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    Old 11-19-2015, 10:56 AM   #1
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    Carpal Tunnel at 24?

    Hi Everyone,

    I have been experiencing numbness, tingling and weakness in my left wrist. It feels like it is warm when it isn't.

    I was a waitress for 3 years and used my left wrist to hold trays. After waitressing I became a bartender (currently going on 2 years) where I throw bottles around using both my left and right hands/ wrists and I am also a full-time marketing coordinator (currently going on 2 years) so I am constantly on a computer typing all day long. I work between 70-80 hours a week between my bartending and desk jobs.

    Even though I know I use my wrists a lot I am only 24 years old. How can I already have symptoms of carpal tunnel? Is it possible it's something else? Also, my left wrist is not my dominate hand - so that confuses me too.

    Thanks for the help.

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    Old 11-24-2015, 04:30 PM   #2
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    Re: Carpal Tunnel at 24?

    don't want to be the bearer of bad news but it is possible. a friend of mine got carpal tunnel awhile ago and he's only 23 years old. i believe that it is from all the video games he played. he wanted to join the police academy but he was rejected due to the syndrome. Now, he's currently going through some physical therapy but not sure how that is going because we havent caught up for a while. i think you should ask your physician

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    Old 12-13-2015, 08:24 AM   #3
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    Re: Carpal Tunnel at 24?

    It's possible that you might have a nerve that is being pinched by your spine. It sounds crazy, but the nerves run all through our body and it could cause that specific nerve in your left hand to go numb and tingle like that. A chiropractor could help. Usually they suggest "traction" and they adjust you.

    Also if you overwork your hands you could be depleting the collagen that is used to cushion your joints and keep your ligaments and tendons strong. Our bodies naturally produce collagen, but if you overwork them then it doesn't have time to recover so they go into "survival mode" which usually means the tendons or ligaments swell and cause pain.

    My mom would have a lot of pain in her hands. They would cramp up and she had to take Aleve every day. Finally I got fed up with seeing her in pain and I did a ton of research and found out that she had De Quervain's Syndrome. To help my mom, I was able to find a collagen pill that helped replenish the collagen she was losing. It's called Super Collagen+C (Type 1 & 3) and I got it from the GNC store. The bottle recommends 3 tablets twice a day, which I know seems excessive, but to start the process of getting the collagen back strong in her body we had do that. I had my mom do this for a month and then I told her to take one less pill each week. She was eventually able to wean herself down to around 3 or 4 pills a day... whatever she felt made her hands stay feeling good. Also if she plans to do any excessive yard work or such she'll take an extra pill before doing that to help.

    I'd always check with my doctor before taking any pills though. I just wanted to give you a couple ideas to hopefully help you figure out what's going on.

    Hope you find the answers you're looking for. Take care and God bless

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    Old 12-30-2015, 10:25 AM   #4
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    Re: Carpal Tunnel at 24?

    Repetitive motion of your left hand (wrist), and it sounds like you have alot of that, can cause Carpal Tunnel. Endoscopic surgery can be done as an outpatient. I had to have both wrists done...the left only one surgery (endoscopic), but the right, which I had allowed to go untreated for 7 years, did not resolve with the endoscopic procedure and then required the older method of 2 inch incision also. Recovery went very well and my Carpal Tunnel issues have never returned. Age has nothing to do with's the abuse of the repetitive motion of the wrist that causes the problem. The doctor tried me on physical therapy first and also tried cortisone injections into the wrists. Neither of these helped the pain, numbness, etc. Of course a doctor, who is a hand specialist, would be able to tell you for certain if it's Carpal Tunnel. Take care and let us know.

    Old 01-22-2016, 06:07 AM   #5
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    Re: Carpal Tunnel at 24?

    I heard of a girl who was only 16 but sent and received 4,000 text messages per month. She had carpal tunnel and had to have surgery. So age has nothing to do with it.

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