Carpal tunnel syndrome

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Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition that can cause pain, tingling, and numbness in the arm, wrist, hands and/or fingers. It is caused when the carpel tunnel opening in the wrist, which the median nerve travels through, becomes smaller and pressure is exerted on the nerve. Swelling/inflammation is the most common reason the carpal tunnel narrows. It can occur as a result of injury, pregnancy, or chronic illness, such as, hypothyroidism, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes.[1]

Prevalence[edit | edit source]

Dr. Jay Goldstein has reported carpal tunnel syndrome as "fairly common" in ME/CFS,[2] however there do not appear to be studies to support this view. Carpal tunnel syndrome is not listed as a comorbidity or symptom in the Fukuda criteria for CFS, or in the International Consensus Criteria or Canadian Consensus Criteria.

Potential causes[edit | edit source]

  • Dr. Karl Folkers posits that Vitamin B6 deficiency can cause carpal tunnel syndrome.[2]

Potential treatments[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

Fukuda criteria - The most commonly used diagnostic criteria for chronic fatigue syndrome, created by the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) - A fatigue-based illness. The term CFS was invented invented by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control as an replacement for myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). Some view CFS as a neurological disease, others use the term for any unexplained long-term fatigue. Sometimes used as a the term as a synonym of myalgic encephalomyelitis, despite the different diagnostic criteria.

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