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 controversial term, invented by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, that generally refers to a collection of symptoms as “fatigue”. There have been multiple attempts to come up with a set of diagnostic criteria to define this term, but few of those diagnostic criteria are currently in use. Previous attempts to define this term include the Fukuda criteria and the Oxford criteria. Some view the term as a useful diagnostic category for people with long-term fatigue of unexplained origin. Others view the term as a derogatory term borne out of animus towards patients. Some view the term as a synonym of myalgic encephalomyelitis, while others view myalgic encephalomyelitis as a distinct disease.

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