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getting the runaround from workers comp

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  • Posted By: mjwelder
  • March 17, 2007
  • 07:44 PM

After experiencing steadily increasing pain and numbness in both my hands, wrists, forearms, and a trip to emergency b/c of exruciating pain in one arm (I slept on it wrong), receiving a splint on that arm for a week,My doc finally made an appt with a neurologist. Nerve conduction tests confirmed severe carpal tunnel in both wrists. Surgery is needed to correct it, doc wants it done asap.

Doc told me it was definately work related, and to make a claim. I am a welder (female) and use power tools which cause vibrations.

Workers comp denied my claim. Said that I wasnt at my job long enough to get cts. I must have had it before. I probably did, but, not debilitating as it is now.

Also, workers comp doctor said that my carpal tunnel symptoms could also be caused by medication that i am taking. I have ADD and take dexedrine. Have been for almost 2 years. My ct symptoms have been severe for the past 6 months or so, although I have had "tired" wrists, some tingling and aching on and off for the past 15 years.

Has anyone ever heard of dexedrine causing carpal tunnel symptoms? I have googled every word combination I can think of, and can find no info to support this.

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