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My wife had it, she ended up getting the surgery, she says it worse now than before the surgery. She says she is legally considered 10% disabled now.
 

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I've got it. I refused surgery and just manage it. Hot water helps a lot.

The real key is learning to keep your wrists in the right position; I wore braces for months, including at night.

Now I only need them once in a while.

It's manageable, but no more kneading bread.
 

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i got it in my right hand, i also have a brace for my wrist! i use it here & there, the carpal tunnel comes & goes! not too bad anymore!
 

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Do NOT get the 'surgery'. Every person i know who has had it, says they wished they never had.

Find a Chiropractor who practices the Gonstead Method.

Cleared mine right up.

Also the tendinitis in my right elbow and the acute stabbing pain from a rib injury. It has been over 5 years and none of them has come back.
 

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I had the surgery and it was hugely successful. I had it so bad in both wrists that I was having difficulty starting I.V.'s on babies. Could no longer feel the strings when I played my guitar. Could hardly tie my shoes in the morning. It was waking me up every night and nothing had helped. I put up with it for years until it reached the point where I began loosing nerve function.

So I broke down and had the surgery, each wrist, 3 weeks apart. Best thing I ever did and wish I had done it years before. It took about 90 days of rehab before I really started to see a difference in function. I'm now totally free of pain and feel like both wrists are fully functional. All problems gone.

A month after the surgery I was camping north of the arctic circle. My job would not let me come back until I was fully released with no restrictions for lifting, etc. so I had to do something to pass the time.:rolleyes:
 

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I agree. For me, surgery was a miracle. I'm an autoworker and my hand s had reached the point where they were almost useless. Pain waking me up at night, dropping things, numbness. I had my hands done 6 weeks apart and they have been great. I think surgery has come a long way since the old days, where everyone said it never worked.
 

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Do you have it? How did you get it?
I'm an animator, I've never had carpal tunnel, and I think it has to do with the way I hold a pencil. I move my fingers and arm a lot more than my wrist.

I also heard it was good to keep your wrists straight, or stretch them back, so I try not to sleep with my wrists curled up, which is how I used to sleep. (I started this habit after all my fellow animators started getting it and I got paranoid...)

Have you looked up home remedies?
 

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Had it once, find a good position for them and rest your wrists as much as possible.
Dont know about surgery, I guess its the same as everything else , you pays your money and takes your choice.
 

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I had the surgery done as well. In my case, I had a dislocated fracture of the left wrist (radial head fracture and left ulna turned into "corn flakes":eek:). I had no feeling in my fingers and pain just about all the time. I didn't realize how much I depended on my left hand when starting IV's until than. After the surgery I only get some very mild numbness on cold winters nights like now. And I have the same IV skills now that were diminished before the surgery, but then again, I had a very skilled surgeon working on me.:thumb:
 

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I had carpel tunnel in my right wrist many years ago.

I learned stretches that you can do. They honestly hurt like hell the first few times you do them but they do stretch and loosen things up and make life bearable again.



Of course when my ex wife tried to kill me in 2002, she cut my arm off at the area of the carpel tunnel and when the MD reattached my right hand, he left out the carpel tunnel area.

As I type this, my right hand is numb like it usually is. I can feel my pinkie finger but every other finger and my thumb are numb to varying degrees. My third digit (the "go-to-hell finger) is completely numb.

I would trade this for carpel tunnel syndrome any day...
 

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I had the surgery in both wrists It did help but I would make sure you need the surgery first. I found the chiropractor helped, you may have to go to a few different ones though as it seems they all have different ways of treating things. I would do the surgery as a last draw. Mine was also very bad couldn't sleep shooting pain down my forearm and numbness. Also find a good surgen rehad is a must and buy the braces they will help during the day and trying to sleep at night. Go to a good neuologist and have him check it out they can tell how cut of circulation is by running a few tests by sending electical shocks down your arm and seeing how long the signal takes was kind of cool. When i had mine done i was 27-28 years old and the Doc said it was terrible for a guy my age to be as bad as i was. Luckly mine was a work comp claim and everything was taken care of.
 

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I had the surgery on both wrists as well, and it was the best thing I could have done. As Maurepas mentioned, I would constantly wake up at night, arms totally numb, and then it would take awhile to get back to sleep after shaking the damn numbness out.

I had the surgeries about a month apart, because those wrist braces the doctor gave me proved totally useless. That was about 7-8 years ago, and I haven't had a problem since.

It's a very comforting feeling knowing that when you go to sleep, you're actually going to get sleep, and not have to deal with pain and numbness.

Also, as has been mentioned, rehab is a key as well. Workers comp covered everything for me, so that was an added plus.
 

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The numbness was annoying, but it's the BURNING that used to keep me up at night.

I wore the braces steady, day and night, for months, until I learned to just naturally hold my wrists at the correct angle. Now I have to use them once in a while, but not often.

I had the surgery on both wrists as well, and it was the best thing I could have done. As Maurepas mentioned, I would constantly wake up at night, arms totally numb, and then it would take awhile to get back to sleep after shaking the damn numbness out.

I had the surgeries about a month apart, because those wrist braces the doctor gave me proved totally useless. That was about 7-8 years ago, and I haven't had a problem since.

It's a very comforting feeling knowing that when you go to sleep, you're actually going to get sleep, and not have to deal with pain and numbness.

Also, as has been mentioned, rehab is a key as well. Workers comp covered everything for me, so that was an added plus.
 

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The numbness was annoying, but it's the BURNING that used to keep me up at night.

I wore the braces steady, day and night, for months, until I learned to just naturally hold my wrists at the correct angle. Now I have to use them once in a while, but not often.
Yeah, that's what I should have said instead. It felt like my arms were on fire when I woke up. Then it would take a good amount of time to shake all of that out of the arms, and by that time, you're wide awake.

Sleep never came easy after that, and those braces did nothing more than annoy me. Like I said, workers comp covered mine, so it was an easy call for me to have it done, and then rehab it after that.
 

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I had the carpal tunnel so bad in each wrist that i could not feel the steering wheel while driving, or the dishes while washing them. Every thing felt like a hard numb brick.At night the only way I had any feeling at all was to hold my hand down off the bed. I did find that taking vitiman B12 helped some but I finally ending up having the surgery on both wrist at the same time about 22 years ago. The surgery was a success.
My son had the surgery on his wrist about 2 -1/2 years ago, one hand then the other after 6 weeks. He had lost feeling in all three of his fingures for 6 months before he had the surgery. It took about 8 months after the surgery for the feelings to come back in his figures. The doctors said he had almost waited to long to have the surgery. The surgery was a success and he doesn't have any problems now.Plus now they only do a small cut in each wrist , about one inch. When I had my surgery 22 years ago, I had a 3- 1/2 inch cut in each wrist.
 

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Think it really depends on how bad your case is, and of course the skill of the doctor you have. It's called "tunnel" because the nerve going into the hand runs through a protective tunnel as I understand it to protect it from the bones that form the wrist. The tunnel over time and use becomes narrowed and pushes or closes on the nerve. If the tightness around the nerve gets to the point that it keeps you up, you should look into surgery cause sooner or later the problem will return. I had a great doc that did both wrist. A small incision was made, and the "tunnel" was made larger to not interfer with the nerve. Best choice I ever made. Mine was so bad I could hardly load my shotgun when hunting. I used a hand specialist to do my surgery.
 

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The rise of the computer and tilting your keyboard up (at the back edge) is what made carpal tunnel the new ambulance chase.
 

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Do you have it? How did you get it?
I have it, very progressed in left, not nearly as bad in right. Numbness, nerve damage, droppin things, no grip strength, all of that.

(yeah, i ve heard all the foul jokes on how one gets it)

I first started having problems while working assembly-line in cabinetry. Drill with left, screw with right, repeat for 8 hours. (Oak frames)

Might consider surgery. Heat helps.
 
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