Injections For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

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Good Morning Geeks, A couple of geeks posted in my blog re injections as I have developed Carpal tunnel Syndrome in my left hand (I am right handed), although in the beauty industry we use both hands simultaneously.

I don't suffer any pain, only constant numbness, tingling pins and needles and a feeling of swollen fingers even though they are not swollen. It gets worse in the evening but does not disturb my sleep. Although there is no pain, my hand sometimes feels dull and uncomfortable (that is the only way I can describe it).

A referral is now being made for me to see a Rheumatologist for injections but this could take months on the NHS.

What experiences do any of you have with injections for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? Have they helped and if so, for what length of time? Have they had to be repeated? I would like to do everything I can to avoid surgery.
 

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Cant help with your questions mate but just wanted to send you lots of love and big hugs:hug: You are having a tough time aren't you.
 

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I think i was getting the beginnings of carpel tunnel and went to the osteopath we usually use. He really worked on my hands and wrist it wasn't very nice while he worked on it,quite painful, i was worried he was doing more harm than good but actually after any soreness wore off ive had no trouble with it at all.
 

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hi there lellipop, i had a choice of the injections or the op, i chose the op because it was over and sone with in one go ! i had it done 3 weeks ago and the tingles are gone! its so weird not waking up with it! its done under a local and isnt bad at all the only thing i would say is definaltly give it 2 weeks before you start using it, i didnt ( 8 yr old twin boys and 12 yr old kevin and perry daughter !) now my wrist is quite uncomfortable
 

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I think i was getting the beginnings of carpel tunnel and went to the osteopath we usually use. He really worked on my hands and wrist it wasn't very nice while he worked on it,quite painful, i was worried he was doing more harm than good but actually after any soreness wore off ive had no trouble with it at all.
Didn't actually think of an osteopath. Good idea. xx
 

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Hi.
As I wrote in your blog, I have had a cortisone injection in my elbow for tennis elbow, and it has worked.:)

But I have also had carpal tunnel syndrone a few times as well. I had it really really bad when I was pregnant, and I was given cock-up splints to wear. (pardon the name!!:lol:) They are similar to a glove , with a piece of metal running through , which would be on the palm side of the hands. It has strong velcro on to keep em on.


Now I know thats not the answer in the long run, BUT it gives enormous relief especially at night in bed. It really does help that deep depressing ache that comes with carpal tunnel.
I was given them by my midwife, so I am sure that they would be readily available via the nhs if you asked.

The steroid injections don't always work, but you will never know unless you bite the bullet and go for it. when I had it in my elbow a few weeks ago I was shaking cos I thought it was gonna be excrutiating. It wasn't. It was slightly unpleasant for a few mins but god was it worth it!!!:)

I really do feel for you hun, cos unless you have suffered from this excrutiating pain its hard to imagine what its like. It makes you feel bad tempered, depresed, lethargic, snappy, and just desperate for the pain to go away somehow.

Try the cock-up splints Tracey I can tell you that you will get some relief.

Take care xxxxxxxxxxxxx:hug:Elaine xxx
 

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Hi Tracey I sympathies and also developed this in both hands after my son was born. It was very painful in the mornings and I would have to swing my arms round like a windmill to get the blood back into my hands. Eventually I had an operation on my right hand which worked but left scar tissue that can sometimes be a little sore. I didn't get the other one done as it was milder and can be eased by taking a very small dose (2.5mg) of a prescriber diaretic called Bendroflaumazide each day. It makes you wee a bit more than normal and you have to be careful as it can be detremental to your kidneys. My sister also had it for a while but it seemed to fade away on it's own. I think the injection may be a type of steroid and hopefully if it's mild may do the trick.
I hope it works for you. The crazy windmill is a look but not a good one.
Helen x
 

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Hi.
As I wrote in your blog, I have had a cortisone injection in my elbow for tennis elbow, and it has worked.:)

But I have also had carpal tunnel syndrone a few times as well. I had it really really bad when I was pregnant, and I was given cock-up splints to wear. (pardon the name!!:lol:) They are similar to a glove , with a piece of metal running through , which would be on the palm side of the hands. It has strong velcro on to keep em on.


Now I know thats not the answer in the long run, BUT it gives enormous relief especially at night in bed. It really does help that deep depressing ache that comes with carpal tunnel.
I was given them by my midwife, so I am sure that they would be readily available via the nhs if you asked.

The steroid injections don't always work, but you will never know unless you bite the bullet and go for it. when I had it in my elbow a few weeks ago I was shaking cos I thought it was gonna be excrutiating. It wasn't. It was slightly unpleasant for a few mins but god was it worth it!!!:)

I really do feel for you hun, cos unless you have suffered from this excrutiating pain its hard to imagine what its like. It makes you feel bad tempered, depresed, lethargic, snappy, and just desperate for the pain to go away somehow.

Try the cock-up splints Tracey I can tell you that you will get some relief.

Take care xxxxxxxxxxxxx:hug:Elaine xxx
Thank you Elaine. It was yours and Cathie's posts in my blog which prompted me to start this thread.

I just want to clarify that I am not in any pain. My mom had carpel tunnel in both her hands and she said it was agony. I don't have pain just constant non stop numbness and tingling which is really uncomfortable. Of course I don't want it to get to the stage where it becomes painful. xx
 

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injections will last for a period of time, about 8 weeks (depending on the accuracy of the injection by the specialist) ..... my ex ( a hairdresser has just stayed with me every weekend for the last 9 week) he had 3 lots of injections, then finally an operation to clear it up once and for all, there are varying degrees of what you define this condition (you must have it diagnosed), I scanned Tim's hand during the whole process and if you are indeed suffering to the degree where you need an operation, i will post the scans pictures and descriptions of the whole process and what he went through (and what i went through as his support partner) including the smashing of $1000 coffee table due to him thinking he was way better than what he actually was.

But this really has to be diagnosed by a specialist (rather than just having a sore hand after a days hard work) I have just experienced the whole scenario in the last 6 weeks what both partners went through (me ashis nurse)..... and the end results.

here's a start
http://www.nailzoo.com/before.jpg

http://www.nailzoo.com/during.jpg

http://www.nailzoo.com/after.jpg

he has actually fully recovered and is now working 9 hour days cutting hair, but it did take 10 weeks for full recovery (including physio), gradually getting back to normal. The scars look quite small (a very good surgeon) I have known people to be off work for almost 2 years when not done properly.

This recent scenario was an interesting period for me to go through and technically it is actually quite rare for a nail technician (although many complain of it).

Tim suffered because he is a left hander and was using right handed scissors with a loose fitting grip. His specialist told me (as I sat in on every consultation and me being the inquisitive person that I am) that as a nail technician, it wouldn't happen and it is merely "tired hands" and fatigue.

"Arthritis" and "Carpell tunnel" are 2 different things and shoud be dealt with differently, as is "Fatigue", his condition was also reffered to as "Trigger Finger". It's our elbows that can suffer.

I have mentioned in a few posts before about massaging with emu oil a few times a week, it is expensive and the pure stuff is the best ).

Google emu oil and it's properties, soon enough it will appear as an ingredient, many distributors have been put off by it's wholesale price (import duty probably.
 

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Don't have any experience of this myself, but can I suggest that you look into something called Bowen Therapy. Earlier this year I fell off my horse whilst jumping and dislocated my elbow.

Bowen Therapy was recommended to me and I had a course of treatments with fantastic results. The therapist chatted to me about a mutual friend who has CTS and commented that Bowen can be extremely effective in helping this condition. Don't know where in Hertfordshire you are but I am near Stansted airport (as is she) if you would like her number please PM me and I will pass it on.

Whatever you decide to do good luck and I hope you find something that works for you.
 

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i have had this for years ( not to much pain but the dreaded tingles) as a hairdresser and a nail tech it was difficult to deal with the numbness as it interfered with work, i had the op done and as long as you accept its gonna take 2 weeks before you can use your hand ( 8 yr old twins and a kevin and perry 12 yr old daughter i didnt accept this) its the best thing for carpol tunnel x
 

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my goodness i have just re read and looked at nailzoos thread the scar is SOOO differant from mine?>??
 

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