Hi, i have tendon pain along the outside of all four of my limbs, focussed a lot on the knobbly bones that are present on the outside side of both wrists and angles.
My symptoms in general are very like what I read is common for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
There can be inflammation of the whole tendon, numbness in the outside digit, especially the little fingers, pain focussed on the wrist and ankles.
However, I have been told that the part of the hand/foot/ankle that is affected (the outer tendon) does not conform to typical Carpal or Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, which tends to affect (in the hands) the thumb and the other three digits.
I would like to ask
1.whether this sort of wrist/ankle tendonitis syndrome is widespread and recognised with a name or type of syndrome?
2. whether it is similar to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, or recognised as a variant that can be treated similarly ?
3.....and (very important) whether it can be treated with similar operation that is often undertaken to treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome ?
In the hands, carpal tunnel syndrome is compression of the median nerve within the carpal tunnel. This produces numbness and tingling in the radial digits (thumb, index finger, middle finger, and half of the ring finger).
Compression of the ulnar nerve within Guyon's canal will produce numbness and tingling in the small finger and half of the ring finger.
While inflammation of certain tendons can cause compression of the nerves, producing the neurological symptoms. However, carpal tunnel syndrome is not a disorder of the tendons.
The pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome is due to the ischemia of the nerve, not tendonitis.
So, again, while tendonitis can cause carpal tunnel syndrome, CTS is not a tendonitis.
If you are having significant problems with numbness and tingling in all four limbs, you also have to be concerned about a systemic neuropathy. The most common cause of systemic neuropathy is diabetes. Thyroid disorders can also cause systemic neurological symptoms.
You should speak with your physician about your concerns.