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Topic Title: Carpal Tunnel and Raynaud's
Topic Summary: Can carpal tunnel surgery alleviate Raynaud's?
Created On: 12/18/2007 11:40 AM
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 12/18/2007 11:40 AM
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Lowell

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I read somewhere (I don't remember where, so I can't vouch for the source) that carpal tunnel problems can cause or at least aggravate Raynaud's, and that surgery for carpal tunnel can alleviate Raynaud's. I have carpal tunnel bad enough to look into the surgery, and am wondering what the group might tell me about possible Raynaud's benefits.

Lowell

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 12/18/2007 01:22 PM
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Judith

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Hi Lowell, and welcome to the Raynaud's Association forum.

I haven't dealt with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), so I can't share any personal experience on this subject. I have, however, seen a few articles claiming that there is a relationship between CTS and Raynaud's. What's confusing is I've seen three different theories expressed:

1) that CTS can be a cause of Raynaud's
2) that Raynaud's can lead to CTS
3) that both conditions can be caused by the same trigger (such as repetitive trauma)

With all of the conflicting studies and assertions, I'd say there aren't enough clear findings to draw conclusions at this point.

Should you decide to have the surgery, I hope it brings you relief.

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 12/18/2007 02:04 PM
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Sarah

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I agree with Judith that there is confusion as to whether CTS is a cause of Raynaud's.

This article on CTS by the American College of Rheumatology does mention that Raynaud's and CTS share the symptoms of numbness and burning but that in CTS the three color changes are not seen.
http://www.rheumatology.org/pu...rpaltunnel.asp?aud=pat

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Secondary Raynaud's with a connective tissue disease
 12/19/2007 09:18 PM
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Lowell

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Judith, thanks for the welcome and the information.

Sarah, I've never heard of color changes with CTS, and the numbness that I experience with CTS is a tingling that is utterly unlike Raynaud's. The feeling is more as if I had held my hands on a rapidly vibrating object for a long time, and my hands kept feeling like they were vibrating when I removed them. As for what I experience with what I call Raynaud's (no doctor has ever tested me for Raynaud's, and the internists I go to for general care simply take my word that that's what I have), my fingers simply feel like normal digits would feel if greatly chilled, except there are those lines of demarcation which varies from finger to finger at which the chills stops. Then, of course, my fingers hurt like heck when I warm them back up.

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 12/20/2007 08:02 AM
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Sarah

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Lowell

It sounds from your description that you may have both. But by the definition of Raynaud's being a condition that occurs when exposed to cold or stress, I doubt that you would be rid of Raynaud's attacks by having carpal tunnel surgery. The two are different conditions.

The confusion for me is that I have read articles about Raynaud's causes where CTS is mentioned as a cause but it states that the affected hand may become more susceptible to cold temperatures and episodes of Raynaud's.

Does the above sentence mean CTS causes Raynaud's? Will surgery help? It would be interesting to know what a doctor experienced with CTS would answer.

Sarah

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 12/21/2007 10:00 AM
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Earl

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Lowell, I have been dealing with Raynauds for many years. In May of this year I had CTS surgery on my right hand. There is no change in the Raynauds.
 12/21/2007 02:59 PM
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Lowell

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Thanks for sharing your experience, Earl. Did the surgery help your CTS, and how long was the recovery time? You can write to me individually if you would like since CTS is off-topic. I'm at twodog@clearwire.net

Sarah, I definitely think I have both. I apparently failed to make that clear. As I understand it, the cause of Raynaud's is often unknown. This implies that CTS could be A cause or at least a contributing factor, and that treating the CTS (where it is the cause or contributing factor) might also treat the Raynaud's. I wouldn't have surgery for CTS BECAUSE I thought it would help Raynaud's, but my CTS is sufficiently bad that I might end up having surgery anyway.

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Lowell
 12/21/2007 03:12 PM
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Judith

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Lowell, it's your choice of course as to whether or not you post your private e-mail address, but we generally advise that you not do so.

As an alternative, members who would like to communicate amongst themselves may use the Private Message facility available on this forum. That will enable you to talk with one another without revealing your personal contact information.

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Judith
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 12/22/2007 02:32 PM
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Lowell

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Thanks for the tip, Judith.

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 01/06/2008 08:22 AM
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Jenni5ft

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Hello Lowell,

I have just joined this site an hour ago. I was told a year ago i had raynaud's, but didnt really bealive it until i saw the specialist. Anyhow.......i also have carpol tunnel....I didnt get carpol tunnel until months after being told the first time i had raynaud's. I am going in for surgery on Jan 18th...as the pain in my hands are too bad........now im not sure if the pain in my hands from carpol tunnel or raynaund's, all i know is it keeps me awake at night. Hopefully after my surgery, i will know more, see how my hands feel afterwards. anyhow i hope all works out for you!
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