After what I have been thorugh in the past two years I felt the need to share my experience. I was told I had bilateral carpal tunnel January 2005, was told I needed the surgery then but due to work concerns opted to put it off for a year and a half. In the meantime I splinted and had cortisone injections at the ortho office. The injections were painful going in and had to always take a couple of days off from work after getting them. My hands would be sensitive to touch and feel like the bones were broken. Doctor told me it was "normal" to have pain after injections.
Long story short had carpal tunnel release in July 2006, I've been on disability since. I have now been diagnosed with RSD and the only option left besides medications is the spinal cord stimulator. Not sure which came first carpal tunnel or RSD but surgery is at the top of the cause list and will aggravate RSD if you already have it.
You can find alot of information on RSD and it's connection to carpal tunnel by putting it in a search engine of your choice. The good thing is if it's caught early there is a good chance of putting it into remission.
I would hate to see anyone go through this....if your pain is greater than expected or having trouble recouping after surgery please look into this....I had never heard of RSD until my Physical Therapist told me about it.
Hoping for pain free days for all