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!
See your doc. I never recommend anyone live with chronic carpal tunnel syndrome unless there are some other circumstances. There may be something else going on with the wrist swelling which when treated may improve you carpal tunnel.
Seek help. If you are experiencing swelling you could eventually sustain long term complications including atrophy of hand muscles. Seek professional consultation for evaluation and treatment options.

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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

Carpel Tunnel. Carpal tunnel syndrome typically starts gradually with a vague aching in your wrist that can extend to your hand or forearm. Common carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms include: tingling or numbness, pain radiating or extending, and a sense of weakness in your hands and a tendency to drop objects. Read more...
Possibly. Entrapment of the median nerve (carpal tunnel syndrome) is possible as is inflammation of the sheaths surrounding the tendons (tendonitis). If resting your wrist, use of an ice pack and use of a "cock-up splint" doesn't alleviate the pain and swelling, see an orthopedic surgeon for a formal assessment of the problem. Read more...
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...
No. I agree and wanted to add that your wrist swelling is almost certainly an overuse syndrome involving tendonitis. Although it is not carpal tunnel syndrome, anything that causes wrist swelling can cause carpal tunnel syndrome secondarily. A physical or occupational therapist may be able to show you ways of avoiding recurrence of this problem by making a minor change in your handwriting technique. Read more...

My mom has carpal tunnel syndrome and her hand is swollen. Is this normal?

Yes. Carpal tunnel is caused by swelling in the wrist causing pressure on the median nerve. Swelling from some other reason is what often causes carpal tunnel syndrome. Read more...
Well . Well carpal tunnel for one thing is associated with numbness in the hand. By numbness many people mean decreased sensation or tingling and it frequently occurs in the thumb, index and middle fingers and part of the ring finger. Weakness can occur especially in the thenar muscles, the large muscle group at the palm thumb side of your hand. Swelling in fingers can also be present. Read more...

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...

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!

Intolerable Pain. When a physician on the internet hears the words 'intolerable pain' they wonder what you would want from us. It sounds like you need to be under the care of a hand expert in person. This situation can be managed and you can get relief. But, you need a doctor in person to help you. Read more...
Need 2 see handsurg. A hand surgeon can help u. Get in 2 c 1 soon. May need ncs/emg, and if severe, surgery may b indicated. There r many rx besides surgery & he/she may go that route 1'st. Read more...
Carpal tunnel syndro. After 2 years of wrist pain, it's time to go see your doctor. There's no way for an american doctor to "cure" you while you're in pakistan short of long-distance robotic surgery, so you'll need to see your local doctor to consider your options. Here in the states, we consider rest, splinting, nsaids, steroid injections, etc prior to surgical release. Read more...
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...

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

The . The most effective approach to getting your health back is, without a doubt, cognitive behavioral therapy. This is particularly effective for puzzling conditions like fibromyalgia. Cbt is like a course where you learn how to best interpret the symptoms and keep active. I realize this sounds unusual, but the evidence is very, very strong. It's the stigma against mind-body approaches that keeps people from reaching out for this technique. Discuss cbt with your primary care doctor. You will not regret it. Read more...
While . While i cannot tell you how to treat chronic migraines and fibromyalgia, if you truly do have carpal tunnel it becomes even more important to treat that because it is treatable problem. In the scheme of things leaving things untreated just makes the other things feel worse and they in turn amplify the overall severity of the carpal tunnels evvect on another part of your health. If you are past splinting, injections or have a severe enough carpal tunnel you should consider seeing a hand surgeon or orthopedic surgeon to get your carpal tunnel taken care of surgically. I can't promise anyone that surgery will make all your issues go away but it is the one thing of the three that likley has the most predictable result. Of course speak to your doctor about what the expectation are for your own individual case. Read more...
Various. You need pain pills (three approved) in beginning to aid increased physical activity & aqua therapy. Nutrition, relaxation therapy, behavioral training, & acupuncture are helpful. Deconditioning & obesity worsen problem. Treatment of trigger points is part of a broad therapeutic program. Read stories of survivors in their books. Avoid support groups where people primarily commiserate & complain. Read more...
Depression. The general rule of thumb is always fix the mental illness first. You should be screened for bipolar disorder. www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/bipolar-disorder-easy-to-read/index.shtml. Read more...
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...
Treat the treatable. Your most treatable conditions are the depression and the carpal tunnel syndrome. Have those treated first. Lamictal often takes care of migraines and depression. You need to assemble a treatment team, hand or neurosurgeon for the carpal tunnel, neurologist for the migraines, psychiatrist for the depression and an empathic rheumatologist for the fibromyalgia. Other lifestyle changes are best addressed after your surgery. Best wishes to you for a quick recovery. Read more...

Can carpal tunnel effect the wrist?

Yes. Among the most common complaints, patients will reveal that their hands fall asleep or that things slip from their fingers without their noticing (loss of grip, dropping things); numbness and tingling also are commonly described complaints should be localized to the palmar aspect of the first to the fourth fingers and the distal palm (ie, the sensory distribution of the median nerve at the wrist). Read more...
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...