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Carpal Tunnel and Cubital Tunnel

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Following nerve study tests, I have been diagnosed with both cubital tunnel and carpal tunnel. This all began after I took a bad fall off a step on ice in February breaking my little finger just below the joint to the hand. I started having CTS symtoms shortly after the fall and surgery to repair the finger. Has anyone else out there developed carpal tunnel after a fall or trauma and has anyone had to have both the CuTS and CTS surgery at the same time?
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replied August 16th, 2009
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I believe that some people have had this happen, but someimes putting two and two together, may be a problem...You forget about the fall that you took that may have brought on this new pain...Weakening the muscles may have a lot to do with it, but you forget....

Hopefully someone wlse may be able to help you further on this....

Caroline
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replied August 27th, 2009
I had both surgeries done, (cubital and carpal tunnel decompression) at the same time 4 weeks ago. They are two different nerves, the ulnar nerve basically is pinched at the elbow, the median nerve is compressed or pinched at the wrist. My ulnar nerve was compressed in both wrist and elbow along with the CTS. It was determined that it was due to my job, slow injury. My doctor also told me that it can be due to any injury, the first thing they asked me is if I ever hand broken my hand or wrist.
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replied August 29th, 2009
Thank you for your responses. I had my surgery last week. I had the enoscopic Carpal tunnel release and the Cubital (ulnar) decompression. Workman's comp has declared it un related to the fall, but it just seems odd to me that I had no symptoms at all prior to the fall. I will continue to persue it with them. But, in the mean time, I think my post surgery progess is going pretty well...still uncomfortable, but I'm not really having any pain and the tingling and numbness are gone.
I have also been to the CuTS forum and agree it is also very useful. Up until my diagnosis I hadn't even heard of CuTS before.
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replied February 11th, 2011
hi there
i had a accident at work where i fractured my ring finger and little finger, after they healed they found that my accident also set off cubital tunnel and carpel tunnel. im having surgery for both of these in 4day and has been confirmed it was a work related accident, only happened because i broke my fingers, had no syptoms befor hand
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replied November 26th, 2012
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome after a fall
I also been diagnosed CTS after a recent fall. I did not break any bones, but put my hands out to break my fall. I am now in pain every single day and will be getting some cortisone injections shortly. If that fails, then i will most likely be having surgery
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replied January 7th, 2013
Cubital Tunnel Synd Carpal Tunnel Synd and RSD after fall
I am in the same boat. I started with the steroid injections but it only working for less than 48hrs. I then had a series of nerve blocks done to calm the RSD that developed after falling and having nerve compression for so long. I am now waiting to have surgery and of course workman's comp is saying the fall did not cause they injury even though there was nothing wrong with my hand and elbow before the fall and now my hand is completely numb and tingles throughout most of the day.
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replied January 7th, 2013
CTS is idiopathic
CTS is apparently idiopathic, which means no-one knows how it is caused.
All i know is that like lotus_robber, i had no symptoms whatsoever before falling over. My doctor now tells me that he does not recommend the cortisone injections, as this may damage the median nerve. I am off to see a hand specialist at the end of the month and will most likely have surgery.
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