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Anyone get carpel/cubital tunnel symptoms after back surgery?

WhatsTheJuiceWWhatsTheJuice Posts: 29
edited 08/31/2015 - 3:02 PM in Chronic Pain
I don't mean from the actual surgery, but has anyone who had a spinal fusion and spent the better part of 8-12 weeks lying on their backs, either using a computer, reading or texting a lot - holding the phone up and using it from a bad position, putting nerve compression on your hands and arms?

I think I did that. And now it feels like my left hand is a claw and my right hand isn't 100%. Saw a hand doctor and am just waiting to get back for another appointment for an EMG. I hate self-diagnosing that kind of stuff, and decided to see him, and he said it could be something. But it could also be temporary, right? Like did anyone else lay on their backs a lot and text/read and develop these side effects and pains?

I'm just wondering if it's something I may have just temporarily done and I need to change my lifestyle for a little, or if I could've caused severe damage in only that much time.

For the record, I'm 30, and I'm a writer, if that comes into play with typing and hand problems, etc. Someone told me I should wear an elbow brace while I sleep or type until my appointment.


  • My hand symptoms are getting worse every day at this point. I can't see the hand doctor until the 17th. I did order a protective sleeve off of Amazon.

    I've also been getting tremors in my hand when holding things.

    Anyone else?
  • Yes. A few months after L5 S1 discectomy I developed carpal tunnel. I play a musical instrument and use the computer for work. I wish you the very best. Get a hand specialist Physical therapist to teach the correct carpal tunnel release stretches and look into getting a brace that fits your arm properly. (They can make you one that is molded to your arm). Most drugstore ones do not fit the human arm well. Be very careful not to over use the arm. I still have it but it is better than it was. I hope that with rest, stretches, and ice your problem improves quickly. Good luck.
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