I have had the carpal tunnel surgery on both wrists. 1984. Carpal tunnel gave me electric shock like pain and numbness in my hands upon waking up. Severe tendinitis in my wrists. Severe pain when using my hands. RA causes my joints to swell and hurt but it has a different kind of pain. Achy and tender, and definitely swollen. Difficulty with fine motor skills but okay with gross motor skills.
I have had 2 EMG tests on my wrists. The first 1 was so painful and I could not use my arms for a day. The second test was given by a different doctor and was pain free. I have been told that ra can bring on carpal tunnel. If you tap the the wrist under the palm of your hand it will normally shoot pain up your hand if it is carpal tunnel. I have had the surgery in my right hand andneed it on my left but am putting it off until I can no longer stand the pain.
Yes it can be very depressing living in pain your mind wants to go 100 miles an hour but my body can only move at turtle speed the only thing that gets me through the day is that I think of the children that have to endure RA also and how tough life must be for them and I thrive from their strength I always think it could be worse I hope you have a pain free day
An orthopedic doctor sticks needles in your hands and arms to check the nerves in your hands its painful and they also do xrays when you have carpal tunnel the tingling and numbness gets worse at night they swell up and the pain is unbearable you drop things and constantly trying to shake out the numbness and tingling the only thing that alleviated my pain was surgery good luck to you!
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