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:
numb/burning/tingling extremities
low B6 levels
water retention before menstruation
slight tongue soreness
high sensitivity to bright light
refined white flour consumption
forgetting dreams
joint pain/swelling/stiffness
current birth control pill use
discontinued non-human estrogen use
microcytic red cells
Heberden's nodes
... 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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