Carpal Tunnel symptoms worsening...
I stumbled onto your Web site yesterday in my search for answers as to why my carpal tunnel is progressively getting worse--to the point that I'm desperate. Let me give you a brief background: I first developed carpal tunnel syndrome in my right wrist and hand during my last pregnancy 17 years ago. The Ob/Gyn assured me that it would go away after birth. Well, it never went away. I have been sleeping with a wrist brace for 17 years, but for most of that time my right hand only went numb at night and would be fine upon arising, so it was tolerable. It never bothered me in the daytime.
A couple of years ago, my doctor put me on bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. She tested me because I was experiencing chronic Candida that was flaring up at certain times in my cycle. My Testosterone was "abysmal", my progesterone was extremely low, but my estrogen was in the low end of the normal range. I did great for a year and felt better, but went back for new testing last year. She changed my doses and had me start taking DHEA and Pregnenolone. Within 2 days after starting the new regimen, my carpal tunnel was off the charts and now it was both hands! It has been so bad for the last 14 months, that I have nearly lost my mind. I went back to my doctor, but she said that carpal tunnel was the least of my worries and that some acupuncture would take care of it. Early 2014 I started acupuncture. It helped temporarily, then stopped working. I tried a different Acupuncturist to no avail. I stopped the DHEA. I also tried stopping the Pregnenolone. I went to a Chiropractor. I've used Essential oils for circulation. I sleep with a splint on both arms. I've tried rounds of N-saids and MSM to see if it was due to inflammation. Now it is so bad that I cannot sleep. My hands start going numb when I lay down and by 3:00 a.m. feel like they are on fire with shooting pains in my fingers. My forearms ache non-stop. Now, my hands go numb in daytime if I type or write. I have an appointment with a hand surgeon on Feb. 5th, but am desperate for relief. Hence my on-line searches which led me to your site yesterday.
After reading your information, I went home and checked my creams. Surprise! I discovered that my Progesterone Cream is combined with Bies! I am also using Estriol! So, I'm concluding that the change my doc made was to up my Estrogen when I was already Estrogen dominant and that's why everything spun out of control. I went to the organic natural grocery store last night and bought Progesterone cream 25 mg, and put on 4 pumps last night--right on my forearms, wrist, and hands. I set it by my bed and put on another pump around 3 a.m. I can say that my symptoms were perhaps 40% better. My hands went numb, but not until the wee hours of the morning and the burning was much less.
I have a question: should I proceed with the surgery appointment? Is Carpal tunnel release indicated for symptoms that are hormone caused?