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What to do for my swollen wrist from chronic carpal tunnel?

What to do for my swollen wrist from chronic carpal tunnel?

Cause vs Effect: I would not expect carpal tunnel syndrome itself to cause a visibly swollen wrist. Rather, i suspect you may have wrist swelling due to some other cause (trauma, arthritis, fluid retention, etc) that is predisposing you to compress the median nerve and cause carpal tunnel. Consult your primary doctor to find the underlying cause, and the swelling and pain might both be improved! ...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 wrist is swollen and hurts after writing a lot of notes the day before. Why? Is it pre signs of carpal tunnel? I'm only 19

My wrist is swollen and hurts after writing a lot of notes the day before. Why? Is it pre signs of carpal tunnel? I'm only  19

Unlikely: Carpal tunnel is caused by entrapment of the median nerve in the carpal canal. It produces numbness and tingling in the thumb, index, middle and half of the ring finger. Swelling can be a component, but carpal tunnel at your age is extremely rare and usually due to a secondary cause. If this doesn't improve for you, i'd see a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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I had carpal tunnel surg 2 months, and my hand, elbow, and arm are swollen and painful. What else can be wrong?

I had carpal tunnel surg 2 months, and my hand, elbow, and arm are swollen and painful.  What else can be wrong?

get this evaluated: You should be recovering at this point unless there is a local infection or an area of autonomic nerve dysfunction. Blood vessel issues could also be a problem. Do not delay, contact your physician and have this assessed now. ...Read more

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Could a piece of steel wool from a Brillo pad have gotten in my hand?Palm of hand by thumb is a tad swollen but no blood or splinter.Or carpal tunnel?

Could a piece of steel wool from a Brillo pad have gotten in my hand?Palm of hand by thumb is a tad swollen but no blood or splinter.Or carpal tunnel?

Foreign body: The simple answer is yes. Steel wool can easily splinter and get a piece into your skin. If ghat happens you can experience symptoms like you describe. If just sore just watch, if redness and more soreness develops you may need an antibiotic at ghat time. Happy cleaning! ...Read more

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Carpel tunnel syndrome is killing me... Please help me... It has been 2 years that i'm facing wrist pain due to swollen tissue please help me to cure!

Carpel tunnel syndrome is killing me... Please help me... It has been 2 years that i'm facing wrist pain due to swollen tissue please help me to cure!

See a Hand Surgeon: Treatment protocol for carpal tunnel syndrome is first to confirm diagnosis by emg/nct. This can be performed by a neurologist or a rehab specialist. Once diagnosis is confirmed then patients start with prescription nsaids, wrist braces, sometimes steroid injection into the carpal tunnel and lastly surgical release. Majority of patients benefit from this treatment protocol. See a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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What treatments should I pursue? I have fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel in both wrists, depression and chronic migraines. It is difficult to live day to day. I have problems standing, sitting, laying down, trying to clean my house and taking care of my childr

What treatments should I pursue? I have fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel in both wrists, depression and chronic migraines. It is difficult to live day to day. I have problems standing, sitting, laying down, trying to clean my house and taking care of my childr

Exercise: Aerobic exercise will improve blood flow , loosen muscles and joints and improve your mood. Do it to music you like, ideally outside in a pleasant environment. Try swimming, it is low impact, or dancing, or gardening. Make sure you get enough sleep at night and avoid excessive alcohol and tobacco. ...Read more

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Should my hand still swell after having carpal tunnel surgery 7wks ago?

Should my hand still swell after having carpal tunnel surgery 7wks ago?

Swelling: Swelling can last up to a year post-operative from any surgery, but should slowly decrease with time as recovery is different for every person. See your surgeon for verification. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can carpal tunnel effect the wrist ?

Can carpal tunnel effect the wrist ?

Opposite: The carpal tunnel is compression of the median nerve at the wrist. A wrist problem as arthritis, or fractures can cause carpal tunnel syndrome in someone young as you. ...Read more

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What can I do for the carpal tunnel in my wrist?

What can I do for the carpal tunnel in my wrist?

Several things: There are many options to treat carpel tunnel, splint especially at night, anti -inflammation medication, steroid injection, avoid certain movements, if this approach failed surgery could be done. ...Read more

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Don't know what I should do for the carpal tunnel in my wrist?

Don't know what I should do for the carpal tunnel in my wrist?

Relieve pressure: The primary intervention for cts is to relieve pressure on the median nerve in the wrist. Since we tend to flex our wrists when we sleep, wearing a neutral position wrist splint at night can often make a big difference, especially in conjunction with antiinflammatories. If this fails, nerve block and release surgery are possible options. ...Read more

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I'm having some serious wrist-pains! could this be carpal tunnel?

Unlikely: Carpal tunnel in characterized to numbness, electric shocks or pins and needles sensation in the thumb and the first 2 1/2 fingers. Wrist pain alone is nor carpal tunnel. ...Read more

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My wife has carpal tunnel in both wrists and is getting quite numb?

My wife has carpal tunnel in both wrists and is getting quite numb?

See a hand surgeon: Get a full evaluation for causes as well as possible treatments ( non-surgical and surgical). ...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 have a slight pain in the right wrist, getting worse and it started 2 weeks ago. Carpal tunnel?

Could be anything --: You need to see your health care provider, especially if the symptom is getting worse. Cts usually do progress over time though rather slowly, occupational factor should be considered. ...Read more

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Cold. I also sometimes get this light, achy pain in my wrist. Is it possible that I have carpal tunnel syndrome?

Cold. I also sometimes get this light, achy pain in my wrist. Is it possible that I have carpal tunnel syndrome?

Usually tingling: That's not a typical presentation. Carpal tunnel surgery is a compression of the median nerve at the wrist so symptoms involve that nerve and specifically sensory symptoms such as generalized discomfort of the hand, numbness and tingling on the thumb side of the hand as well as motor changes and specifically weakness of the hand especially involving the thumb. ...Read more

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Advice for carpal tunnel syndrome caused by using a computer and mouse at work? I already wear a SmartGlove on my wrist.

Rest: carpal tunnel is overgrowth of band around tunnel for median nerve , rest ius best treatment but half cocked Velcro wrist splints especially at night along with pain meds like Excedrin, motrin , aleve (naproxen) good , repetitive wristflexion /work causes this most often though not sure in many cases if getting worse steroid injection or surgery in order but still can come back if repetitive use again builds ...Read more