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carpel tunnel syndrome! wtaf

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silverandblack Sun 11-Jan-15 17:26:22

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silverandblack Sun 11-Jan-15 17:27:31

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Bellyrub1980 Sun 11-Jan-15 17:34:52

Nasty, horrible pain.

Night splints might help, the idea being that they keep the tunnel space open and free up pressure on the nerves during the night when (if you are a 'dormouse' sleeper) you may be unknowingly closing the tunnel down.

If you are getting symptoms other than pain (eg pins and needles or numbness) you should see your GP. If you have weakness in your grip and are dropping things, struggling to write etc, you should be referred to a specialist.

If ordinary pain killers don't work, and the splint and ice don't help the doctor might offer you neuropathic meds like amitriptyline.

Bellyrub1980 Sun 11-Jan-15 17:35:52

Some specialist will also give you a steroid injection.

Brandysnapper Sun 11-Jan-15 17:37:55

You need physio. It is awful sad Are you bf? (I ask as there is a particular kind (de quervians?) associated with how you tend to hold your hand.

silverandblack Sun 11-Jan-15 17:43:18

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Bellyrub1980 Sun 11-Jan-15 17:47:22

How far up your arm is it going? Which fingers are effected?

silverandblack Sun 11-Jan-15 17:51:55

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silverandblack Sun 11-Jan-15 17:55:08

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ch1134 Sun 11-Jan-15 18:00:13

I had it. It lasted 6 weeks and I wore a splint at night which really helped. Recovery is hard, no-one mentions that!

Bippidee Sun 11-Jan-15 18:01:58

Can you fold your thumb across your palm?

If not it sounds more like de quervain's syndrome.

I had it, and it went away at 10 weeks.

Good luck, it does ease though.

If you google de quervain's, there is a PDF that should come up with some home physio exercises you can do.

Bellyrub1980 Sun 11-Jan-15 19:08:17

I'm not convinced it's carpal tunnel. The median nerve doesn't supply all those fingers. It's also unlikely to travel that far up your arm. It could be your neck believe it or not.

Get referred to a Physio smile

silverandblack Sun 11-Jan-15 19:43:40

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