Post # 1
So, I have carpal tunnel in both wrists/hands, which is significantly worse in my dominant hand. The onset only started a couple months ago, but it’s already bad. Cold compresses seem to help, and I wear a brace as much as I can. Some days it seems like it’s getting better, then the next day it will be 2x worse again 🙁 I’ve already seen my doctor, I just want to hear about anyone else’s experience.
Has anyone been successful with splinting alone, or did you end up having the surgery? I want to try non-surgical interventions as much as possible, but with the extent of my symptoms already, I don’t feel very confident. I’m a nurse, so I work with my hands a lot…things are getting difficult since I’m unable to grip as tightly as I’d like…people literally rely on my hands. Computers are also a big part of my life, at work and at home. I try to go easy on my hands by “pecking” at the keys instead of typing properly, but I don’t have time for that at work. My sleep is being disrupted. I might get a good 3-4 hours before the nerve pain wakes me up, then I’m lucky if I get back to sleep at all. And, it makes me feel pretty crappy when I have to ask my husband to open a bottle of water for me.
If you’ve had carpal tunnel, what helped you? This is obviously starting to affect my quality of life, and I’m starting to feel desperate. I’ve only been at my new job for a few months, and I won’t be able to take an extended medical leave until I’m there for a year. Another option would be to save up some PTO, but that would take some time also. So if I need to have surgery, I’d like to delay it if I’m able to.
Post # 2
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I’ve had carpal tunnel since I was 21. I sleep with braces from Imak, and they help immensely. I also had to teach myself to sleep without having my arm under neath of my body or raising it above my head, as both positions wake me in the night. Oh, and I was told to take 1 advil every night before bed. I’m having a hard time now with being pregnant, because pregnancy aggravates carpal tunnel and I can;t take advil. But otherwise, the braces at night + modified sleeping positions + advil have worked for me for 14 years.
Post # 3
lovekiss: I can’t sleep on either side, and now it’s even difficult to sleep on my back. My arms are always next to me and never under me. I tried every position imaginable last night and the pain kept coming back 🙁 And I’m trying to stay away from NSAIDS because I want to get pregnant. I know I can take it until I get pregnant, but I’ve already lost 2 and I don’t want to risk it.
Post # 4
I have carpal tunnel. Going on three years now and it’s the worse thing I have gone through. Actually up until last week my doctor didn’t know what was wrong. He and another doctor thought I had ms and or bone density loss. I have gone through so many tests and nerve pain medication. Three years thinking I have ms is the scariest thing ever and finding out is carpal tunnel is the biggest relief but most painful thing.
the pain and weakness is getting so bad that I cannot use my arms and hands. The braces don’t work nor pain killers. i have a hard time driving sometimes, brushing my hair, writing and typing in college. Im still looking for relief. I hope you find yours. Good luck!
Post # 5
futurezakany: I’m so glad you don’t have MS! After 3 years and no improvement, you should be a candidate for surgery. It’s minimally invasive, and after all you’ve been through, I’d definitely look into it.
Post # 6
I had to have surgery. I was droping things all the time, everything (dinner plates, included felt to oheavy to lift, and I was starting to have symptoms in my other hand- likely due to over-use in trying to compensate. I had to do pt after surgery and that helped amazingly. I just waited too long to have the surgery- should have done it sooner.