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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

(10 Posts)
MurderOfGoths Sat 20-Oct-12 22:06:19

So the doctor suspects I have carpal tunnel, in both arms. Shooting pain from my fingers up to my elbows all day long.

So while I wait for my physio appointment to come through, has anyone found anything that helps? I'm already taking Diclofenac and Co-Codamol for other pain, but I've been on them so long that they have little to no effect now.

CMOTDibbler Sat 20-Oct-12 22:10:03

Splints - takes the pressure off your median nerve. And you can try rubbing ibuprofen gel onto the inside of your wrists to help the swelling

Piffpaffpoff Sat 20-Oct-12 22:11:02

Have you tried wrist splints? They helped me when I had it post-DS1. You should be able to get them on prescription or, if not, any pharmacy or on-line.

Hope you see an improvement soon.

MurderOfGoths Sat 20-Oct-12 22:20:05

I have tried them, but they didn't help much. The doctor did say she thought the physio would fit splints for me properly

MousyMouse Sat 20-Oct-12 22:25:02

splints and warmth and rest(!) help.
it's just so difficult and a vicious cycle beause you needs your arms/fingers for bloody everything.

steroid injections also help to kick-start self healing, but again for that you need rest. no lifting, no typing...

MurderOfGoths Sat 20-Oct-12 22:36:05

"no typing..."

Gah!! But but but.. how do I MN then? <sobs>

MousyMouse Sat 20-Oct-12 22:39:16

if it's both arms, maybe arms can be treated separately? so you can still mn

Baskets45 Sun 21-Oct-12 19:32:59

Have you had thyroid function checked? I had crippling pain for years till was eventually treated for underactive thyroid, and it gradually faded. CTS type pain is a textbook symptom of hypothyroidism, but sadly not recognised by all GPs IME.

MurderOfGoths Sun 21-Oct-12 19:34:16

No, I haven't. Just a referral to the physio.

bonnieslilsister Mon 22-Oct-12 12:58:33

I had acupuncture really good result from it. Eventually had surgery. The acupuncture works best when symptoms are not too severe.

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