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
17
Tried for
carpal tunnel syndrome (16) pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Knee brace)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
17
Tried for
carpal tunnel syndrome (14) pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
pain (11) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
pain (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
pain (10)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
anxious mood (7) depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
anxious mood (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
depressed mood (6) pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
carpal tunnel syndrome (5) pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
pain (6) carpal tunnel syndrome (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)
Perceived effectiveness
for carpal tunnel syndrome (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Hospitalization incision tenderness 3 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
carpal tunnel syndrome (16) pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
low testosterone nausea 6 more
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
pain (11) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
cognitive confusion
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
pain (10)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea sleepiness
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
anxious mood (7) depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (8)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite insomnia 2 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
depressed mood (6) pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
for carpal tunnel syndrome (1 evaluation)
Side effects
stomach discomfort
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
carpal tunnel syndrome (5) pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (6) carpal tunnel syndrome (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 5
20s 37
30s 215
40s 509
50s 610
60s 398
70+ 84
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 80
20-29 years 268
30-39 years 314
40-49 years 250
50-59 years 99
60-69 years 21
70+ years 5

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 198
Female 1658

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1252
Not Diagnosed 74

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