Patient Comments: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Symptoms and Signs

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Comment from: For my information e, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 02

I am interested in finding out what is the relevance with carpal tunnel syndrome and the toes, thighs, legs and other areas of the lower extremities. The pain in the hands and arms are moving to the feet and then back. There must be some pertinent medical reason for that type of reaction.

Comment from: NotaLefty, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 11

I also have not yet been officially diagnosed, but this website suggests it might be carpal tunnel syndrome. I recently began feeling left hand and wrist pain; pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness. And a strange symptom: If the pain will allow me to slowly make a fist, as I begin to unclench, my fingers snap open as if spring loaded. Very painful. I can no longer play guitar (can’t hold strings down) and cannot type effectively on computer keyboard. Medicine net articles are helpful with ideas for treatment and referrals.

Comment from: George Elder, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 15

I wrote a comment regarding normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH) symptoms that was published on May 31 of this year. I just stumbled on this site this morning, and read that comment. There is absolutely no recollection of writing it. The words and tone sound like my prose, but there is no recall. I request that the board monitors affix this post to that one because it might better describe what some of the symptoms are like. I am not sure that I have NPH, but I am dismayed by what is happening to me. It is frightening. There is also increasing emotional liability. But I go the Mass General hospital in September, so perhaps something can be done. As it stands, I am slip-sliding away.

Comment from: Jack W, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 29

When I received my x-ray report 5 years ago that I had severely degenerated hips and damaged knees I decided that I didn't want to go down the painkillers or replacement hip operation (yet). My hip pain has been brought under control with my own lifestyle and fitness program. This consists of mainly using an electronic massager; applying Manuka honey cream with bee venom; a balanced healthy diet including Zija daily; regular exercise and stretching in the gym and pool; correct gait (the 'FFF - feet face forward rule). The result has been no time off work, walking my dogs daily, up to 6 hours gardening at a time and showing others what to do to help themselves. My program is now written up with lots of photos. Oh yes, finally after 40 years I have now returned to playing badminton instead of tennis as there is less lateral movement involved.

Comment from: gradstudent_onlin, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 12

I am a graduate student and have had many, many papers and postings due. I began experiencing numbness and tingling at night and initially attributed this to the way I was sleeping. The progression has been fairly quick as I am now having numbness, tingling, and pain that wake me at night. I also do a lot of driving and symptoms occur while driving that make me have to use my non-affected hand to drive with. I have made a doctor's appointment but no diagnosis yet. From all of the searches and information read, it appears to be early carpal tunnel syndrome. Finding EBP (evidence-based practice) on this topic is conflicting in some ways. I will know more after I see the doctor.

Comment from: joerun, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: May 01

I was tripped by two dogs when I was at 90 percent top speed, I fell and broke 4th and 5th fingers of my right hand. I went to emergency and they put a splint cast on.

Comment from: ejubara, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 01

This information has greatly helped me to determine the exact medical situation with the feelings of numbness and tingling sensation around my right hand, now I can go to see a doctor with peace of mind. Thank you for this rewarding exercise.

Comment from: Ole, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 08

I was quite active cross-country skiing and this all came to a halt as my feet and hands ceased to function properly. I was diagnosed with neuropathy and carpal tunnel syndrome. I underwent numerous tests by a neurologist at which time surgery was performed on my wrists with some success. It's been 4 months since my last surgery and the area between my right thumb and first finger are still numb (poor grip). The left hand is still quite numb with pain although all my fingers and thumb are able to form a fist. I'm unable to grasp items without the fear of dropping them. My "pinky" does not react with the other fingers. (ex. sliding hand into a glove).

Comment from: sleighlee, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 30

I've had carpel tunnel for ten years in both hands. My right hand was the worst, but now my left hand is about 75% worthless, my thumb will not bend if it does it is most painful I’ve felt. The doctor suggested surgery, but I have not been offered any other alternatives, I’ve already do all the exercises, etc. The pain now radiates from my wrist up to my shoulder and neck.

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Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

I notice that every time I give my husband a massage my thumb starts to hurt. I had carpal tunnel when I was pregnant with my daughter. She is 3 years old now and I am 26. I also notice that every time

Comment from: Kerry, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 26

I have just found out recently that I have severe carpal tunnel and need surgery in both wrists. I have suffered for about four years and the condition has been getting worse, so I was referred and had an EMG test, which showed these results. I have always been clumsy but have really been losing my grip and have been waking up most nights with pains and tingling in both hands and had to hang them out of the bed to bring back the circulation and bring back the feeling to both hands. It is also now difficult to drive and type.

Comment from: laurski, 45-54 Female Published: September 27

The last 2-3 months my wrist thumb and basically my whole hand has been really hurting. I have been a waitress for 35 years and I think its from pouring coffee, I know that sounds weird, but I think it's true.

Comment from: marg, Female (Patient) Published: March 16

I am having tingling and numbness in my left hand.

Comment from: Pistonspapa1, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 16

About 3 years ago I had these symptoms in my right hand/arm. I finally went to the doctor and was diagnosed with carpel tunnel. Was given a brace to wear at night and it finally went away. Now it's in the left hand/arm. I have worn a brace for like 3 months and it's still here. It goes from the neck, across the shoulder blade, down my bicep, my forearm and hand. Surgery is a last resort because I know way too many people that had it and it didn't help or made it worse.

Comment from: OLIVE, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: May 24

Because of carpal tunnel syndrome my fingers feel numb with pins and needles. I keep dropping things and am in a lot of pain.

Comment from: Bill, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 03

I have been to two MD practitioners, 1 naturalist for this pain in my hand and fingers. I had great difficulty sleeping getting about 1 to 2 hours sleep after getting to a stage each evening of exhaustion. I am amazed that nothing was offered for the pain and the cause of this exhaustion. I came on here and found isobrufen can relieve the pain symptoms thus stop the exhaustion. I run my own business which includes a lot of driving and was dropping off at the wheel driving. Not one of the practitioners seemed to care about the lack of sleep caused by this rotten thing called carpal tunnel.

Comment from: Esme D, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: April 20

I have been diagnoised with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Apart from pain, numbness and tingling in the left hand, I have noticed that the finger tips of my left hand have turned blue.

Comment from: pandasue, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 22

Six years ago I was diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, underwent physical therapy and received a wrist brace for sleeping. I continue to do the exercises I've learned and use the brace with much success. I do need ibuprofen a few times a week. But I have not had to have surgery and continue to work full time. I am glad I had PT and kept up the exercises.

Comment from: cr, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 24

My hands hurt all the time but they are worse in the morning. The first 3 fingers swell in the morning. I can't grip things and I drop things easily.

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