Diabetes and carpal tunnel syndrome

By 01misspearl Latest Reply 2014-01-24 10:53:55 -0600
Started 2014-01-14 18:35:55 -0600

It's been awhile since I have posted
Bg levels are good wont know my a1c till next month
But back in November I was told I had carpal tunnel in my left arm
Today went back to doctor to do next step which is most likely surgery
I also found out that having diabetes can promote this

I was wondering of any other diabetics have had carpal tunnel and if so what can I expect my bg's to do

10 replies

8 toe jpe
8 toe jpe 2014-01-24 10:53:55 -0600 Report

I am type 1 amd have trouble with carpel tunnel thumb and two fingers go numb and ache while driving. I usedto hold them up then down but have found if I catch it before its too bad self hypnosis works I keep saying my hands are warm my hands are warm its a form of biofeedback that allowd you to train yourself to increase circulation thus waking the nerves

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-01-14 19:49:18 -0600 Report

I have had carpal tunnel in my left wrist longer than I have had diabetes and it doesn't have any effect what so ever on diabetes unless you have neuropathy in your hands and if you have pain from the carpal tunnel. Mine flares up when it is cold and damp out. About 10 years ago I had surgery on my thumb twice and it caused arthritis. The orthopedic surgeon I had ordered the Orthopedic Therapist to make me a brace to sleep in at night after my thumb was healed. I did that for about two years and now I don't seem to have a problem with it.

dagger1234 2014-01-14 19:29:50 -0600 Report

I've been having carpal tunnel pains on and off but not often enough to complain about it. I do have lightning strike pains in the palm of my hands though. Is it the same thing??? I'm not sure.

I'm starting to think everything complicated with your health has to do with diabetes. Diabetes is a disease and with a diseases, there are other health issues we need to keep in check. I'm going to hate waiting another month to see a doctor but if my case with my low blood sugars doesn't go down and Etc, I will set up another doc appointment. :(

101 Diabetics
101 Diabetics 2014-01-14 19:04:41 -0600 Report

I have never heard that one, but I am still new to all of this.

I have had mild carpal tunnel for about 20 years. I was only recently
diagnosed in 2013 with Diabetes.

Maybe someone else can chime in with more information on this.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-01-15 11:23:00 -0600 Report

101 same here. The only thing I have seen is that if you have neuropathy in your hands, you can develop carpal tunnel. It will not have an effect on your blood glucose levels. I have had Carpal Tunnel for about the same time and was diagnosed with diabetes in 2008. I know it has no effect on blood glucose.

101 Diabetics
101 Diabetics 2014-01-15 11:26:01 -0600 Report

Thanks for the reply, Just Joyce!

There are so many things I don't know, and I'm willing to learn all I can to ensure my family's and my good health.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-01-15 11:29:59 -0600 Report

101, the most important thing to do is to always ask your doctor questions about your medical health and follow his health instructions.

Friends, family and forums are not medical doctors and have no idea what your health problems are or how to treat them. Educating yourself, making lists of questions to take with your on your doctors visit is the best way to go.

Most doctors respect informed patients if they can ask questions based on what they have learned or are learning. The doctor knows that you are playing an active role in your health care.

You will be fine as long as you are doing what works best for you.

Glucerna 2014-01-15 20:30:38 -0600 Report

Joyce, I really like your comment that most physicians and health professionals respect informed people who ask questions. In fact, the best physicians and health educators I've worked with loved to get questions from people and were very willing to look for more information. I found a 2002 report on diabetes and carpal tunnel here: http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/25/3... Definitely talk with your doctor about how diabetes can impact carpal tunnel as well as recovery from surgery. ~Lynn @Glucerna