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Carpel Symptoms but not Carpel

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  • Posted By: bobwhite
  • November 21, 2010
  • 10:12 PM

A family member had severe carpel symptoms, had an operation. It did not help. Now she has symptoms in BOTH arms.
She has been to doctors who cannot diagnose the problem. Now she is in physical therapy for one arm, which is helping slightly.
I'm wondering if her being a vegetarian might at least be exacerbating the problem.

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  • A family member had severe carpel symptoms, had an operation. It did not help. Now she has symptoms in BOTH arms.She has been to doctors who cannot diagnose the problem. Now she is in physical therapy for one arm, which is helping slightly.I'm wondering if her being a vegetarian might at least be exacerbating the problem.The typical symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are numbness, tingling, pain in the hands - usually both, though asymmetric - with symptoms worse at night, awakening the person from sleep. If those are the symptoms, then carpal tunnel syndrome is probably the diagnosis; a nerve conduction test will confirm the problem. Most people are cured by surgery. Other problems can cause numbness and tingling in the hands - vitamin B12 deficiency, for instance, or a problem in the neck. If numbness and tingling are not present, then carpal tunnel syndrome is less likely, and there are dozens of things (arthritis, etc) which can cause hand pain.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 21, 2010
    • 10:42 PM
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  • Thanks for getting back. Since she already had surgery for carpel, I'm thinking the problem might be one of the others that you mentioned - especially the vitamin B12 deficiency. She became very irritable soon after she became a vegetarian, and irritability seems to be one of the symptoms.The typical symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are numbness, tingling, pain in the hands - usually both, though asymmetric - with symptoms worse at night, awakening the person from sleep. If those are the symptoms, then carpal tunnel syndrome is probably the diagnosis; a nerve conduction test will confirm the problem. Most people are cured by surgery. Other problems can cause numbness and tingling in the hands - vitamin B12 deficiency, for instance, or a problem in the neck. If numbness and tingling are not present, then carpal tunnel syndrome is less likely, and there are dozens of things (arthritis, etc) which can cause hand pain.
    bobwhite 20 Replies
    • November 28, 2010
    • 04:13 AM
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