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Carpal Tunnel - RSD- How far can it go??? Has anyone heard of it travelling all the way up to the neck?

Carpal Tunnel - RSD- How far can it go??? Has anyone heard of it travelling all the way up to the neck?

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Posted by Christine on December 17, 2000 at 17:16:47:

I was diagnosed with carpal tunnel in April of 98 and had the decompression surgery in October of 98, at the follow up exam with the surgeon who did the surgery I had an onset of severe neck pain (so bad that I had gone to the hospital the night before thinking I had broke my neck) I had zero range of motion. I also lost the range of motion in my wrist, I could bend it forwards, but not backwards (I still can't... no pushups for me..) Anyways, since then I have tested positive on an EMG for severe carpal tunnel again and also have been diagnosed with RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) which is caused by carpal tunnel. I was wondering if anyone else out there has had any similar problems resulting from carpal tunnel and if it is possible for the carpal tunnel to not just affect the wrist and hand, but affect the entire arm and the neck. (really bad in the shoulder) I am on a lot of drugs for this, and they say it may be permanant, but I am looking for some answers as to how this happened and what I should do... Any advice at all would be greatly appreciated!!! And how does RSD fit into this puzzle???? Is it the RSD in my arm, or the carpal tunnel... Workmans Compensation has accepted my claim for the carpal tunnel, but has denied the claim for the RSD which seems to be a much bigger problem... I have a NEL appointment next week for Workmans Comp and would like to walk into the appointment with more knowledge than what I have.. (I am a bit lost right now) Oh, and I seem to have a problem with my eyes going squirely.... I try to look forward and one eye will sometimes look another way.. Is this from the drugs (Percocet, dilaudid, valium, zoloft, benzaprine) or RSD.


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