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"
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.
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.