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

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Treatments taken by people with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28
Tried for
Pain (25) Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (3)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
27
Tried for
Insomnia (22) Pain (17)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
26
Tried for
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (22) Pain (9)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
26
Tried for
Pain (26) Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Wrist splints (night))
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
24
Tried for
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (24)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
Tried for
Depressed mood (20) Pain (3)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
22
Tried for
Pain (22) Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Tried for
Pain (20)
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Treatment name(s)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
17
Tried for
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (16) Pain (11)
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Treatment name(s)

(Percocet 5/325)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
Pain (17)

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

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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
How many evaluations
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (13 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Weight gain 4 more
How many evaluations
13
Tried for
Pain (25) Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (3)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Grogginess Drowsiness 6 more
How many evaluations
20
Tried for
Insomnia (22) Pain (17)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Burning in stomach Low Hemoglobin 1 more
How many evaluations
2
Tried for
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (22) Pain (9)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
Cold sweat Constipation 4 more
How many evaluations
9
Tried for
Pain (26) Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (2)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Wrist splints (night))
Perceived effectiveness
for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Skin irritation Uncomfortable
How many evaluations
5
Tried for
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (24)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (18 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness (vertigo) Dry mouth 7 more
How many evaluations
20
Tried for
Depressed mood (20) Pain (3)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (12 evaluations)
Side effects
Cognitive confusion Constipation 6 more
How many evaluations
13
Tried for
Pain (22) Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (12 evaluations)
Side effects
Acid reflux Deep itching 2 more
How many evaluations
15
Tried for
Pain (20)
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Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Hospitalization Numbness in hands 11 more
How many evaluations
10
Tried for
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (16) Pain (11)
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Treatment name(s)

(Percocet 5/325)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Chronic constipation Head pain 1 more
How many evaluations
10
Tried for
Pain (17)

Data from patients with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has Carpal Tunnel Syndrome on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 3
20s 52
30s 222
40s 423
50s 428
60s 180
70+ 42

Sex

Distribution of sex

89% Female
11% Male
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 67
20-29 years 223
30-39 years 262
40-49 years 196
50-59 years 72
60-69 years 16
70+ years 5

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 965
Not Diagnosed 62

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