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, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with carpal tunnel syndrome

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

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
23
Tried for
pain (22) carpal tunnel syndrome (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
19
Tried for
carpal tunnel syndrome (18) pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Knee brace)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
16
Tried for
carpal tunnel syndrome (14) pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Tried for
pain (16) carpal tunnel syndrome (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
depressed mood (11) pain (6)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14
Tried for
pain (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
carpal tunnel syndrome (10) pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Hand splint)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
12
Tried for
carpal tunnel syndrome (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
anxious mood (11)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
anxious mood (7) depressed mood (4)

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

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

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (15 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness blurry vision 8 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
pain (22) carpal tunnel syndrome (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for carpal tunnel syndrome (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Hospitalization incision tenderness 4 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
carpal tunnel syndrome (18) pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Knee brace)
Perceived effectiveness
for carpal tunnel syndrome (3 evaluations)
Side effects
muscle spasms pain 1 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
carpal tunnel syndrome (14) pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation dizziness 1 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
pain (16) carpal tunnel syndrome (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (12 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite dizziness 8 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
depressed mood (11) pain (6)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
cognitive confusion
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
pain (14)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
for carpal tunnel syndrome (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
carpal tunnel syndrome (10) pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Hand splint)
Perceived effectiveness
for carpal tunnel syndrome (9 evaluations)
Side effects
loss of circulation (cut off) skin irritation 1 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
carpal tunnel syndrome (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
bipolar depressive episodes excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 1 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
anxious mood (11)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (8 evaluations)
Side effects
confusion nausea 1 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
anxious mood (7) depressed mood (4)
  • 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 4
20s 50
30s 236
40s 520
50s 561
60s 324
70+ 61
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 76
20-29 years 262
30-39 years 308
40-49 years 242
50-59 years 95
60-69 years 21
70+ years 4

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 189
Female 1566

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1217
Not Diagnosed 71

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