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 for carpal tunnel syndrome

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

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
584
Tried for
carpal tunnel syndrome (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Wrist splint)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
0
Tried for
carpal tunnel syndrome (5)

Data from patients with carpal tunnel syndrome, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with carpal tunnel syndrome

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
for carpal tunnel syndrome (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
carpal tunnel syndrome (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Wrist splint)
Perceived effectiveness
for carpal tunnel syndrome (3 evaluations)
Side effects
loss of circulation (cut off) skin irritation
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
carpal tunnel syndrome (5)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with carpal tunnel syndrome, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.
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Who has carpal tunnel syndrome on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 2 new patients joined this month
  • 146 say carpal tunnel syndrome is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 4
20s 29
30s 206
40s 504
50s 610
60s 428
70+ 89
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 81
20-29 years 268
30-39 years 312
40-49 years 251
50-59 years 99
60-69 years 21
70+ years 5

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 197
Female 1672

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1254
Not Diagnosed 74

These charts show data from carpal tunnel syndrome patients who have completed their condition history
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