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Continuing numbness after Carpal tunnel release

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Hi I had left CTR 4 months ago and intitially had relief from the numbness and the pain I was getting in my upper arm before my operation. A few weeks after the op the discomfort caused by the numbness at night whilst trying to sleep came back with a vengence, keeping me awake and causing me to take panadol pretty well every night. Is this normal and should it eventually settle down. I had my right hand done 7 years ago and I don't recall it took so long to settle, it was done by an orthopedic surgeon and the incision was half the length of the more recent hand which was done by a general surgeon. Thanks
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replied March 5th, 2012
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paleasa,

Your post is a little confusing. Some patients with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) will have referred pain to the forearm or even up to the shoulder.

But, CTS does not directly cause pain in the forearm or upper arm.

So, to have continued upper arm pain after the hand pain, numbness, and tingling is gone, means that something else is going on.



You may have some other nerve compression. Possibly thoracic outlet syndrome, brachial plexus problem, or cervical nerve root compression.


You should have it checked out by a hand surgeon, orthopedic surgeon, or a physiatrist (specialist in PM&R - physical medicine and rehabilitation).

Good luck.
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