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Could I have nerve damage or diabetes from carpal tunnel?

11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Nerve damage

Carpal tunnel syndrome may cause nerve damage to the median nerve, which runs through the center of your wrist.
Diabetes may also cause nerve damage, although it typically affects nerves in the legs and feet. Carpal tunnel syndrome does not cause diabetes of course.

In brief: Nerve damage

Carpal tunnel syndrome may cause nerve damage to the median nerve, which runs through the center of your wrist.
Diabetes may also cause nerve damage, although it typically affects nerves in the legs and feet. Carpal tunnel syndrome does not cause diabetes of course.
Dr. Olav Jaren
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Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
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In brief: Yes and No

Yes carpal tunnel syndrome is damage to the median nerve at the wrist due to compression.
No carpal tunnel would not cause diabetes.

In brief: Yes and No

Yes carpal tunnel syndrome is damage to the median nerve at the wrist due to compression.
No carpal tunnel would not cause diabetes.
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
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Dr. William Gaya
Neurology
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In brief: Carpal tunnel

Carpal tunnel syndrome is characterized by hand pain and recurrent numbness or "pins and needle" sensations in the thumb, index, middle finger and the lateral aspect of the ring finger. It may be triggered by repetitive use, like driving or keyboard typing.
Diabetes or obesity increases risk of onset. Wearing a wrist cock- up splint is very effective. Surgery reserved for severe cases.

In brief: Carpal tunnel

Carpal tunnel syndrome is characterized by hand pain and recurrent numbness or "pins and needle" sensations in the thumb, index, middle finger and the lateral aspect of the ring finger. It may be triggered by repetitive use, like driving or keyboard typing.
Diabetes or obesity increases risk of onset. Wearing a wrist cock- up splint is very effective. Surgery reserved for severe cases.
Dr. William Gaya
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Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery
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In brief: Carpal tunnel

You do not get diabetes from carpal tunnel nerve entrapment.
Depending on how severe the nerve is entrapped you can get from mild to severe nerve damage. An evaluation by a neurologist and a test called an EMG can help assess how severe the nerve damage is.

In brief: Carpal tunnel

You do not get diabetes from carpal tunnel nerve entrapment.
Depending on how severe the nerve is entrapped you can get from mild to severe nerve damage. An evaluation by a neurologist and a test called an EMG can help assess how severe the nerve damage is.
Dr. James Goodrich
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Dr. Laurie Glasser
Carpal tunnel can cause nerve damage depending on the degree of nerve entrapment. NCS and EMG's are performed by neurologists and physiatrists (doctors of physical medicine and rehabilitation) There is a board certification in electrodiagnosis through the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine . The following website can assist you in finding a qualified provider for your presumed carpal tunnel. http://www.abemexam.org/ABEM-Diplomates-Directory.aspx Diabetes can cause a type of neuropathy that some people mistake for carpal tunnel but carpal tunnel does not cause diabetes.
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