Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

What Causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

In order to deal properly with carpal tunnel syndrome we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.  We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow carpal tunnel syndrome to develop?"

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Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind carpal tunnel syndrome consists of three steps:

Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors

Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome.  For example, vitamin B6 need.

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
current birth control pill use
history of cysts in breasts
water retention before menstruation
Heberden's nodes
brittle fingernails
adult acne
high refined white flour consumption
slight tongue soreness
forgetting dreams
microcytic red cells
sensitivity to bright light
minor joint pain/swelling/stiffness
... and so on

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate problems with limbs, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Do you experience numbness, tingling, or burning sensations in your thumb and/or fingers, perhaps with pain in the wrists or hands and loss of grip strength? This is known as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Possible responses:
→ Never had it / don't know
→ Probably had it/minor episode(s) now resolved
→ Major episode(s) now resolved
→ Current minor problem
→ Current major problem
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either history of carpal tunnel syndrome or carpal tunnel syndrome, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as Vitamin B6 Requirement.
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