8 doctors weighed in:

Carpal tunnel syndrome-how painful is this?

8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Surgery - Hand Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

Patients with carpal tunnel syndrome can have hand and wrist pain however there are plenty of patients who only have numbness in their fingers.

In brief: Depends

Patients with carpal tunnel syndrome can have hand and wrist pain however there are plenty of patients who only have numbness in their fingers.
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice
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Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Differs by person

For some people it is just numbness in the thumb side of the hand (first three fingers).
For others it is painful with radiation towards the elbow and made worse with wrist flexing. Tax options include bracing, medications, injections, and surgery.

In brief: Differs by person

For some people it is just numbness in the thumb side of the hand (first three fingers).
For others it is painful with radiation towards the elbow and made worse with wrist flexing. Tax options include bracing, medications, injections, and surgery.
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
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Dr. Todd Siff
Surgery - Hand Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends

For most people, carpal tunnel syndrome is not painful.
But, it certainly can be very painful for other people. We are not sure why some people experience pain with this condition compared to others. Do not judge the severity of carpal tunnel syndrome based on the pain level - this can be misleading.

In brief: Depends

For most people, carpal tunnel syndrome is not painful.
But, it certainly can be very painful for other people. We are not sure why some people experience pain with this condition compared to others. Do not judge the severity of carpal tunnel syndrome based on the pain level - this can be misleading.
Dr. Todd Siff
Dr. Todd Siff
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Dr. Jeremy Bland
Neuromuscular Medicine

In brief: Variable

Both existing answers point out that it varies a lot form person to person and that is correct.
However if the question is 'how bad can it be' then on a scale of 0-10 the range is about 0-8 - i.e. some patients do get quite severe pain from CTS, especially if the nerve compression develops very rapidly.

In brief: Variable

Both existing answers point out that it varies a lot form person to person and that is correct.
However if the question is 'how bad can it be' then on a scale of 0-10 the range is about 0-8 - i.e. some patients do get quite severe pain from CTS, especially if the nerve compression develops very rapidly.
Dr. Jeremy Bland
Dr. Jeremy Bland
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