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I have been experiencing what I think are carpal tunnel symptoms in my right hand over the past few days. I had my TAH on 11/16/01 and had infiltration problems in both hands and arms from the IVs. I had lots of discomfort from that. I know infiltration wouldn't lead to carpal tunnel, so I'm not insinuating that. BUT... now that the pain from the infiltration is gone, I still have numbness, tingling and strength loss in the hand. I ironed yesterday, and had to stop because it really hurt after awhile.
Anyway, I'm wondering if anyone else triggered carpal tunnel during menopause. Ladies? I know a good hand surgeon in town. Is that who I need to see? It seems menopause can be blamed for ANYTHING at all that goes wrong on a woman.
I have carpal tunnellsyndrome. Ideveloped mine when I was pregnant with my 11 year old. I was told I got it because of the extra hormones due to pregnancy. Why don't you call your DR. and see what he/she has to say about it. What you described sounds like carpal tunnell to me,but i'm not a DR. . gOOD lUCK
I think (having gone through some of this myself) that the problem might come from fluid retention. The carpal tunnel is this very narrow space with the major nerve for the hand running through it. If the tunnel swells, the nerve is pinched and the bad things happen (that's my understanding anyway).
So, hormones cause fluid retention. But also the infiltration problems might have caused some. The other connection I know about is that estrogen can create deficiencies in some of the B vitamins and magnesium--and B6 and magnesium have a lot to do with nerve health and fluid retention. I've found that taking them (and zinc) have made a big difference in how I feel.
My problems diminished to barely noticable after I wore those hand braces and took supplements. If it's infiltration, time would help, I would think.
Of course ask your doctor, but you don't have to rush to the surgeon first. There are steps you can take short of surgery that can make a big difference.
My carpel tunnel in the left hand started during my second pregnancy. The carpel tunnel in the right started after I had an IV on the right that was infiltrated. Plus the nurse had misplaced it and when I bent my hand or leaned on itto get up, it moved the catheter thingy directly onto the nerve.
SO now I have been blessed with both hands having it!
The tingly/pins and needles feelings and numbness just drives me crazy! The pain when I use the right one is horrendous and I have to stop.
I agree with our sister-magnesium and B-vits have helped a lot. But then so has wearing the wrist brace all night long . Then if I do my work first thing in the morning [ any physical labor anyway], it really helps the old hands last for it.
I also use some massage in the arms from the elbows down and lots of warm paks. It helps get the circulation going...I always follow with a cool pak so that the warm doesn't cause it to swell more.
Hope you feel better soon.
Thanks Peanut, Trish and Moe, I appreciate the helpful tips. I researched carpal tunnel a little, and read of the the wrist brace helping so many. Soooo, I bought myself one and have had excellent results. Not that I'm ready to use my hand all day at some tedious task mind you. But at least I can do the normal everyday tasks without pain.
My arms are still recovering from the infiltration. It seems to be taking forever. The rest of me has healed beautifully, thank goodness. So I'm feeling lucky compared to some of the sisters with more serious complications.
I haven't tried the vitamin supplements yet. If I take a multivitamin do I still need supplements? I'm not knowledgable in the least on supplements. I just bought a book on the subject so I can learn about them.
I won't be rushing to the hand surgeon soon. I just happen to know one in town and know she would give me extra special care. The hysterectomy was plenty of surgery to hold me over for the next 40 yrs or so!
I hope you are all doing well with your carpal tunnel symptoms. Thanks again for the information I'll be sure to store it in my brain. At least my brain doesn't need a brace overnight yet.