The simplest definition of carpal tunnel syndrome is pain, tingling, and numbness in your hand because of pressure being placed on your median nerve. However, if you are dealing with the pain and discomfort produced by carpal tunnel syndrome, you know full well that this technical definition in no way describes what it means to live with carpal tunnel pain.Experiencing carpal tunnel syndrome pain often starts with numbness in your hands at night. At first, the numbness and tingling is a minor nuisance. However, it quickly turns excruciating, like pins and needles. You wake up and struggle to get the blood flowing through your hands again to relieve the pain.
The pain and discomfort get to the point where you decide to visit your doctor. After having a nerve test done, your doctor confirmed what you already instinctively knew, you were suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome. They explain to you some of the options that you have, including over-the-counter medications, injections, and carpal tunnel surgery.
After mulling over the options presented to you, maybe you decided that injections or prescription drugs were the best option. You feel relieved as the pain and numbness disappeared in the days and weeks after the injections. That relief quickly gave way to renewed frustration as your pain gradually reappeared.
The numbness and tingling that you feel in your thumb and your fingers can make it uncomfortable for you to do things like hold onto the steering wheel of your car or even hold your cell phone to your ear. Eventually, your carpal tunnel pain starts to affect your professional and your personal life.
Is Surgery The Best Option?
A few months have gone by since you had your first appointment with your doctor and since your first injection treatments. Yet your carpal tunnel pain has not subsided. It might have even gotten worse. You notice that your normal daily activities are restricted by carpal tunnel. The symptoms you experience include:
- Loss of Feeling in Your Fingers
- Loss of Coordination in Your Fingers or Hand
- Loss of Thumb Strength
- Sleep That Is Disrupted by Pain
Your doctor recommends surgery as the only option to minimize the pain. Surgery for carpal tunnel can be done in two fashions:
- Carpal tunnel release surgery will leave you with a visible scar and requires a long recovery but has less of a chance of complications.
- Endoscopic carpal tunnel release surgery offers quicker recovery time, smaller scars, and a quick pain reduction. The downside is that complications could develop that would require you to have another painful surgery.
For many patients, carpal tunnel surgery provides long-term pain relief. But this is not everyone’s experience. For some, carpal tunnel syndrome surgery just replaces one type of pain for another.
In the months following the surgery, many patients talk about how they still have the weakness, they still have the numbness, and they still have the pain.
The Emotional Impact of Carpal Tunnel Pain
Something that cannot be underestimated is the emotional impact that carpal tunnel pain has. Since carpal tunnel affects your ability to move your hands, it literally affects every aspect of your life.
- Has carpal tunnel pain caused you to quit your job?
- Are you worried that you may lose your employment because it?
- Are simple things that you used to do like brushing your child’s hair, carrying your groceries, or bathing no longer possible?
The toll this takes on you emotionally can be devastating. And what makes matters worse is that friends and family members who have never experienced carpal tunnel pain can’t understand what you’re dealing with.
They don’t understand that you may appear frustrated or irritable, not because you have a bad personality, but instead because you are operating every single day with a level of pain that would make most people cower in the corner. All of this can leave you feeling alone and isolated.
What We Do
We have years of experience working with clients who are dealing with the same types of pain you have. One thing that we have learned is that everyone’s pain is unique and cannot be compared to the pain of others. There are some symptoms that most carpal tunnel syndrome patients have in common, but the way those symptoms affect them are unique. For this reason, we treat all our clients with individualized and personalized care.
We do not assume that because we have dealt with carpal tunnel patients in the past, we know what you’re going through.
First, we listen. We want you to express your symptoms, and this is going to help us to build a treatment that is tailored to you and your needs.
Then, we will work with you to lay out a pain management therapy designed to provide short-term and long-term relief. When you walk out of our office after the initial consultation, you will have a clear idea of how we can help you, as well as what to expect every step of the way.
Carpal tunnel pain drastically affects your quality of life. Let us work with you to help you reduce the pain you experience and get back to living the life you deserve.