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]

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