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    ramona_smith Posts: 1, Reputation: 1
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    Oct 21, 2013, 07:22 PM
    Carpal Tunnel
    Hello my name is Alicia, and I am a 21 year old college student. I just got my black belt in taekwondo yesterday, so I am quite physically active. I got to taekwondo three to four times a week consistently. My BMI is 23.4, so I am within the norm for my age group. I do not smoke at all, but I do drink coffee at least once a day. There is no chance at all that I am pregnant because I have never had sex. I do not work in a factory, nor do I work with vibrating machinery. I have been feeling pain/ discomfort/ tingling in my right wrist/ hand for a few weeks now. I went to the doctors office about it, and the Physicians assistant told me that I have carpal tunnel. I agree that I meet some of the symptoms, but one thing that I find odd is that the pain came on fast. It was like one day I didn't feel pain, and the next day I did. My wrist has been hurting/ tingling pretty consistently since the day it started. I have been reading up on carpal tunnel, and I have questions as to whether it really is carpal tunnel or not.
    I was looking on this website.

    http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/carpal-tunnel/ss/slideshow-carpal-overview

    One of the slides that caught my attention is the fifth one. It is asking whether it is carpal tunnel or something else that has similar symptoms? It came to my attention that different injuries can have the symptoms of carpal tunnel. One of the conditions that they list off is rheumatoid arthritis of the thumb or wrist.

    I am going to tell you a little bit about past injuries. I had back problems for about three years constantly, but now those constant symptoms have died down. The only time I feel pain in my lower back/ shooting pain down my leg is when there is going to be a big hurricane in america, tornado in nearby states, when the weather is going to bad locally, or when it gets really cold. I went to physical therapy a couple of years ago for my back, and I told my physical therapist that I felt pain only when the weather was bad. My therapist told me that I could have a slight case of arthritis in my back. I decided to look into that a little with my doctor, and he had me take a blood test. It came back negative, but I am still wondering if I have arthritis because I feel pain in my back and knee within three days of most storms/ in the cold.

    Basically I am wondering if I am out of my mind thinking that my wrists could have arthritis in it? And whether I should consult with my doctor and take another blood test to see whether if I have arthritis or not?
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    Oct 22, 2013, 03:29 AM
    Any part of your body can have arthritis, ramona. The diagnosis of carpal tunnel is a possibility too but a proper diagnosis for that ailment is done by a neurologist with specific equipment, mild electrical shock equipment to be exact, testing the nerves in your elbow down to your hand.

    Many, many people suffer from arthritis. A blood test could pinpoint rheumatoid arthritis, so yes, I think you should have another blood test.

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