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)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
21
Tried for
carpal tunnel syndrome (20) pain (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
pain (20) carpal tunnel syndrome (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Tried for
pain (19) carpal tunnel syndrome (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
17
Tried for
depressed mood (13) pain (6)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Hand splint)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
13
Tried for
carpal tunnel syndrome (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
pain (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
carpal tunnel syndrome (10) pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
pain (10) depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Leg brace)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
11
Tried for
carpal tunnel syndrome (9) pain (5)

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)
Perceived effectiveness
for carpal tunnel syndrome (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Hospitalization numbness in hands 10 more
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
carpal tunnel syndrome (20) pain (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (14 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness blurry vision 7 more
Total evaluations
16
Tried for
pain (20) carpal tunnel syndrome (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (7 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation cold sweat 4 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
pain (19) carpal tunnel syndrome (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (14 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite dizziness 8 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
depressed mood (13) pain (6)
1 more
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 (13)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
cognitive confusion
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
pain (12)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
for carpal tunnel syndrome (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
carpal tunnel syndrome (10) pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (27 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain blurry vision 4 more
Total evaluations
29
Tried for
pain (10) depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
bipolar depressive episodes excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 1 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
anxious mood (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Leg brace)
Perceived effectiveness
for carpal tunnel syndrome (3 evaluations)
Side effects
muscle spasms pain 1 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
carpal tunnel syndrome (9) pain (5)
  • 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 48
30s 247
40s 524
50s 539
60s 298
70+ 55
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 76
20-29 years 258
30-39 years 302
40-49 years 239
50-59 years 96
60-69 years 18
70+ years 4

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 182
Female 1,530

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,193
Not Diagnosed 71

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