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Old 05-29-2007, 05:18 PM   #1
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Ignoring Carpal Tunnel...

Is it possible or could I do more damage? I haven't gone to the dr but I am almost positive I have carpal tunnel. I use sign language on a daily basis since I am a deaf ed teacher and I spend alot of time on the computer in teh evenings, therefore; rarely giving my hands any rest.

I haven't read alot on Carpal Tunnel, but I do have alot of numbness in both arms that radiate down to my fingers. My wrists are probably teh area most affected as well as my forearm. I can rub it to try to make it feel better, but I don't have much feeling in them. I no longer can cut with scissors or use a knife to cut meat well. I have my students or parents cut things for me. Even typing...many times I don't feel my fingers as I'm pressing on the keyboard. One other bad thing, is that I use a Sidekick daily to type and sometimes have to put it down to avoid using my thumb to type or scroll to read my messages because my wrists either hurt pretty badly or they are numb.

I already have alot of health problems and don't want to add to my list so I keep ignoring the pain that I'm experiencing. I was referred to see a rheumatoid (sp?) specialists to test me for rheumatoid arthiritis. I didn't go to that appointment because I don't want to get another diagnosis of anything. I'm also only 34 years old and feel my body is failing me much faster than my mind.

 
Old 05-30-2007, 03:47 PM   #2
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Re: Ignoring Carpal Tunnel...

If it is carpal tunnel, then continuing the actions that caused it will make it worse. The pain, the lack of feeling, and the loss of ability - all are progressive and will not stop on their own.

You really ought to see a doctor about this. Who cares about one more item on a list of diagnoses, when the entire use of your hands is at stake? With my carpal tunnel, I lost the ability to tie my shoes because my fingers simply would not move in those patterns with any reliability. I would hate to see someone who relies on their finger dexterity for their living reach that point. Of course, if it is not carpal tunnel, you may be facing symptoms that act differently, my experience is mainly in carpal tunnel.

Depending on the actual diagnosis, and the severity of it, there might be easy things you can do to help your wrists heal. For instane, wearing traditional carpal tunnel wrist braces at night. Or perhaps physical therapy exercises would help. Surgery is another option.

I just had surgery for carpal tunnel and cubital elbow a couple weeks ago. It's amazing how quickly the feeling came back to my fingers! Even though I'm still healing, I'm gald I had the surgery. I'm 32 years old, and although like you I'm disappointed at how easily my body failed in this instance, I'm very glad to have the surgery out of the way while I'm still young enough to heal quickly.

 
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Old 05-31-2007, 07:11 AM   #3
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Re: Ignoring Carpal Tunnel...

Thank you for your reply. I know it is not smart to ignore the pain and symptoms that I have. I am now off for the summer so it is a good opportunity for me to just schedule an appointment to check things out.

I do wear some ace bandages already around my wrists at night because it just helps me sleep. I'm thinking I might have some kind of tendonitis, but the numbness makes me believe it could be CPS. Only a dr can tell me so I will see what I can do. I would have to schedule an appointment with my primary care physician first to give me a referral to some kind of specialists.

 
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Re: Ignoring Carpal Tunnel...

Ignoring CTS is not wise because damage will continue happening to the nerves. Nerves are not forgiving and do not reconstruct.

Best to take care of the problem now and not live in agony. There will come a time you will not be able to live with the misery. Why not take care of it before CTS damages the nerves permanently.

 
Old 05-31-2007, 10:31 AM   #5
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Re: Ignoring Carpal Tunnel...

pdecker, I'm glad you've decided to consult a doctor. I'd encourage you to do it quickly - it took me from January to May to go from my first pdoc appointment to the specialist to testing to back to the specialist and then to surgery. That's five months! And I still have to finish healing from the surgery.

If you are hoping to have your symptoms diagnosed (and possibly treated) during summer break, I'd get a move on. Hopefully your doctors won't have as long a waiting list as mine did!

One note about the carpal tunnel wrist braces - they are designed to hold your wrist in a particular position that I doubt you're getting with the ace bandage. The braces are only about $10 at WalMart, and you can even open the package in the store to be sure it fits. That way you can tell if the ace bandages are holding your wrist in the position that will give maximum relief, or if you might be better off with the specially designed carpal tunnel wrist braces.

 
Old 05-31-2007, 02:31 PM   #6
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Is it possible or could I do more damage? I haven't gone to the dr but I am almost positive I have carpal tunnel. I use sign language on a daily basis since I am a deaf ed teacher and I spend alot of time on the computer in teh evenings, therefore; rarely giving my hands any rest.

I haven't read alot on Carpal Tunnel, but I do have alot of numbness in both arms that radiate down to my fingers. My wrists are probably teh area most affected as well as my forearm. I can rub it to try to make it feel better, but I don't have much feeling in them. I no longer can cut with scissors or use a knife to cut meat well. I have my students or parents cut things for me. Even typing...many times I don't feel my fingers as I'm pressing on the keyboard. One other bad thing, is that I use a Sidekick daily to type and sometimes have to put it down to avoid using my thumb to type or scroll to read my messages because my wrists either hurt pretty badly or they are numb.

I already have alot of health problems and don't want to add to my list so I keep ignoring the pain that I'm experiencing. I was referred to see a rheumatoid (sp?) specialists to test me for rheumatoid arthiritis. I didn't go to that appointment because I don't want to get another diagnosis of anything. I'm also only 34 years old and feel my body is failing me much faster than my mind.

 
Old 06-01-2007, 05:41 PM   #7
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Re: Ignoring Carpal Tunnel...

Hey there

I'm all about being pain-free so I would suggest going to a doctor as well. I don't like going to doctors either but I can tell you, without treatment, it will only worsen and since you sign, I don't think there's another answer here.

However, when you do go to the doctors, depending upon the severity of the CTS, ask him/her about seeing a massage therapist prior to agreeing to surgery.
They are known to help CTS & RSI and possibly preventing the need for surgery.

Good luck with whatever you decide!

 
Old 06-21-2007, 09:52 PM   #8
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Re: Ignoring Carpal Tunnel...

is it possible for the carpal tunnel pain to climb up your arms and into your shoulders and neck? i didn't get my cts checked out, now my thumb is completely numb when i write, but if i dont stop writing within 5 minutes, my neck and shoulders SCREAM with pain.

does this have anything to do with cts?

 
Old 07-07-2007, 02:42 AM   #9
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Re: Ignoring Carpal Tunnel...

Hi All,

I have been suffering with hand pain and numbness, gradually getting worse
over the last few years. About 8 months ago i went to a hand surgeon, prepared to have surgery. This was after a neurologist and an orthopedist
both told me I have CTS, I already had EMG's, and an MRI of the neck. The hand surgeon sent me for another EMG. Apparently that one showed deficits in many sensory nerves in my arms, not just the hands. So the surgeon says he can't help me because it could be some other disease process. This week I went for blood tests, (no results yet), and I'm seeing a new neurologist in two weeks. I have another neurological problem which affects my feet/legs, called Transverse Myelitis that has been going on for 20 years. I personally believe that I do have carpal tunnel syndrome from typing and from a fall I took on my hands about 3 years ago. Needless to say I am getting frustrated and panicky from the progressive numbness. I'm having trouble tying my shoelaces and buttoning my shirts, and it's scary.
I use a soft wraparound wrist brace at night that I alternate left and right. Can anyone offer me any advice or suggestions? Is it uncommon to have damage in other arm nerves with CTS?
Thanks All,
photo2010

Last edited by photo2010; 07-07-2007 at 02:46 AM.

 
Old 07-08-2007, 09:27 PM   #10
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Re: Ignoring Carpal Tunnel...

photo2010,,,I just had surgery a couple weeks ago.it is possible to have nerve damage in your elbow,that radiates up to your shoulder and neck.I would get something more than a soft brace to wear at night.A soft brace can't keep your hand and wrist in a not bent position through the night.Did you go for a second opinion since the other surgeon want do it?
Well I hope everything goes well. Turbotoy

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