Looked up carpal tunnel syndrome but still unsure what it is.?

Nerve compression. Carpal tunnel syndrome is the term we use for the condition caused by pressure on the median nerve. This is a nerve that runs down the forearm into the wrist where it then divides into the individual nerves to the thumb, index, middle and half of the ring finger. Pressure on this nerve causes numbness and tingling in these fingers.
Nerve compression. Carpal tunnel syndrome (cts) is compression of a nerve at the wrist. The carpal tunnel is a place at the wrist where the tendons that move the fingers and thumb and the median nerve pass to reach the fingers. When there is swelling in this tunnel for any reason it puts pressure on the nerve and can cause numbness, pain and weakness.

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I think had carpal tunnel syndrome few yrs back used wrap&pain relief gels. Still today can't do heavy things w/out pains coming back. How to strengthen?

Hand Therapy. Wrist and hand pain and weakness can have several causes. At your age carpal tunnel syndrome is unusual and not my first thought if you have hand weakness. If you don't have any numbness or tingling in your fingers, just pain, you probably don't have carpal tunnel. Other causes of hand pain at your age include possible ligament injuries, joint laxity, inflammatory arthritis. Get it checked out. Read more...
Need an evaluation. You mention pain, and not necessarily the classic signs of carpal tunnel such as hand numbness and tingling. Significant carpal tunnel in a 19yo such as yourself is very uncommon. Before attempting any strengthening programs i would seek out a medical professional to confirm the diagnosis. Read more...

I've been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome, doctor says it needs surgery. Can I still work until I have surgery?

Yes. Yes you can unless your doc thinks it will make it worse and cause permanent damage. Read more...
Sure. If you can tolerate the symptoms, keep working. It is unlikely that you are adding any damage. They condition can worsen, especially if you have constant numbness or weakness, so delaying treatment may allow the condition to worsen, and prolong your recovery. Read more...
Yes with changes. Yrs you can but you should use positional changes to minimize aggravation of the condition. Always discuss with your surgeon. Read more...
Yes. But id take the surgery day off and plan a few days off after. After that it depends on things such as who you are and what you do and how numb you were pre=op. Unless it is a very severe situation I do not limit the work of those with cts prior to surgery. Still, talk to your physician as there are many different scenarios that play into this decision. Read more...