type 1 with carpal tunnel syndrome - any others?

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LanieG
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   Posted 6/19/2008 11:06 AM (GMT -7)   

  jdub-sugarub said:  "in denial-the same thing is happening to me!! although i have no pain in my feet (which is where neuropathy starts) i have tingling, sleepy, achy hands most mornings and now throughout the day. i shouldn't even be typing!! the pain shoots up my arms and has become debilitating. i wear braces when i sleep which helps alot. it is carpal tunnel syndrome and i am only twenty four!! i have been a juvenile diabetic since i was four years old and i hate it and need to talk to someone about it. i have been recently having trouble and am very scared. have you read anythign on the link b/t carpal tunnel and diabetes? it is very strong. please reply"

 


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JustMeAndYou
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   Posted 6/19/2008 2:01 PM (GMT -7)   

I too have type 1 diabetes (since 1983 so that's 25 years) and am 35 now.  I have diagnosed carpel tunnel in both wrists.  Unfortuantely, we long-term diabetics are very prone to nerve disfunction (not just in the feet) and this is one of those things.  Our nerves injure more easily than others and are much slower to heal, if at all. 

I type and sleep with a splint on both hands to keep them from flexing and it helps, as does Advil when it is really bad.  Have you had a nerve conduction test done to confirm?  They may recommend surgery to fix it if it's interferring in your abilty to work or function.


tangerine bear
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   Posted 6/20/2008 10:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jdub,

All this just started with me, but it's come on fast. Although I have some pain in my feet, and tingling once in a while, my hands and arms are feeling numb all day. I work on a computer and play on one at home way too much... I've started wearing gloves to bed some nights just to tolerate the discomfort. I saw my doc yesterday and she said it's beginning stages of neuropathy... I think it might be a bit of carpal tunnel myself. It seems to have gotten worse since I've been exercising a lot more. Let us know how you're doing.

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Woody
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   Posted 6/24/2008 12:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I have neuropathy very bad in fact. Mine did start in my hands although they say (the doc's) that it is suposed to start in the feet. I think possible that the hands are more sensitive and that is why we feel it there first. It could have been starting in my feet, but I realy was bothered worse in my hands. My neuropathy is always worse after I excersize which is a bummer because excersize is what keeps my diabetes in control which keeps everything healthy. Hang in there, but I would seriously look at neuropathy more of a chance than carpotunnel.

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tangerine bear
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   Posted 6/24/2008 8:56 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Woody,

Thanks for the input! Your experience is EXACTLY what I'm experiencing, and I agree... it's MUCH worse than the feet. Also, much worse after exercise, but I can't and won't stop. It helps us all to know we're not alone.

(((hugs)))

bear


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Finicky
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   Posted 6/28/2008 2:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm type 1 with carpal tunnel also. I have typed for a living for all my life but now have to change occupations due to the carpal tunnel. Most important thing to do is keep your sugars in check - you either need to stop doing what aggravates the carpal tunnel (typing) and/or look into surgery. Good luck.
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