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Steroid injections for carpel tunnel

(12 Posts)
whoamiiam Fri 17-May-13 06:25:21

Has anyone had carpel tunnel and had it sufficiently cured/eased with just the injections and no op?

bulletproofgerbil Fri 17-May-13 12:27:31

The lady I care for had 2 injections, but it didn't do the trick and she had the op. It's such a simple op and I really think the trying the steroid injection first is a money saving thing. It needs to be done by someone who knows exactly where they are supposed to place the injection or its a waste of time.

Reckon it's worth trying but if it doesn't do the trick the first time I'd not agree to a second. Hope it works for you if you do go ahead. Carpel tunnel sounds really miserable.

whoamiiam Fri 17-May-13 13:31:12

Thanks for reply. I'm just finding it very hard to sleep with it!

From what I'm seeing injections don't seem to have great success. Would like to avoid op as am lone parent of toddler dc so really need full working hands lol!

Do you know if they offer any physio or something before injections and operation? Am trying to get hold of clinic I've been referred to to find.

bulletproofgerbil Fri 17-May-13 17:34:12

You poor thing. It seems to cause most problems in the night from what I understand - dangling the hand downwards over the side of the bed is the only way the pain seems to lessen.

I really do think this injection option is a money saving tactic because the op is simple and quick and doesn't involve a GA or anything. I'm not sure about physio. I can see your problem re an op if you have very young dc. Is there anyone who could come and help out for a week or so if you did go ahead?

MousyMouse Fri 17-May-13 17:38:41

I had the injection and it worked.
however, for it to work you need complete rest for a while or it will just come back.
no typing, carrying, volleyball, horseriding...

imtheonlyone Fri 17-May-13 17:39:21

Funnily enough I've just noticed that mine is returning hmm. I had the steroid injections in December and I'm starting to feel it coming back with a vengeance now. When I had it done, the doctor said that for some people it can provide relief for well over a year and others not ... So it's all a bit wishy washy and not clear at all. I found it quite painful for a few days after as well - very stiff so got worse before it got better. I have to say, it was a mighty relief when it kicked in and was working. Was only this morning that I really noticed that its started again whilst I'm driving .... If yours is bad I would defo recommend you do something - I can see how the op could be a pain but clearly a more long term remedy.

BrokenBananaTantrum Fri 17-May-13 17:42:55

I had one lot of steroid injections for CTS and the pain was horrendous after for about 3 days. Really really bad. When the intial pain wore off it lasted for about 3 months. I find a splint at night the best option for managing mine.

Tapirbackrider Sat 18-May-13 16:31:16

I've had two sets of injections; my gp is now pushing me to have a third set and to go on the waiting list for the op, but I've just started a new job and can't take the time off.

I'm unable to take any time off for the injections either, so am currently managing things with splints at night and strong anti-inflammatory drugs. It makes it bearable, but I am well aware I will eventually have to get it sorted surgically.

There are videos of useful exercises on youtube - I've found them useful at keeping my hands mobile.

whoamiiam Sun 19-May-13 06:40:28

Thanks for all the replies! Have just started wearing the splints at night and with my arms resting on a pillow. It's made such a difference, am actually getting some sleep.

Not ruling out op eventually but really wouldn't work at mo.

Have had injections on a Mortons neuroma in my foot with great success which I guess is similar but in foot ifyswim.

Yes tapir I do yoga and had looked up and found some great yoga exercises on you tube, although some yoga had really aggravated it, on the whole it's supposed to be very beneficial to carpel tunnel I read.

Really helpful to hear others experiences thanks.

larlemucker Sun 19-May-13 06:45:14

The injections don't work and really hurt.
I had the op in both hands but be warned, it can reoccur if it heals. I had a second op a couple of years ago on my left hand.
It came back while I was pg and I had acupuncture which got rid of it. Some physios do it on the NHS so I recommend try that first.

So sorry you have this, I really feel your pain. I'd rather have my 40 hour labour again than have carpel tunnel back!

babyjane67 Mon 20-May-13 14:03:54

i wasnt offered the jab as apparently it does same asthe wrist splint which i wore every night for3months&didnt work so i was put on waiting list for op which i had2wks ago tomorrow.
i have to have stitches out tomorrow if alls well.
im still not able to do much at mo but have been lucky in that my dp took a wk off work so was able to do everything for our4yr old dd.hes still doing the cooking cleaning etc as im not allowed yet!lol

Lonecatwithkitten Mon 20-May-13 14:27:02

I had steroid injection and had 48 hours of terrible pain, then 26 days of no pain and then back to how it was before the injection.
Regarding the op different surgeons have different success rates and some surgeons have very little recurrence. It is really worth researching extensively who is going to do the surgery and I would recommend a specialist hand surgeon rather than a general orthopaedics or neurosurgeon. From the research I did the specialist hand surgeons have much, much better success rates.

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