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
24
Tried for
pain (22) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
21
Tried for
carpal tunnel syndrome (20) pain (8)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18
Tried for
depressed mood (14) pain (6)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
pain (15) carpal tunnel syndrome (1)
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
14
Tried for
pain (11) depressed mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Hand splint)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
14
Tried for
carpal tunnel syndrome (14)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
depressed mood (12) anxious mood (1)

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 weight gain 9 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
pain (22) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for carpal tunnel syndrome (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Hospitalization numbness in hands 8 more
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
carpal tunnel syndrome (20) pain (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
constipation cold sweat 4 more
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
pain (21) carpal tunnel syndrome (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (13 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite dry mouth 5 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
depressed mood (14) pain (6)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (9 evaluations)
Side effects
cognitive confusion
Total evaluations
9
Tried for
pain (15) carpal tunnel syndrome (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
for carpal tunnel syndrome (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
carpal tunnel syndrome (13) pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (27 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain blurry vision 4 more
Total evaluations
29
Tried for
pain (11) depressed mood (3)
1 more
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 (14)
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)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
aggressive behavior daytime sleepiness 1 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
depressed mood (12) anxious mood (1)
  • 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 255
40s 523
50s 535
60s 287
70+ 54
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 75
20-29 years 257
30-39 years 300
40-49 years 240
50-59 years 94
60-69 years 18
70+ years 4

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 181
Female 1,523

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,186
Not Diagnosed 71

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