurts after it's numb. Why?

Pain in thumb C6: There's an entity called a C6 radiculopathy which may explain the isolated pain to that digit as well as numbness. Also, something called TENOSYNOVITIS could explain the thumb. You are awfully young to be having bilateral CTS. What type of work you do? I know you've got wrist braces but has your diagnosis been confirmed by either a good neurological exam or an EMG/NCV test? If not, consider them ...Read more

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I just had carpal tunnel surgery on my left hand and the surgical site has reopened. It's draining and it's very painful to touch. Is this staph?

I just had carpal tunnel surgery on my left hand and the surgical site has reopened. It's draining and it's very painful to touch. Is this staph?

Wound infection: Can't tell if it's staph without a culture, but it's likely a wound infection. You need to contact your surgeon or be evaluated at an Urgent Care. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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