The tingling sensation and waking up at night is usually relieved fairly quickly, as is any pain that is coming from the carpal tunnel. Numbness may take longer to be relieved, even up to 3 months. Surgery won’t help if carpal tunnel syndrome is the wrong diagnosis. When the carpal tunnel syndrome has become severe, relief may not be complete. There may be some pain in the palm around the incisions that can last up to a few months. Other after-surgery pain may not be related to carpal tunnel syndrome. Patients who complain of pain or whose symptoms remain unchanged after surgery either had severe carpal tunnel syndrome; had a nerve that was not completely released during surgery; or did not really have carpal tunnel syndrome. Only a small percentage of patients do not gain complete relief from symptoms.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a relatively common complaint caused by pressure on the median nerve. The median nerve is one of the central nerves connected to the hand, and when squeezed it causes pain and lack of functioning in the hand. This situation often occurs in people whose work leads them to make rapid hand movements in quick succession, for example, anyone who uses a keyboard, but it can also happen to pregnant women. If this condition is detected at an early stage, it can be effectively treated with something as simple as a wrist splint and an exercise routine. If the condition becomes aggravated, surgery may be required.