Bodily Discomfort

Alistair McLean

I have CTS in both hands and arms. Normally, I wake 4 to 5 times during the night, do some shaking and get back to sleep for an hour or so if I'm lucky.

Some nights, thanks to a combination of exhaustion and too many Tramadol, I might sleep for 3 or 4 hours solid. When I do, I wake up with arms stiff and all the usual CTS symptoms. However, it also seems to be affecting the rest of my body.

It's difficult to explain but my body feels kind of unpleasantly tingly and my head is fuzzy and buzzing, like being stoned but not in a light headed way. It can last for 3 or 4 hours before I start to feel normal again.

I am absolutely certain that it is related to CTS but can find no evidence of it affecting others beyond the shoulders and neck.

Has anybody else experienced similar symptons?

I'm afraid to go to sleep because I know the night is going to be uncomfortable and disruptive. I'm afraid of sleeping for more than a couple of hours because the discomfort afterwards is not worth the sleeping.

I have a second operation on my left wrist on Wednesday after the first one failed over six months ago. If that works they will move on to my right wrist and I'm really not sure what to do if it fails. Right now, the pain, the sleeplessness and the constant discomfort make life absolutely pointless.

To be honest, I'm feeling pretty desperate right now. Is this what the rest of my life is going to be like?


Possibly the side effects of Tramdol rather than the CTS - it's not a good drug for CTS if that's what it's been prescribed for. Before launching into repeat surgery you really need to know hat your nerve conduction study and possibly ultrasound imaging results look like. I take it you are not a local East Kent patient of mine. JB

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