Symptoms Of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome-Causes and Treatment Options
Carpal Tunnel- Painful If Not Repaired
What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Well, hopefully you haven't ever had this, but if you have, you know what I'm talking about and the pain you have with carpal tunnel syndrome. If you haven't had the pleasure, then you can read this and find ways to avoid it.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome happens when the median nerve in your wrist gets pressed or squeezed. The median nerve runs down your forearm into your wrist. So when it gets trapped, it is very painful. You will start to have tingling and other symptoms which you can read below.
Carpal Tunnel Is Extremely Painful
Carpal tunnel is extremely painful and it does make it hard to use your hands and arms without wearing out. Your forearm even hurts underneath (your ulnar nerve). One thing to remember please, if someone tells you they have carpal tunnel, don't just shrug your shoulders and say "hmm" and go on. I was like that to people when they said they had it. It was no big deal if they had carpal tunnel. Let me tell you something different. It is and it's a change of the way you have to do things also. You can't rub your husband neck or back for more than a minute, digging in your purse and getting the change out is a killer, you can't knead the dough, etc. I'm just telling you because I responded lightly to the issue when someone said they had CTS.
Signs and Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel
Please pay close attention to the symptoms of carpal tunnel. If you catch it early, you have a much better chance of the surgery working if you have to have it, or help prevent it from getting worse.
With the first signs of carpal tunnel syndrome, you will start getting a tingling feeling in the palm of your hand and especially your fingers. If you wake up in the middle of the night shaking your hand because it feel like it fell asleep and is numb, that's a sign too. Your wrist will hurt and your so will the middle and fourth finger. It is painful, not just hurt.
There is a "carpal tunnel" test you can do on yourself to see if you think you may have Carpal Tunnel. Do this trick:
Reach your hand out (like you are just being handed a check or something with your palm facing up. Now, let your wrist drop and relax. Take your other hand or have someone do it, and tap the middle of wrist (still facing up of course and relaxed). If it feels like someone just stuck your wrist in a light socket, or tingled, that's a sign you might want to get it checked out. Mine was advanced, so I had 3 carpal tunnel releases. The first two didn't work because it was so advanced, and so they tried it again on one hand.
Easing Some Pain With Carpal Tunnel
Wearing a wrist brace can help a little bit with controlling your wrist and does ease some of the pain associated with carpal tunnel. If you type for a living, Please understand that it is difficult to type with such a large brace on but you can get used to it. It really depends on you. I do suggest maybe wearing the glove.
Carpal Tunnel Surgery
Carpal Tunnel Release
How Do They Treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The treatment for carpal tunnel if advanced, is usually carpal tunnel release. You can try to have a cortisone shot directly into your wrist. That is painful, I won't lie. If it works for you, great. If it doesn't get the job done, then Carpal Tunnel Release is the next step. The orthopedic surgeon will order an EMG first to see where the damage is. They can tell if you have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome from this or just arthritis. The EMG is a little painful, but nothing major. It shocks you all up and down your arm to measure your nerves responses.
What if I choose no treatment or the treatment didn't work:
If you choose not to have any treatment or surgery for your carpal tunnel, or you had treatment and it didn't work, the answer to this is: LIVE with it. It sucks, it really does. I can't do much of anything without having to stop, especially if it involves digging in my purse, that is a killer. The pressure and twisting of my hand is rough. You won't have much strength in your hands either. But, after all the other health problems I've been through, I just tough it out. I pick and choose my battles. Sorry to be so forth coming, but it's the way it is.
Basically to sum it up for you, if you think you may have carpal tunnel, contact your orthopedic surgeon as soon as possible. You don't want to wait. Carpal tunnel, if not treated, can sometimes lead to cubital tunnel, which is a whole different ball game. Then you can have both the surgeries.
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Carpal Tunnel Information
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