Can a problem with a shoulder lead to carpal tunnel-like symptoms in the hand?

Yes. The nerve that gets pinched in your wrist is the median nerve causing carpal tunnel syndrome. This nerve originates from the cervial spinal cord, passes through the shoulder area and into the arm and forearm. If there is irritation or swelling in the shoulder area it can irritate the nerve causing cts. An EMG always helps diagnose where the nerve problem is.
Not likely. Carpal tunnel is when the median nerve gets pinched at the level of the wrist. The median nerve gives sensation to the thumb, index, middle, and half of the ring finger and these are the digits that develop the pain/numbness/tingling seen with class carpal tunnel. The median nerve can also be pinched at the level of the neck and create similar symptoms but rarely at the shoulder.

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Carpal tunnel type of symptoms stopped with less typing. Then deadline, and cramping in middle of hand and ache up deltoid to shoulder. Related?

Very likely yes. Carpal tunnel syndrome typically causes burning pain, tingling and numbness in the distribution of the median nerve which provides sensation to the palm side of the thumb, index, middle fingers, as well as the inside half of the ring finger. The pain can radiate up the center of the forearm, sometimes as far as the shoulder. Read more...
Look at posture. When one experiences pain in body part, compensatory activities may place stress on associated joints, muscles, and nerves. Of course it is possible you could have an entirely different problem known as a "double crush" syndrome in which a shoulder or neck problem is also to blame. Read more...

33 yrs old, hand numbness, pain in shoulder, mom has lupus, cort shot took pain away, have nerve test to check if carpal tunnel. Dr said may be lupus.

See rheum. You are far more likely to have carpal tunnel than lupus. I presume you have seen an orthopedic surgeon who had injected the wrist area with cortisone. If the nerve test confirms CTS, then you should rest at ease. I greatly doubt that you have lupus since the joint involvement is atypical and your gender. Read more...

Have left side shoulder bursitis and carpal tunnel but both left and right hands go numb for no reason. Goes away when I flex my wrist and hand back.

Chances are you. Have bilateral CTS . why guess and risk perminant loss of function ? splint both wrists at night for 10 days and then check your nerve function ( EMG-NCS test ) if you still have evidence if CTS or have muscle denervation on the EMG consider more aggressive therapy CTS release surgery. . Read more...

I have carpal tunnel in my wrist. I'm feeling this throbbing pain that shoots up from my arm to my shoulder. What should I do?

Probably still CTS. Carpel tunnel syndrome pain can sometimes be referred all the way up the arm. Read more...
It seems that. You already know your problem. Have you been seen by your pcp/neurologist ? Did you have nerve conduction or similar test? I want to make sure that you have carpal tunnel but nothing else . If it is confirmed by your doc, please follow their recommendation and treatment plan. Wrist splint , some medication that have effect on nerve irritation like Cymbalta (duloxetine) /gabapentin . Good luck. Read more...
Not carpal tunnel. Shooting pain in the upper arm and shoulder cannot be attributed to carpal tunnel syndrome which is due to median nerve entrapment in the wrist. The median n supplies the thumb, pointer, middle, and half of the 4th finger. Read more...
Wrist splint. First of all you need to confirm the diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome by having nerve conduction and EMG test being done by physiatrist or neurologist. Once confirmed, then wrist splint will help for mild to moderate case and surgery for moderate to severe cases depending on severity and difficulty in doing adl, s. Cervical radiculopathy ( impingement of nerve in neck) needs to be ruled out. Read more...

The doctor told me I have carpal tunnel and to wear a wrist brace and take aleve (naproxen). How else can I releve pain in my shoulder and neck?

Physical therapy. Physical and occupational therapist can help you out. If you have the money (or your insurance covers it), see a chiropractor may be helpful. Conservative therapy at first before doing something major is always recommended. Read more...

My surgeon kept upping my dose of gabapentin when I would mention my hand and the last visit he said it was probably carpal tunnel. I've looked up the symptoms and it's not carpal tunnel. Can you give me an idea as to what may be the problem? Thank y

Neurology. I would hope that your physician has already ordered nerve conduction studies and an MRI of your cervical spine. The NCS should give a definitive diagnosis. Read more...
Second opinion. If you are not comfortable with your treatment, you might consider a second opinion. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a pinching of the median nerve and it would typically cause numbness into the first three fingers of the hand. You are right in that there are multiple other potential causes of symptoms or problems with the hand and wrist. An exam and appropriate studies would help make diagnosis. Read more...
Symptoms. Apparently, the gabapentin has not addressed your hand issue. It may be helpful to describe your symptoms as a start, and consider either a virtual consult on HealthTap or a local evaluation by a neurologist who might be able to do additional diagnostic studies (EMG/NCS, ultrasound). Read more...