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

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

(Wrist splints (night))
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
41
Tried for
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (41)
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
Pain (37) Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
35
Tried for
Pain (35) Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
33
Tried for
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (30) Pain (11)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
32
Tried for
Depressed mood (29) Pain (5)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
26
Tried for
Insomnia (20) Pain (15)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24
Tried for
Pain (20) Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (4)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
Pain (20) Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
19
Tried for
Pain (19)
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Tried for
Anxious mood (15) Insomnia (6)
1 more

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
How many evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Wrist splints (night))
Perceived effectiveness
for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (12 evaluations)
Side effects
Itching Soreness 1 more
How many evaluations
13
Tried for
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (41)
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Treatment name(s)

(Vicodin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (22 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Addiction 11 more
How many evaluations
23
Tried for
Pain (37) Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Cold sweat 4 more
How many evaluations
8
Tried for
Pain (35) Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (2)
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Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Burning in stomach Low Hemoglobin 1 more
How many evaluations
4
Tried for
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (30) Pain (11)
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Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (19 evaluations)
Side effects
Sweating excessive An overall crappy feeling all the time 16 more
How many evaluations
26
Tried for
Depressed mood (29) Pain (5)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Grogginess 4 more
How many evaluations
14
Tried for
Insomnia (20) Pain (15)
2 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (13 evaluations)
Side effects
Constipation Dizziness 5 more
How many evaluations
14
Tried for
Pain (20) Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (4)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (12 evaluations)
Side effects
Acid reflux Deep itching 3 more
How many evaluations
15
Tried for
Pain (20) Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (1)
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Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
How many evaluations
2
Tried for
Pain (19)
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (13 evaluations)
Side effects
Memory problems Bipolar depressive episodes 11 more
How many evaluations
23
Tried for
Anxious mood (15) Insomnia (6)
1 more

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 5
20s 53
30s 202
40s 381
50s 376
60s 126
70+ 29

Gender

Distribution of females vs. males

89% Females
11% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 57
20-29 years 188
30-39 years 225
40-49 years 164
50-59 years 62
60-69 years 17
70+ years 3

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 823
Not Diagnosed 52

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