Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by compression of the median nerve in the wrist. It is characterized by weakness, pain, and disturbances of sensation in the hand and fingers.

Common symptoms reported by people with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
Tried for
Insomnia (20) Pain (16)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
Tried for
Pain (25) Depressed mood (2)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
25
Tried for
Pain (25) Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
22
Tried for
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (19) Pain (6)
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Treatment name(s)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
21
Tried for
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (20) Pain (12)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
Depressed mood (17) Pain (4)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
Pain (21) Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Wrist splints (night))
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
19
Tried for
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (19)
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Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
Tried for
Pain (17) Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Tried for
Pain (16)

Data from patients with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (22 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Grogginess 7 more
Total evaluations
33
Tried for
Insomnia (20) Pain (16)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Weight gain 6 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
Pain (25) Depressed mood (2)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (9 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Cold sweat 4 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
Pain (25) Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (1)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Burning in stomach Stomach pain
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (19) Pain (6)
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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (12 evaluations)
Side effects
Hospitalization Numbness in hands 11 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (20) Pain (12)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (19 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 8 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
Depressed mood (17) Pain (4)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (15 evaluations)
Side effects
Cognitive confusion Sleepiness 5 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
Pain (21) Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Wrist splints (night))
Perceived effectiveness
for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Skin irritation Uncomfortable
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (19)
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Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Acid reflux Deep itching 2 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
Pain (17) Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Chronic constipation Head pain 1 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
Pain (16)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has Carpal Tunnel Syndrome on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 3
20s 49
30s 235
40s 466
50s 486
60s 213
70+ 50
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 74
20-29 years 245
30-39 years 290
40-49 years 219
50-59 years 79
60-69 years 17
70+ years 4

Sex

Distribution of sex

89% Female
11% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,051
Not Diagnosed 70

These charts show data from Carpal Tunnel patients who have completed their condition history
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