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Is there anything besides carpal tunnel that can cause an electrical feeling in your hands and forearms

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Dr. Zahid Niazi
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Yes, carpal tunnel is specific to median nerve compression.
If the ulnar nerve is compressed at the wrist(guyon tunnel) or at the elbow(cubital tunnel) then patients can have symptoms related to that. Other causes could be related to nerves being pinched in the neck area and these are called radiculopathies. In some patients diabetes or thyroid disease can cause symptoms. See a neurologist.

In brief: See Neurologist

Yes, carpal tunnel is specific to median nerve compression.
If the ulnar nerve is compressed at the wrist(guyon tunnel) or at the elbow(cubital tunnel) then patients can have symptoms related to that. Other causes could be related to nerves being pinched in the neck area and these are called radiculopathies. In some patients diabetes or thyroid disease can cause symptoms. See a neurologist.
Dr. Zahid Niazi
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In brief: Carpal tunnel...

...Only affects parts that are distal ('downstream') from the wrist.
If forearms are affected, the nerve pinch has to be at elbow or more likely shoulder/spine (so-called 'brachial plexus').

In brief: Carpal tunnel...

...Only affects parts that are distal ('downstream') from the wrist.
If forearms are affected, the nerve pinch has to be at elbow or more likely shoulder/spine (so-called 'brachial plexus').
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Dr. Emily Ridgway
Have your doctor do a thorough sensory and strength examination and they may be able to pinpoint where the compression is. An EMG is a test that might help if the exam is not clear.
Dr. Daniel Mass
Yes you could have ulnar tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, pronator tunnel syndrome, or a cervical radiculopathy, particularly at C6,7 or8.
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