carpel tunnel on the bad side

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   Posted 2/21/2007 12:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been very uncomfortable using the mouse at home when using my laptop in bed.  my right hand gets cold and hurts.  I just got a brace for it last night, it still got cold last night, so I don't know if I have to wait or what for an effect.  I'm seeing my onc this evening for a follow up.  It's on the side I had the node out on.
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   Posted 2/21/2007 5:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Carpal Tunnel syndrome is the result of repetitive use of the arm/ wrist/ shoulder. It takes a while for the effects to accumulate and cause the swelling and compression of the nerve. It takes a while for the swelling to reduce, so doubtful that the improvement will be immediate.

An onc is not the one to see for CTS, I'd start with the PCP and ask about a routine of advil or other anti-inflammatory. You might also consider making changes to provide more support of the arm/ wrist, less mouse movement and at a desk. I use a brace sometimes at work if my wrist seems sore or weak.

Good luck,

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   Posted 2/21/2007 6:23 PM (GMT -6)   

I have carpal tunnel too and mine comes and goes, it is worst when I have spent alot of time on the computer. I do alot of typing at work and it gets to be bad some times. I wear the brace for awhile and it settles down again. You can have surgery for it but I have known people that had it and did not get the relief they wanted. The best thing to do is not use that arm for awhile........easy said huh?


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   Posted 2/22/2007 11:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Ellen and others,

I had surgery on my non surgery side a few years ago but had some symptoms with my surgery side last winter and talked to my orthopedic doctor about them. He recommended taking Vitamin B6 and doing some hand exercises. Amazingly they did the trick. I still have some slight symptoms occasionally, but try to do the excercises and start taking the Vitamin B6 when it gets to bothering me and it really does help. My daughter was complaining a couple months ago of having symptoms of CTS and I told her about the B6 and exercises. She immediately went out and bought some B6 and by the end of a couple weeks she was feeling much much better even WITHOUT the exercises!!! It is worth a try if you are having any CT symptoms. Hope that this information helps those of you that are being bothered with CTS.

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