HEALTH from A to Z – CARPEL TUNNEL SYNDROME!

Written by William for CrossDove Writers

While some like myself continue daily battles with a particular chronic illness such as COPD and severe Asthma, we also know that sometimes the wearing down of the human body from fighting one’s chronic illness may occasionally lead to the rising-up of other health issues. With that in mind, we find it important that we always stay familiar with other health issues so that they may not be overlooked due to our own daily battle.

So, we have ‘Health from A-to-Z’ and this week we talk about CTS or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome!

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a medical condition caused by the compression of the median nerve as it travels through the wrist at the carpal tunnel.  

CTS is also considered a health ailment that will affect a person’s use of hand, fingers and wrist due to the inflammation or irritation of the median nerve as runs underside one’s wrist going into the palm of the hand.

It is true that many may claim that repetitive movements like typing on a computer keyboard may cause CTS, it is a medical fact that it is not always the case and in fact is just part of the development of the syndrome.

It is noted by many papers on CTS that a variety of patient factors may lead to the development of the syndrome, including heredity, size of the carpal tunnel itself, association with local and systematic diseases, and certain habits. Non-traumatic causes generally will happen over a longer period of time and are not triggered by any one certain event, in fact many of these factors are simply the manifestation of physiologic aging.

There are several so-called symptoms which may cause a person to wonder if they have CTS, among those symptoms are:

  • Numbness, tingling, burning or pain primarily in the thumb and index, middle and thumb side of ring fingers.
  • Occasional shock-like sensations that radiate to the thumb and index, middle, and ring fingers.
  • A pain or tingling that may travel up the forearm toward the shoulder.
  • Feeling of weakness or clumsiness with the hand which in turn shows up with difficulties gripping and holding tools, pens, eating utensils, and other objects.

Many times, the first noticeable symptoms typically start gradually and during the evening or nighttime hours after one is finishing out their day

Can CTS be treated without surgery? Yes, it can be. Among the non-surgical treatments would be wearing a wrist splint, using anti-inflammatory drugs, exercise and corticosteroids. Wearing a wrist splint can hold the wrist still, something which is helpful while a person is sleeping. Anti-inflammatory drugs such as Advil or Motrin are available to help alleviate some of the pain caused by CTS.

Another treatment one could use for the numbness and pain of CTS would be to use a cold compress. Simply putting a few ice cubes in a small towel and applying it to your hands and/or wrist for 10-15 minutes normally will help with both swelling and inflammation.

Most in the medical community have found insufficient evidence that solving CTS can be done using ultrasound, yoga, lasers, B6 Shots or exercise therapy.

When there is static or constant numbness, muscle weakness, or atrophy where night-splinting or other interventions no longer seem able to control intermittent symptoms, then surgery may be the best option.

Having surgery for CTS can be done with either local or regional anesthesia or without sedation, or under general anesthesia.

While milder cases of CTS can be controlled for months or even years, the more severe cases of unrelenting symptoms will require the ‘carpal tunnel release’ surgery where the surgeon goes in and releases the transverse carpal ligament.

When one has trouble using their hands, it will cause all sorts of problems in daily living and should be taken seriously with a trip to your physician and maybe a specialist. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a health issue that is very workable and curable if you take charge of the situation.

And that folks, is a quick grip on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome as our Health A-to-Z.

            BE AWARE – if you or anyone you know have any symptoms similar to our discussion of the day, and they linger over and over to the point of disrupting your daily lifestyle – then please see or talk to your physician and ask questions while being honest about the symptoms, and then make a game plan to clear them up.

            With that we bid you Good Day from Mr. William, wheezingaway.com and CrossDove Writers.

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NOTE TO REMEMBER: We only give descriptions and highlights of various aspects that involve COPD, Asthma and/or any other Chronic Illness or health issue – and no way do we ever want our information to be considered medical treatment type of information, always consult your physician or medical specialist for more, clearer and more medical founded information.

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