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Nov 04, 2015 9:32 PM

Ok so the doctor said my daughter had carpal tunnel syndrome and told her to wear a wrist brace, well I take a look at her hand it is swollen big time and tender to the touch. I gave her some aleve to hopefully take the swollen down. Can carpal tunnel syndrome cause this type of pain and swollen? Just some back information she fractured her hand a year ago, that's what brought on the carpal tunnel syndrome.

Nov 04, 2015 9:48 PM

Yes, carpal tunnel can cause swelling and tenderness. But I'm more inclined to suspect arthritis from the fracture? I have both carpal tunnel and arthritis in my hands, and I play piano. So my hands tend to swell and redden. I find that warm water soaks help most. Prayers for your daughter.

Nov 04, 2015 10:11 PM

Thank You Latch Tina, I have an ice pack on it as well, I am praying it work's!

Nov 04, 2015 10:15 PM

Umm, is it discolored? Red, blue, white...
Have they checked skin temp on different limbs?
Is it more muscle tension, or nerve(ish) tingling, itching, burning?
I'm 15, first doc diagnosed carpal tunnel but was wrong, also if you have an injury that lead to pain.
Sorry if this doesn't make any sense, but has she seen a neurologist?
I have CRPS (aka RSD) , and it sounds like there's a chance she could have it, but yeah could be a type of arthritis too.
I wore a wrist brace made from a sock, pie knife, and wrap bandages, and ironically it caused more stiffness, and numbness.
Idk, just of that doesn't seem quite right, ask questions, and research.
I hope she feels better soon!

Nov 04, 2015 10:16 PM

I had surgery to relieve my carpal tunnel syndrome. It was in both wrists. I don't recommend it. Make sure that the brace isn't to right. And, just from personal experience, if I wore the brace while only doing the things that aggravated it, it helped. If I wore them while watching tv or sleeping, my hands would swell. Sorry it took me a min to make that point. I'm in the midst of fibro dog + my MS is messing with my brain and I'm trying to settle my legs down. Cramping something fierce tonight.

Nov 04, 2015 11:12 PM

Ferritbandit, it was her neurologist who made the DX yesterday, he is really good and really through with everything.

Cearea, both(neurologist and myself) don't want her to go down that road either, she is only 13 and it may release the carpal tunnel syndrome it will eventually make her lose function in that hand.

I am concerned about that swelling and if it's still swollen in the am she will be missing school and she will going to either the ER or one with her orthopedic doctor if I can get her in.

Nov 05, 2015 7:15 AM

I was thinking the same thing ferritbandit was thinking because I have it too. I hope everything works out for her. She's so young :(

Nov 05, 2015 7:45 AM

Avoid it at all costs. She is so young and it is a traumatic surgery. It may be a small incision, but they do a lot in that small space. Hugs. Let us know how she is.

Nov 05, 2015 10:20 AM

Mopar,
I'm glad the doc has been helpful, but not everyone is willing to dx CRPS cuz it's similar to fibro in being a differential (no official test) dx.
CRPS started in my wrists, at 13, triggered by nerve issues and homework.
They use the nerve conduction test to figure out which nerves are firing, and how.
It is painful, but helpful.
But really, it's it a different color and temp? That, plus an injury, and swelling could suggest CRPS, and it's important to get a correct dx.
Idk, I'm just a bit worried.
Good luck, and I hope she feels better soon

Nov 05, 2015 8:30 PM

Moparmom, make sure the braces aren't strapped too tight. My surgery on my right hand really hasn't improved the problems, not totally. I do have scar tissue, and I still get pain, swelling, & tingling. 🙏🌼

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