Carpal Tunnel anyone

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alaskabound
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   Posted 7/22/2010 2:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I had my EMG today and it was very bad on my right arm so bad infact the Neuro doc said I need surgery very soon. Is there anyway my RA caused this or are the two conected in any way??? The doc also ordered pt/ot for my neck and arms since I have 3 bulging disc in my neck.  Will I have to come off my RA meds for surgery? If anyone has any experience with carpal tunnel I would love any info.
Thanks smilewinkgrin
PCOS
Hypothyroidism
DDD & Bulging disc in C4,5,6
Rheumatoid Arthritis
 
Numbness in arms/hands, joint pain & swelling arms/hands/ankles/knees, fatigue, dizziness, headaches, hair loss, dry mouth, rash arms, livedo reticularis
 
Medications:
MVI
B-complex
Synthroid
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Nana Monster
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   Posted 7/22/2010 5:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm not sure if it's the beginnings of carpal or not but Vit E is the thing I use for the pain in my wrist. A long time ago
I read an article by a dr who treated his patients with Vit E and only had to do surgery on a couple of them. You
start out with 400 IU and work up to 1600 IU. This works for me and the pain diminishes in a few days. I don't let it
get too bad before I start it now as I know what will happen if I put it off.

Nana Monster

elcamino
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   Posted 7/23/2010 7:05 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Alaskabound,

I also have trouble with carpal tunnel.  Also had trouble with tarsal tunnel (feet) and cubital tunnel (elbows).  These nerve syndromes can, in fact, be caused by the inflammation associated with RA, Lupus, and other associated connective tissue disease.  Once my meds (methotrexate and enbrel) took effect, the nerve problems lessened.  They are not gone, but once the inflammation is under control, they do get better.  When the carpal tunnel gets worse, I will wear wrist splints for a while (usually at night) and it does help.  The only problem is that they are so awkward that I can't really do anything with my hands when I have them on (hence, I don't wear them during the day, typically).  I'm fortunate in that my symptoms are relatively mild (except before meds); since your problem is bad enough to require surgery, I would definitely consult with a doctor.  Splints may not help you much at this point?

I hope you feel better soon,

El


Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suspected dx: UCTD/Lupus
Current Meds: Enbrel, Methotrexate, nexium, tramadol, nasonex, Nifedipine, Folic Acid, Tylenol PM


caringbuddy
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   Posted 7/25/2010 7:09 AM (GMT -7)   
I had needless surgery for carpal tunnel. This is what I did first when the pain first started. Of course the pain went to other joints and I was finally tested for RA. My RA & Lupus numbers were very high. I learned that RA does inflame the carpal and tarsal tunnel nerves. Once I went on meds and before I had the second surgery on my other hand, everything calmed down. Also, surgery does not help since when I get a flare, both hands are affected.

JayBespoke
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   Posted 7/31/2010 3:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I had carpal severely before I received a formal diagnosis/treatment for Arthritis. Almost constantly had a totally numb hand, fortunately, after starting MTX, this disappeared in a few months.
21, Male, England.
Dx: Psoriatic Arthritis, Chronic Back Pain, Dyspraxia
Rx: 25mg Methotrexate Sub-Cut Injection & 50mg Etanercept (Enbrel) Sub-Cut Injection

Oh, and plenty of Tramadol, Codeine, Diclofenac, Diphenhydramide, Paracetamol, and SCOTCH.

alaskabound
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   Posted 8/1/2010 7:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for all the replies. I see my rheum doc tuesday so I wil talk with her abouth that. I do have an app with a surgeon on wednesday. I'm not really sure what to do now. The numbess is horrible, but I'm wondering when I get on some good meds if it will go away? We'll see this week.
PCOS
Hypothyroidism
DDD & Bulging disc in C4,5,6
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Carpal Tunnel
 
Numbness in arms/hands, joint pain & swelling arms/hands/ankles/knees, fatigue, dizziness, headaches, hair loss, dry mouth, rash arms, livedo reticularis
 
Medications:
MVI
B-complex
Synthroid
Flexeril
Sleep-In
Prednisone x12 days

JayBespoke
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   Posted 8/1/2010 4:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Put your hands flat together, then pull downloads so your hands bend 90 degrees backwards from your arms. Hold for about 10s, and repeat a few times. Relieves pressure for a while and did me wonders.

Demo: http://www.health.com/health/static/hw/media/medical/hw/h9991357_003.jpg
21, Male, England.
Dx: Psoriatic Arthritis, Chronic Back Pain, Dyspraxia
Rx: 25mg Methotrexate Sub-Cut Injection & 50mg Etanercept (Enbrel) Sub-Cut Injection

Oh, and plenty of Tramadol, Codeine, Diclofenac, Diphenhydramide, Paracetamol, and SCOTCH.

golitho
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   Posted 8/1/2010 11:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with the other replies. I was also diagnosed with carpel tunnel in need of surgery but methotrexate and splints worked wonders fo me. I only get numb hands occassionally now after having total numbness for over 3 months in the start. Explore the meds and splints before agreeing to surgery.

Goodluck, golitho

SmurfyShadow
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   Posted 8/9/2010 7:09 PM (GMT -7)   
caringbuddy said...
I had needless surgery for carpal tunnel. This is what I did first when the pain first started. Of course the pain went to other joints and I was finally tested for RA. My RA & Lupus numbers were very high. I learned that RA does inflame the carpal and tarsal tunnel nerves. Once I went on meds and before I had the second surgery on my other hand, everything calmed down. Also, surgery does not help since when I get a flare, both hands are affected.
 
 
Carpal Tunnel sugery in 90% cases is useless, no relief, and worse pain. Deep thought should be taken before surgery. They wont tell you things like how many people surgery did not work for, what the cons are unless you ask. Some you can tell by a stall in the voice that they do not even know the answer. I personally have carpal tunnel, not interested in surgery, and use a wrist brace properly fitted from a med supply store for my carpal tunnel.

 
Smurfy Shadow/Desirèe 
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Medications:  Tri Nessa, Percocet, Metformin, Prednisone, Cingulair, Albuterol, Pro-Air, Morphine, Rolaids, Zofran, Compuzeen, Refresh Plus Eye Drops, Percocet, Immuran, Alvesco, Allerga, Gabapentin, Visteral  PRN: Epi-Pen, Albuterol Nebulizer, Benedryl Undergoing Chemotherapy Taking Lorazepam (Ativan) For MRIs and Anxiety, Surpressed Immune Sytem

wearyRAsufferer
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   Posted 8/10/2010 10:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree- try the meds. You can always have surgery if necessary but if you find relief with meds- wonderful!

southerndiva
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   Posted 8/10/2010 11:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey there Alaskabound,
I'm normally on the lupus thread but I happened to see your question in the RA category and wanted to chime in.  I was pretty much diagnosed with lupus and carpal tunnel at the same time and the carpal tunnel just about drove me bananas.  My rhuemy had put me on neurontin to try and help me get some sleep but it just took the edge off and really didn't fix the problem.  Well, I have been seeing a orthopaedist that is a hand specialist and my rhuemy is fine with that (at first she didn't until she found out that he was a specialist and that she knew him as well and said he is an expert in his field of course).  Well, he explained to me that while I am trying to get my chronic condition in check that it was still important for me to treat the symptoms of the carpal tunnel to stop putting my body through all of the stress of no sleep and daily inflammation.  What he does is inject my hands with a steroid at the carpal tunnel sight to alleviate the inflammation.  It was explained that the steroid stays pretty much locally in the hands and does not effect the entire body like when I take the prednisone.  I can get this done about every 3 months safely if I need to.  The last time I had it done was in April and I have not had any symptoms since, but prior to that I had been getting the injections for about a year and half.  He told me that I would be the one to tell him when I wanted surgery, he would never force it on me.  Well, it's been a godsend and whenever he injects me I can back off many of my other medicines that provide me with relief from inflammation.  I seem to have most of my problems in my hands and in the knees when I flare.  As long as I have this alternative, I would rather do this then add another drug into the picture that will affect the entire body.  Steroids as we all know have there side effects, but so do all the other drugs and you have to determine whether or not to weigh the risks, versus the quality of your life.  I hope this information helps you in anyway.  Good Luck!
Hugs and Angels,
Lynnette
 
DX - sle and carpal tunnel syndrome
RX - plaquenil, prednisone, lisiniprol, darvocet when needed, cenestin and prometrium and daily vitamins

mama6
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   Posted 8/11/2010 6:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I have not heard of the surgery going well for many people that I know have had it. i would consider trying the medicine first. Give it some time to help. Good luck and i hope you feel better. Gentle Hugs, Heather :-)
Big Hugs, Mama6

DX. with Fibromyalgia, Narcolepsy, Poss. RA or Psoratic Arthritis, Herniated disc 3x in last 7 months
Meds: Nuvigl, Cymbalta, Tramadol

Mother to 5 wonderfull kids. Oldest is 18 and just left the nest for animation school. Youngest just started 2nd grade. So I am crazy, and feeling my age plus some.
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