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trteatment for carple tunnel sx

By December 30, 2010 - 9:02pm

i have been diagnosed for 5 yrs.am doing fairly well,but do have carple tunnel dx,the pain gets rough sometimes.am considering surgery.has anyone had this problem and how did you treat it?

By April 19, 2011 - 9:12pm

In answer to rmckt01:-
I am 61 years of age - I have RA and Fibromyalgia and a number of other conditions - I had Carpal Tunnel surgery back in 1976, on both hands. The extreme pain and discomfort I experienced prior to this surgery was horrendous - I could not sleep, could not find anywhere to "Put" my hands at night. They were so sore I had to stop doing a lot of things. The surgery was done here in Australia, and was very successful - it took a while to get over it, as I had very little support during the recovery from my (then) husband so found it incredibly difficult to manage with both hands out of action - but the results were worth it. I cannot speak for you, as I do not know whether it will help you at all, but it did help me. As I am now taking Sulfasalazine for RA, it has been really beneficial. I no longer take an hour to get out of bed, the terrible stiffening has lessened a great deal. I am so tired, though - which may be from the RA and/or Fibromyalgia, I don't know - but exhaustion defeats me. I find that sleeping during the day, "Granny-napping" is essential, and keeping off my feet, both these are vital. If I am too tired, the pain and stiffness overwhelms me, in spite of the medication I take. Good luck!

April 19, 2011 - 9:12pm
By HERWriter Guide February 13, 2011 - 3:15pm

Hi rmckt01

Firstly, I'd like to apologize for our lack of response. On rare occasions, a question slips through us.

Many of us suffer from carpel tunnel due to our work and it is indeed a really painful condition. At times my hand and wrist alternatively burns or goes numb (or an odd combination of both) and it's very uncomfortable.

In terms of treatment for this condition:
It is important to correct whatever is causing the carpal tunnel syndrome. Sometimes making simple changes in your workplace or home may help relieve symptoms.

Treatment may also include:

Rest, Ice, Elevation, and Exercises
■Rest the wrist by keeping it straight and decreasing activities that worsen pain
■Gently apply ice packs to the area
■Elevate the hand above the heart to reduce swelling
■Do exercises as directed by your healthcare provider
A Wrist Splint
A splint will prevent extreme movements of the wrist. It's most effective when worn at night and can help avoid waking up with symptoms.

■Pain relievers like aspirin or ibuprofen
■Injection of cortisone into the carpal tunnel
Surgery may be needed if symptoms are severe or continue after trying other treatments. The most common procedure is the carpal tunnel release .

To read all about carpal tunnel release surgery including some helpful diagrams, click here: http://www.empowher.com/media/reference/carpal-tunnel-release

I don't know of anyone who has had this surgery but hopefully some readers with experience have and will let you know how it went for them. In the meantime, read all about carpal tunnel here: http://www.empowher.com/condition/carpal-tunnel-syndrome

Have you talked with your doctor about surgery and how it could work for you?

February 13, 2011 - 3:15pm

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