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
25
Tried for
pain (22) carpal tunnel syndrome (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
23
Tried for
carpal tunnel syndrome (22) pain (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Tried for
pain (20) carpal tunnel syndrome (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Tried for
depressed mood (16) pain (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
Tried for
pain (18) carpal tunnel syndrome (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Hand splint)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
16
Tried for
carpal tunnel syndrome (16)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
carpal tunnel syndrome (13) pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
13
Tried for
pain (11) depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
anxious mood (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
pain (12)

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 (14 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness weight gain 7 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
pain (22) carpal tunnel syndrome (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for carpal tunnel syndrome (11 evaluations)
Side effects
Hospitalization numbness in hands 8 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
carpal tunnel syndrome (22) pain (10)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation cold sweat 4 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
pain (20) carpal tunnel syndrome (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (14 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 6 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
depressed mood (16) pain (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (17 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness cognitive confusion 2 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
pain (18) carpal tunnel syndrome (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Hand splint)
Perceived effectiveness
for carpal tunnel syndrome (10 evaluations)
Side effects
loss of circulation (cut off) skin irritation 1 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
carpal tunnel syndrome (16)
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 (13) pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (26 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain blurry vision 4 more
Total evaluations
28
Tried for
pain (11) depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
bipolar depressive episodes excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 1 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
anxious mood (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (10 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic constipation head pain 1 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
pain (12)
  • 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 50
30s 256
40s 519
50s 525
60s 274
70+ 53
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 74
20-29 years 255
30-39 years 297
40-49 years 237
50-59 years 91
60-69 years 18
70+ years 4

Sex

Distribution of sex

89% Female
11% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,100
Not Diagnosed 72

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