Patient Comments: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Experience

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Comment from: Dawn, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 14

I have had carpal tunnel syndrome for over 10 years and it has got progressively worse. This week I underwent an operation on my right hand to cure the condition and 5 days later I am without pain and functioning as normal. I can't thank the surgeon enough. I wish I had had the operation years ago! Now I am looking forward to having the same operation on my left hand in the New Year!

Comment from: shadow54, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 15

I have had bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome for over 2 years now. I am only 54 and went to have the surgery done but my blood pressure and heart rate were too high, so they would not do it. Things happened and the surgery money was needed for other things, and with no insurance I have been forced to find creative ways to ease the pain. I get a paraffin wax treatment kit at USD 40 at Walmart, and it really helps a lot! Secondly, try heating a small amount of lotion in the microwave and rub it on the wrists. Hope this helps!

Comment from: BellaBueaty, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 06

I have recently started research on carpal tunnel syndrome and I’m am about 99.9 percent sure this is my problem. I started working in a produce department in my place of work and I cut about 150 to 250lbs of fruit every day, among other things I must cut constantly to keep my department full. I have been there for about 8 months and have had severe numbness and pain for about 4 months and for past month and half or so the numbness and pain have also turned into those symptoms plus a severe burning feeling. It is very painful, feels like my skin is literally melting from the inside out like acid in my blood but only in my hands and fingers. It is very bad at night, and upon waking is when it seems to be the worst pain, and I can barely hold objects or do things in the morning such as normal simple things such as washing hair or washing myself in shower, sometimes takes me hour and half for hands to start to feel tolerable for most of the day. It does occur a lot while I am literally in the middle of cutting my fruit for my job and it is severe pain, unbearable at times and feel like I will get fired because I have not been able to do my job as quickly or do as much because of this numbness and burning, let alone barely being able to hold a knife I use to cut with.

Comment from: JBnID, 65-74 (Patient) Published: January 14

I suffered carpal tunnel syndrome for 7 years while building a house and working without relief. Braces on both hands at night allowed some sleep but became increasingly not enough. CTS was adversely affecting my life. January 3rd I went in for bi-lateral CTS release by endoscopic surgery. It's like a miracle! My hands are back! The day after surgery was less painful than the day before! Now, after a week, I'm pain free, sleep all night and have a new outlook on life.

Comment from: LAD, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 23

I have unbearable pain at the tips of my fingers and elbow happening now as I am touch typing on my iPad. When I try and sleep at night, I get pins and needles, numbness and tingling from finger tips to neck. When the numbness stops itching starts on my upper arms and I have scratched to the point of removing skin, moles, and bleeding has occurred. It is maddening. I had workup for carpal tunnel syndrome and the nerve conduction resulted in no diagnosis, but it was so painful I cannot bear the thought of doing it again. I also have rheumatoid arthritis. I am going to have to seek treatment soon, but the thought of driving now is too much to bear.

Comment from: Chas, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 21

Because of carpal tunnel syndrome I get numbness of my thumb first and middle finger playing racquetball and riding bicycles.

Comment from: tam tam, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 02

I have pain from my thumb up to my wrist because of my carpal tunnel syndrome. It hurts if I lift things and I lose my grip. It feels like my hand is asleep a lot of the time.

Comment from: Ros, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 03

I have had carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) for some years now. It is worse when my thyroid medication needs adjusting. A poor thyroid function can be a cause. Get checked for hypothyroidism before considering surgery, as it does not always work as many have found. My chiropractor can also give lots of relief.

Comment from: sgoss, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 03

I am a 66 year old retired LVN (licensed vocational nurse) in the medical field. I am having severe pain in my hands from my wrist to my fingertips. The first and second joints of my fingers hurt and are swollen. I wake up if I try to close them when I am sleeping, or if I close them then I wake up when I open them.

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Comment from: Stu, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 30

I recently realized that I sometimes sleep with my arm extended over the side of the bed with my hand bent down at the wrist for hours at a time. It could be the cause of my wrist and hand issues. I will try sleeping on the other side of the bed to see if that should alleviate the problem. Take notice of the position of your arm and wrist at night while you sleep.

Comment from: Heidi, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 09

I have numbness at the tip of my 4th finger extending down the medial side to the first joint. The carpal tunnel syndrome began after raking leaves. I have no history of diabetes.

Comment from: NIKETTA, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 26

I think I developed carpal tunnel syndrome from overuse of my hands. I do a lot of manual work in and around my home such as cutting hedges, raking the leaves, gardening, etc., so I believe that"s how I get the disease. For about a year and a half I was on medication, but in February of 2014 I did a carpal tunnel release and am now going through the healing process.

Comment from: redhead, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

Four months ago I had a sudden onset of numbness and pain in both hands. The pain was almost unbearable. I purchased the braces which did help and also at night would extend my arm downward and shake the hand when pain persisted and this helped, too. After a nerve test that showed I had severe carpal tunnel in left hand and moderate in the right, I had surgery on the left hand. This has helped the pain but I still have the numbness in my thumb and three fingers not the little finger. Now I have been told that I possibly have rheumatoid arthritis. This week I had blood work and x-rays taken. Symptoms are worse when I try to get out of bed and the stiffness may last for hours even though now I am taking 20 mg of prednisone. When first taking this drug my pain and stiffness were gone in less than 2 days, but now it is returning.

Comment from: Paul F., 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 18

I started my new job six months ago as a script writer, so I spend a lot of time at my new desk. I started getting numbness in my left hand and fingers and then pins and needles. It's almost a constant thing now; it’s really painful to sleep, as most positions hurt. I have recently been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome. I had the nerve conduction tests (I nearly passed out) that diagnosed the problem. The doctor is suggesting surgery. I just want my hand back to normal.

Comment from: earlbowden, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 11

My tarsal tunnel syndrome started about eight years ago. My feet started to feel as if they were burning. I thought it might just be my shoes, or socks, or just tired feet. But the burning didn't go away, it got worse over time. It was almost unbearable some days. Then I started getting the tingling and numbness. I finally went to the doctor, and he did some diabetes tests and then prescribed some medicine. It took a couple of tries, but we finally settled on Amitriptyline and Lyrica. They worked, somewhat. The side affects included drowsiness - I had zero energy almost all day long, and I would fall asleep soon after getting home from work, causing me to not be able to get to sleep later in the night when I usually went to bed. We adjusted the strengths and times for the medicine, which did help with the drowsiness, but then the strength of the medicine wasn't enough to give me any real relief from the pain. By now, I'm getting shooting pains all over my feet, too. I'm about going out of my head with the pains, the numbness, and the tingling. I think I may have found doctors who can help with surgery, but I found out they don't work with my insurance carrier. I'm that close, and now I can't pay for relief. Hopefully I can work something out with these doctors or with my insurance carrier. Maybe there's other doctor's in the Denver area that do the surgery, and can work with my insurance company.

Comment from: Christine, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 11

I am 46 and also have rheumatoid arthritis. I'm guessing that the carpal tunnel syndrome is related to that. The symptoms started in my right hand around two months ago and seem to be progressing quite rapidly and badly. I have a lot of numbness in my thumb and first three fingers, as well as pain and difficulty gripping. I'm thankful that I have a voice recognition software program on my laptop otherwise I would need to be able to type this. A cortisone shot in my hand did not help at all. I'm playing the waiting game right now and do not yet have an appointment to see a specialist about the carpal tunnel syndrome. Last fall, I had surgery on my ankle and the surgeon accidentally stuck one of the screws into the tibial nerve and that resulted in a tremendous amount of burning and numbness in my left foot, and my walking is still very limited. It may have a tarsal tunnel association, and I'm waiting to see a neurosurgeon about that. I'm feeling pretty gimpy right now - between my right hand and my left foot, I don't seem to get a lot accomplished. It’s kind of a double whammy. I tried acupuncture for the nerve damage in my left foot and did not receive any pain relief from it. I may try acupuncture as I'm waiting for treatment for my hand and see if I have any more about what that. I tried wearing a wrist brace and it seemed to make the pain and numbness even worse. I am wearing a splint at nighttime to try and keep my hand from curling up.

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Comment from: daisy, 45-54 (Patient) Published: May 14

I have numbness and burning due to carpal tunnel syndrome.

Comment from: mustafa, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: December 01

I have a pain in my middle two toes of my feet. The pain is not permanent. I also play football but I only feel this pain sometimes.

Comment from: Johny, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: October 21

Carpal tunnel syndrome hurts terribly and keeps me awake at night!

Comment from: jscorvet, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 05

I have shooting pains from my elbow down to the wrists.

Comment from: cassie, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: September 26

I am 15 years old. One day I noticed my hand was numb and I wasn’t even doing anything. Well, I just left it alone thinking, “Oh my hand is just asleep.” It kept happening. I remember a girl in my class telling me some of her symptoms, so being curious I looked up some symptoms on the internet. It sounded like I might have it. So, I went to the doctor to get a shot before school. She told me to get a brace. So I’ve had the brace over two months and its getting to the point where in the middle of the night the pain goes from my hand all the way to my arm and causes me not to sleep. I have to go back to the doctor for a couple things. She said we are going to set up an orthopedic appointment. Now I am wearing my brace almost 24/7, and taking two ibuprofen a day, morning and night. By the way I have hypothyroidism and my dad has had the surgery in both hands so I most likely got it passed down to me. I think I might be getting the surgery.

Comment from: Corrine, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 25

I have carpel tunnel syndrome (CTS). At night mostly my thumb, first and middle fingers go completely numb, and most of my ring finger. The pain in my fingers is the worst I have experienced. In the day, I have pain in my wrist and sometimes the palm of my hand and quite a lot of tingling. It started when I spent a week decorating my house using a paint roller.

Comment from: 13-18 Female Published: September 25

I'm 17 years old and I have tarsal tunnel in both ankles and carpel tunnel in my left wrist. I started developing tarsal tunnel when I was just 13 and it took four doctors to finally decide that was for sure what it was. The doctor suggested trying physical therapy, so I tried that and, after approving my insurance and allowing me to go through multiple treatments (two a week for three months), we started receiving bills in the mail saying my insurance was not covering any of it. My sessions immediately ended and symptoms got worse. Now, four years later, I have no relief and no hope of it and things just seem to be getting worse because I am slowly also developing it in my wrists. I used to have weekly doctors visits to check my progress and see if anything was getting worse, but now I have no insurance, no relief, no way of getting help...no hope.

Comment from: Richard, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 21

I am currently waiting for my carpal tunnel syndrome surgery. I have terrible pain in my right hand at night after five hours of sleep. I had two operations performed on my leading left hand a few years ago. Although it’s not perfect, it’s 50% better. Currently, my right hand is constantly numb in the fingers. The pain is so bad sometimes that the doctors gave me pills to take. I’m 47, and I exercise regularly.

Comment from: Rango, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 21

I have tarsal tunnel syndrome. I had surgery for it in January of 2008. On the feet and ankle, it’s a long, long recovery. You have a hard time with stairs and uneven surfaces. I have a tendency to walk on the outside of my feet. I experience lots of aches and pain.

Comment from: Valtadonna, 45-54 Female Published: August 05

I have numbness of the hands, arms and shoulders. It makes it hard to sleep in almost any position. I can’t lift anything that is heavier than 3 pounds with my hands without dropping it. I also experience swelling of the hands and wrists also.

Published: July 30

I experienced numbness and tingling of the thumb, 1st, 2nd and 3rd fingers. Then I started experiencing severe pain at night in what I thought was the elbow. I actually thought I had slept on my arm wrong. But that was not the case. Eventually, I would experience the numbness, tingling, pain and progressive weakness of the thumb, especially while trying to use eating utensils. I ended up having surgery on both hands.

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Published: July 23

I am currently awaiting a surgery date for my wrist which has been diagnosed with carpal tunnel. The pain is so bad at this point that I cannot write more then one or two words without having to grab my hand and lower it. It is almost a nauseating pain in the wrist and numbness/tingling/burning feeling in all fingers but my pinky. I cannot sleep without a brace on and cannot raise my hand for more then about 45 seconds without pain. I am constantly dropping things that I am sure I have a hold of. The first Cortizone shot I had was like a miracle for about 6 months, the second shot only helped for about 2 weeks.

Published: July 02

I have pain originating in my right thumb and radiating up my wrist and arm. Also, pain radiating up dorsum of hand from my index finger. Some pain occurs in the heel of my hand. Wrist splints leave me in more pain in the morning. X-ray of my hand and wrist show arthritis and a small cyst at the base of my thumb. I am being worked up for carpal tunnel syndrome; but I am not sure that is the problem. Acupuncture did not seem to help. I have not tried chiropractics. I am thinking of a PT referral. In researching Carpal Tunnel it seems nothing including surgery has much of a cure rate.

Published: July 01

I was recently diagnosed with CTS and have been having physical therapy sessions about twice a week. They did nothing to alleviate my symptoms, which are currently limited to numbness of my thumb, index and middle finger. I am also having trouble with small objects, i.e. buttons. After reading up on the Internet I am considering stopping physical therapy and trying acupuncture.

Published: June 25

My thumb and first two fingers are numb. Sometimes it feels like pins and needles are sticking into my fingers. Sometimes it feels like an electric shock is being delivered into my fingers. It feels like my fingers are not my own. It feels like rubber bands are tied around my fingers and sometimes it feels like my hand it swollen but it is not. It is very frustrating. I will try to pick up something or button a blouse and I cannot feel to do it right.

Published: June 18

The pain first started in my right wrist. The pain is in the wrist bone and not in my thumb or forefinger. I do not feel any tingling or numbness. It then started in my left wrist resulting in both wrists. I have soaked my wrists in Epson salt in warm water as well as put wrist bands for support and compression. Nothing has worked. I am nine months pregnant and I am afraid that I will not be able to fully care for my infant. My hands are not fully functioning and it is very painful to do normal daily activities such as washing dishes or even putting on my clothes.

Published: June 12

My toes have a burning sensation and my foot and ankle has been swelling for a few weeks. The burning is on the top of my toes.

Published: June 11

It’s like a throbbing, burning, tingling pain causing numbness. I get extreme pain in my hands and wrists that can last for hours at a time, making my fingers, numb and hands hurt. Sometimes I cry from the pain swelling in my joints. Holding my hand downward makes it hurt worse.

Published: June 09

My fingers tingle and it seems to run through the outer sides of my hands.

Comment from: jennb, 35-44 Female Published: October 06

I suffered with carpal tunnel which got progressively worse for three years. The pain at night was excruciating and kept me awake EVERY night for hours. I finally went to my doctor and had the surgery which took about two hours. The very night of my surgery, I slept ALL night without any pain. It was miraculous. If you've been diagnosed with carpal tunnel, I cannot express how wonderful and immediate the relief is after surgery. I went to back to work the very next day. It took several months to get the strength back in my hands but it was worth it. My only regret is that I didn't have the surgery sooner. All that pain and suffering could have been avoided. 100% consider the surgery if carpal tunnel is affecting your life in any way.

Comment from: tani, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

I’m 30 years old. I was first diagnosed with CTS 4years ago. I had 1 surgery last year on my left hand. I had 1 on my right this year. I’m currently not satisfied with either surgery. So I am going to be getting another nerve study done again. I have been experiencing a popping in both thumbs, no strength in either hand, pain goes to elbows and shoulders, and it’s hard to daily tasks around the house. The doc said it’s caused from not getting it treated right away. It was almost 3yrs after the first diagnoses. So the surgeries would have helped if it was done sooner. I’m tired of taking medication for the pain and inflammation and to sleep. I’m afraid that those are going to start causing other issues.

Comment from: CD, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 06

I am a 57 year old male and have been using a keyboard for 20 years continuously. I have recently been diagnosed with CTS in both hands; although I have suffered loss of feeling and "tingling" in some of my finger ends for over 2 years, I recently suffered terrible pain and burning sensations in both hands during the night. This came about after I had a specifically heavy weekend in the garden. Wearing wrist splints have helped with sleeping, but I continue to have "tingling" in my middle fingers in particular and I am unable to make a fist.

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

A week ago, last Saturday; I used a 409 spray bottle repeatedly to spray my carpet. I woke up the next morning which was Sunday and could not hold anything. I have no pain in the hand, but I cannot grip a pen/pencil. I cannot turn a key or put my car in gear. I have taken Aleve, but there has been no relief. I purchased a wrist band which supports my thumb and started wearing it today. I need to know if since it has been over a week if I need to seek medical advice.

Comment from: 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: August 12

I have just recently been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome. My left pinky finger is continuously numb from this. I have been typing for school and I do not have any clue how to get rid of it other than immobilization.

Published: July 28

I don't have numbness or tingling in my wrists, but I have noticed (over a few months) that both wrists have a burning sensation if/when I make even the simplest movement. The pain/burning is on the outer part of my wrists and it doesn't always hurt, but it does a lot. I noticed it immediately if I turn my wrists inward.

Published: July 21

About a year ago I had surgery for carpal tunnel, now I'm experiencing bad pain and it seems that I have another little bump that is growing in the same wrist where I had my surgery. Could it be the same thing?

Published: June 23

I am a 42-year-old patient who suffers from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in which I had to be operated on a total off seven times. In my latest episode, my wrist bone, thumb and forefinger were tingling and always had numbness. During the night is when I feel the most pain. On many occasions, things fall out of my hand without me even knowing. Sometimes I feel like my entire hand is on fire and the pain gets UNBEARABLE.