Thanks for your replies, Karen and Jamiee. I really appreciate you taking the time to let me know you are thinking of me. I guess I am just going through a rough patch and I hope things will improve. Part of my problem is I had extensive water damage in my home, not from a flood but a broken toilet that spewed water from the second floor down to the basement. The damage is awful and I have to look at it every day until the insurance co. decides what to pay. I have been without my bathroom upstairs for over 2 weeks and with all my arthritis it has been a struggle. I am hoping the restoration company will start repairs next week.
Karen, carpal tunnel can be felt in the arms but usually in the front of the forearm and down to your elbow. It mainly causes problems with your hands though. Feelings of numbness, stiffness, pins and needles feelings, pain. The cortizone shots "pinch" a bit as they insert the needle in your wriste but it is definitely tolerable and well worth doing if you are in a lot of pain, which I was. I couldn't do much with my hands and I couldn't even drive so was stuck in the house a lot.
I think you can only have 3 shots a year if the pain comes back.
My hands are not perfect and will probably be this way. Hoping the pain doesn't return too soon. If they can't cure it with injections then I will have to resort to the surgery, but i will wait and see.
I hope this gives you an idea of what this problem is like.
Take care of yourself. I haven't posted in so long I hope that you are well and surviving this heat blast we are having this summer.