Carpal Tunnel? Really?

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Acheybody
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   Posted 4/6/2011 10:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh, I'm so bummed!  One thing I could do is type!  Now I'm having to curtail that quite a bit.  Haven't been to a doctor for this, but looked it up enough to know that it could get bad if I keep this up. 
 
So I probably won't be on here as much, at least for awhile. 
 
ARRGGHH!
 
Debbie
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   Posted 4/6/2011 12:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes typing can aggravate it. I also have CT. I was advised to wear wrist braces at night and if it acts up during the day to use it then too.
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   Posted 4/6/2011 2:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Debby, I was having problems with both wrists a while back from cleaning horse stalls. It was from repetition and I thought CT but it was the begining of tendonitis. My chiro had me wear wrist braces ONLY when cleaning stalls as he really doesn't believe in them). It worked, I actually went through 2 of them. They were about 17.00 at the chain drug store. The symptoms are a lot alike. It is worth a try. Maybe a cheap fix and no doctor appt.
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   Posted 4/6/2011 3:21 PM (GMT -6)   
hey Deb the wrist braces do help, I used to have to wear them at night. I did stop typing for awhile too and my carpal tunnel went away on its own. The thing for me though is I was also a cashier so at the time the only thing I could give up was the typing. Or like Denise said maybe the wrist braces can help.
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MeGoSun
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   Posted 4/6/2011 4:03 PM (GMT -6)   
When I went to physical therapy I was told to lightly push my finger tips back, all at once, and this would help.
It does seem to help some.
Just thought I'd share.
Of course the Dr still isn't sure I have CP. lol
I'm going to tell my Dr to set up for the tests so I can figure out what's going on the one of my pinky fingers and side of hand.
Oh well.
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   Posted 4/7/2011 1:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Deb,

You do want to get that checked out to see if it's CT or not. If it is and you don't do some form of treatment you can do permanent damage to the median nerve and lose feeling in your fingers and hand. I had to have surgery on both wrists and it really was easy. Took a while to get the strength back in my hands afterwords but I should have done it sooner. Luckily I had no lasting damage.

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Acheybody
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   Posted 4/7/2011 8:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Hmmm, the consensus seems to be that I should check it out. For once, I wasn't thinking that way, since it comes and goes...what kind of doctor deals with this, an orthopedist?

Thanks for the good-sense advice! Appreciate it.

Debbie
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Red_34
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   Posted 4/7/2011 8:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I saw an Orthopedic doctor that specializes in the hands.
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   Posted 4/7/2011 8:53 AM (GMT -6)   
My husband has carpal tunnel in both hands and was told by the doctor that he should wear the wrist braces at night while sleeping, or if driving long distances. He told him that he did not recommend the surgery because it is only a 50-50 that it will even work. Some get relief, some do not. For him, so far so good.

I have the side of hand, pinky numbness but it only happens if I hold onto the mouse too long. I just shake it off and keep going. I chalk it up to fibro.
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Acheybody
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   Posted 4/7/2011 10:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't have pinky numbness, just thumb and index finger (and the area between them) PAIN....bad pain to where I can't even hold a pen or a can of food. It's like a charleyhorse, spasm type of feeling when it comes.

It's only happened a couple of times, the other day I went to a rally and held a posterboard sign with my hands (using that same area) for about half an hour in the cold, and that's what brought it on. By the time I went to bed, it was almost gone.

Actually, I guess that area is a little achey off and on in general, but you know how it is - you tune out the vague pain because it's trying to compete with stronger pain for your attention!

Debbie
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Nana Monster
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   Posted 4/8/2011 9:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Achey and all with carpel tunnel. Just me again with my herbal advice. I have problems with
my wrists on occasion as my jobs have been very repetitive (factory work, unloading dishes, etc).
I was lucky enough in my readings to come across an article written by a dr on this problem. He
treated his patients with Vit E. Start with 400 IU and work up to at least 1600 IU. He only had to
operate on a few patients. From experience, this helps tremendously. I knit, crochet and do other
stuff with my hands all the time and when they start to ache I go right back on the E treatment.
Good Luck and I hope this helps you.
Nana Monster

Acheybody
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   Posted 4/8/2011 11:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Nana...it's sure worth a try. And can't hurt!

Debbie
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Deb25
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   Posted 4/9/2011 7:13 AM (GMT -6)   
These doctors never have the same advice.  I have carpal tunnel in both hands, inoperable they tell me.  I have braces, have had them for 13 yrs I think.  I have a terrible time driving with them on and the tech who fitted me for the 2nd pair a few years ago said to NEVER drive with them on.  If you were to get in an accident, you could be sued for driving with the braces, which can interfere with your mobility.  I never thought about it before he told me that.  When I first got the braces I was told to wear them 24 hours a day for 3 weeks...now that was rough.
 
Now though, I only wear them when I am having a nasty flare.  I take B12 for my neuropathy and as long as my B12 levels are good, my carpal tunnel is quiet, thankfully.
 
My son had carpal tunnel surgery and says it's great, really helped him.  I have another friend whom had both hands done, he was very happy too.  there is always good and bad with every ailment! sad

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   Posted 4/9/2011 10:17 AM (GMT -6)   
It is funny how doctors advice varies so much from state to state and illness to illness. I guess its because everyone experiences everything so differently.

I wonder if b-12 would help my husband and his carpal tunnel? We will have to try it out and see.
Denita
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