I haven't officially been diagnosed with CTS yet, but it's very evident that this is what's going on. I am curious about medications I could try for this type of pain. I'm on Gabapentin for nerve damage, but it doesn't help for this. I've been researching CTS, and I've found that RH (rheumatoid arthritis) can cause CTS, which I do have, and that it's proven that Gabapentin does not work for CTS. Does anyone have any advice on Canadian medications or natural ways of treating this horrible issue?
I have CTS. I have been able to get away with out oral medication or surgery by wearing cockup splints at night when I sleep. And about every 2 years doing Occupational Therapy with Iontophoresis using the medication dexamethasone.
Iontophoresis is talking 2 pads one negative charge pad and one positive pad. The dexamethasone is a liquid and is placed on the negative pad (if I remember correctly) and placed on the inside of your forarm. The positive pad will just have some distilled water on it and placed on the heal of your palm. A small machine (kind of like a TENS unit) will regulate charge and pulse and everything. Once set and comfortable for you it runs about 10-15 minutes. The negative charge of the dexamethasone is driven way from the negative pad and drawn to the positive pad. It travels through the skin and muscle.
You will also do some flexing and they will work your wrist durring the time there (not durring the treatment) but it has helped me greatly. You need to call around for a therapy place that dose it. And then get a doctor to prescribe the dexamethasone. Ask the therapist place how much and dosage they require to get the right script you need.
I use an over the counter brace that I purchased at Target for 13.00. It is designed for tennis elbow and is made by futoro. My pain management doctor told me about it. It is warn just below the eldow but oddly enough it does relax my carpal tunnel syndrome. They also have braces to sleep in but I do not think I could stand that.
I covered the edges with soft fabric because I felt like it had sharp feeling edges. 10 minutes on a sewing machine. Also I throw it in the freezer for 15 minutes or so to chill the gel pressure point. Works really well for me.