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Re: Negative NCS and still Carpal Tunnel??

Re: Negative NCS and still Carpal Tunnel??

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Posted by Bill Miller on May 17, 2000 at 17:43:49:

In Reply to: Negative NCS and still Carpal Tunnel?? posted by Kelly on May 12, 2000 at 14:35:42:

: Have any of you ever heard of having a clear Nerve Conduction Study and still being diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel? I have all of the Carpal Tunnel symptoms...pain that woke me up at night, stiff hand, pain in wrist and forearm, tingling in fingers... My doctor ordered a NCS, which came back negative. Could I still have Carpal Tunnel or is it definitely something else?
Yes Kelly, it is completely possible that nerve conduction tests are not accurately reflecting the degree of nerve impingement. I just had the procedure performed a month ago today and my surgeon explained that symptoms are often more telling than the various diagnosics. I have had C.T scans, MRI's, nerve condution.... The procedure itself indicated what the surgeon described as a definite compression of the nerve. I had also been diagnosed with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Reynauds. All pretty scary stuff for a musician. It's to early to tell what the full effect, positive of negative the surgery will have but I am experiencing incremental improvement on a daily basis. Good Luck, Bill



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