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Carpal Tunnel??

March 9th, 2005, 10:11 AM
My left wrist right under my thumb has been sore for the past week, and it has gotten worse day by day. James thinks that it may be Carpal Tunnel. I thought that it gave shooting pains, and that the pain wasn't present all the time? Does anyone have anythoughts??

March 9th, 2005, 10:22 AM
Being that everyone in my family has carpal tunnel, I would say it doesn't sound like it. Most people I speak to have numbness and tingling first, then pain starts years later.

March 9th, 2005, 10:29 AM
I didn't think it would be. I just wanted to know other's opinions. If it isn't better by Thursday, I am going to make an appointment for Friday. I just hope it is nothing serious.

March 9th, 2005, 10:32 AM
try doing some stretches and see if that helps. I used to work and an insurance adjuster for injury claims. I learned a lot about basic injuries, and it's amazing what a simple couple of stretches can do for you.

March 9th, 2005, 10:51 AM
Doesn't sound like carpal tunnel. That usually has symptoms like numbness in the ends of the fingers. It may be some type of repetitive strain. Do you use that hand constantly with the baby? You may just be using muscles you aren't used to using, and it's feeling a bit strained.

March 9th, 2005, 11:17 AM
Right at the base of your "whole" thumb, the part where it actually connects with the wrist, if you know what I mean, I get a pesky pain that is very "deep" meaning I can't really tell you if it from the top or the underneath of my hand.(Is it like that??)

It lasts a few weeks and is a sharp pain that resembles tendonitis--although I've never gone to the doctor for it, so I can't be sure.

It goes away nicely with Ibuprofen... :thumbs up

March 9th, 2005, 11:42 AM
I don't see much carpel tunnel for obvious reasons - it takes years to develop. It is unlikely to be that. It may be strain from trying or using your wrist repititively. It is very hard to ascertain without an examination. It does not sound like it though.

March 9th, 2005, 12:02 PM
I am actually right handed, so I don't use my left hand alot. Only time I use my left hand alot is when I am holding Judith and I am on the computer...... Which has been alot lately...... I think that I will have it examined on Friday, since James doesn't have work, and I will be able to use the car for a bit. Until then, I will just have to take the Motrin the hospital prescribed me after I had Judith. I am just glad that it isn't Carpal Tunnel.

March 9th, 2005, 12:07 PM
Twinmommy, that is where my wrist is bothering me.

March 9th, 2005, 02:56 PM
carpel tunnel? never realy heard of it, i thought it was RSI, it seems to be an american problem though, it seems lots of ppl on us tv shows suffer carpel tunnel (a joke for all those who missed it) :p

i suffer RSI or repetative strain injury from typing, it only flares up when i do alot of typing or if i do it lots daily, it is a nasty pain just at the base of my hand under the thumb, hurts like hell for a while, but surprisingly i have not had a problem since i finished my thesis and dont type so much. if it is RSI it is generally because the sufferer is holding their hand in a constant position and often with typing not the high palm correct hand position. try lifting the bottom of your hand up when typing, dont lean it on the board, you can also get a rest for your hand whilst typing. :D

March 9th, 2005, 04:22 PM
I am actually right handed, so I don't use my left hand alot. Only time I use my left hand alot is when I am holding Judith and I am on the computer...... Which has been alot lately......

I think that may be the problem right there. I get a similar pain at the beginning of bike season if I haven't been on my trainer for a while during the winter. You're basically using muscles and tendons that don't get used that often. I wouldn't be too worried about it.

March 10th, 2005, 09:37 AM
I woke up and my wrist was so sore that when I went to go pick up Judith, I just about dropped her, I was in so much pain. So I put her back in her bassinett and tried to find an ace bandage, no luck, so I just used some old cloth and wrapped up my wrist, enough so it doesn't move too much. I know that James is going to come home and look at me wierd. I just hope that he doesn't come and say that I am going to the farwell luncheon as well. If he does, he is going to be holding Judith, because I am not wearing cut up yellow cloth with pinguines all over it!

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March 11th, 2005, 05:50 PM
I had surgery for carpel tunel on my right hand, its more of a pins and needles that ends up going up your arm and into your sholder. I was awake for the surgery and I don't know what was worse that or the pain. I was to get the other hand done but I'll die before I do that again, they froze my hand with a huge needle poking it around inside it was awful.

March 12th, 2005, 04:17 AM
Just wanted to let you know that carpel tunnel does not take years to develop. I started my job in the begining od december, I now have carpel tunnel and am going to go to a nerve specialist to see how bad it is.
It started in my thumb, it was very sore like I had sprained it, then graduated to pins and needles in the whole thumb, it was like this for two weeks straight until I was perscribed a strong anti-inflamitory the pins and needles stopped but pains shooting up my arms still exsist.
I can be doing something as easy as holding a pot with water in it and suddenly, a shooting pain up my arm or moving a certain way can cause discomfort or pain.
Repeated motions or ways of holding something that you are not used to (holding your child) a certain way can definitly cause it.
Many people at our factory have carpel tunnel and it affects them in different ways, I have seen it develop in people in a matter of 2 weeks after starting the job.
So get it looked at, and an anti-inflamitory will help along with a wrist brace while sleeping and awake to stop you from bending your wrist.......that was my Dr.s orders :)

March 12th, 2005, 10:54 AM

I plan on having it checked out on Monday, if at all possible. Otherwise, I will have it looked at when I get back to Minnesota. Right now I am wearing a wrist brace, so when I pick Judith up, it isn't as painful. I definately think it is something serious. I have had the brace on for a few days, and it is still getting worse. I can't even move Judith's bassinett (on wheels) without it hurting, and that is with the brace on!

March 12th, 2005, 10:04 PM
is it shooting pain?? do you also get it in your fingers? at the joints??

i have doens't know what it is. It could also be arthritis....but could also be from excessive computer typing or from weather changes.

they told me to take advil for it.

Hope you get better