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Dx'd With Carpal Tunnel Yesterday


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#1 Bunky

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Posted 05 June 2007 - 06:38 PM

Hello,
Yesterday my dr. told me I have carpal tunnel syndrome in my left wrist and tendonitis in my arm and elbow. It really isn't a surprise. I've been putting off telling her about the pain for months. I just didn't want to open that can of worms, and preferred living in denial. (I am surprised about the tendonitis in the arm. I assumed the pain was related to the wrist, or fibromyalgia, or something.)
I've read of correlations to carpal tunnel and autoimmune issues, and would like to know if anyone else on this forum has experiences with it, although I know my problem is directly related to a soft-tissue injury to the same area two years ago.
I just think, with my other issues, having a traumatic injury is asking for trouble later on. Of course, the fact that I work in publishing and spend hours a day at the computer doesn't have anything at all to do with it. ;)
Anyway, I would be interested to hear of any experiences anyone has had would be helpful. Thanks a bunch,
Beth

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Posted 06 June 2007 - 03:10 AM

Beth,
I too spend a lot of time at the computer (A LOT of time!) so my diagnosis of CT wasn't a surprise either. It was one of the first symptoms I experienced during the onset of multiple other symptoms. The CT eventually went away within about 4 months and was replaced with Raynaud's. It's been 4 years and I've had no more problems with the CT even though I didn't do anything to correct it. Weird.

I hope your's goes away or they can do something to fix to the pain.

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Posted 06 June 2007 - 04:24 AM

Beth,
I know what you mean about saving the "small stuff" for later, but I think you did the right thing about telling you doctor while at a visit.

When I was feeling really sick I remember having such intense pain in the wrist that I couldn't use them to lift me off the ground, or chair...I looked pretty silly getting up off the floor using just my elbows! :D

The strangest part, is that over a period of a few months...the pain went away. Since then I seldom get any pain at all...none that really bothers me anyhow.

So I hope that yours goes away on its own, but I would keep an eye on it, and continue to consult the doctor about it until you feel confident that it is okay.
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Posted 06 June 2007 - 07:45 AM

Hi Beth,

Sorry to hear about the carpal tunnel. I know all to well how painful that can be. Yes I have had troubles with it but was able to work through it without surgery with the help of physical therapy and acupuncture, but it took MONTHS.

I hope you can get some relief.
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Posted 06 June 2007 - 08:11 AM

HI Beth!
I am sorry about your carpal tunnel. I had it years ago, way before my scleroderma diagnosis. I worked on the computer all day at my job so I was not surprised. My pain was really bad...the kind that wakes you up at night and prevented me from working...however, it was simple to remedy. I took 800 milligrams of Ibuprofen every 4 hours for 24 hours, then just normal dose for a few more days and it was gone. I got lucky I guess.
Sorry you have it. Maybe yours will be simple like mine.
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Posted 06 June 2007 - 01:38 PM

Hi Beth, I've had carpal tunnel in my right hand. For a couple years I slept in a wrist brace. When that quit working I had the surgery done. That was three years ago (one year before my sclero diagnosis). So far I've had no more trouble and I'm glad I had the surgery. The only problem was after surgery while still bandaged up. It's really hard to do those 'personal' things with your left hand when you're right handed! Things like doing hair and, pardon me, but wiping with the left hand was a real comic trip. lol Good luck to you. If it's not severe maybe the brace at night will be enough.

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Posted 06 June 2007 - 01:44 PM

I had bi-lateral carpal tunnel. The pain was keeping me awake even though I wore the wrist guards. Pain medication and wearing the guards about 18 hours a day I was getting no relief. I chose surgery. I did my left hand first since it was the worst. I was using my elbows to get up from the floor also. Even after surgery my left hand was still bad. A small bone was out of place and It was poped back into place. I didn't have to have surgery on the right hand. It went away shortly after my left hand was fixed. I did wear the braces on both hands for about 3 months afterward if I was typing or doing anything requiring a bit of lifting or stress on my hands. All is well now. I hope yours goes away on its own like some of the others. Mine refused to just go away. Good luck. Sheryl
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#8 Bunky

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Posted 06 June 2007 - 05:23 PM

Thank you for all of your input. It's good to hear that so many of you are doing better with the CP. Very encouraging!

Thanks so much!
Beth

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Posted 07 June 2007 - 04:00 PM

Hi Beth,

Carpal tunnel was one of the first problem I had along with raynauds. (They presented several years before the others symptoms...I have the limited form of Ssc.) I was able to tolerate it for several years; hit the point where I used the braces during the night; eliminated as much aggravating "hand work" as possible at work (former kdg. teacher but we still use the computer!); had a pair of custom braces made by physical therapy; finally had the surgery and Relief with a capital R!!!
No more pain, CT doesn't wake me up at night, other things do :-).

I had very good results with the surgery, so if the other steps don't work for you do your homework by researching good hand surgeon who has performed the procedure many, many times. As with any other surgery, this will make a difference. Good luck.

xoxo emmie

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Posted 07 June 2007 - 07:07 PM

Hi !
Add me to your list. I started having trouble with CT when I was pregnant with my first shild (1984). My OB told me it was because of the severe swelling I had with the pregnancy and that it would go away about 6 months to a year after the birth of my son....well, it didn't. I was also having raynauds symptoms but that wasn't officially diagnosis until I was diagnosis with sclero over 10 years later. I have had surgery on both hands. I did get some relief, but not total, whereas lots of folks have total relief.
Peace :)
Barbara aka relicmom1

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Posted 09 June 2007 - 12:39 AM

Yes, I too had carpel tunnel. I had surgery, it helped for a while but I still have problems like, pain, numbness and tingling. I also have Cubital syndrome, of both elbows, what a treat that is. I had surgery on my left elbow but I sad no what to the other arm. That may have been a mistake, I've got a lot of pain. I'm gonna wait a while, though. Good luck to you, Gizelle