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Recurring sharp pain in hands and fingers, difficulty in holding things, suspicion of carpal tunnel syndrome. Treatment advise?

Hi My father is 68 years old about 3 months ago he woke up with severe electic shock pain in both hands all fingers and thumbs, he cant hold a cup, flush a toilet, put socks on etc the pain is 27/7. We were told its possibly carpul tunnel syndrom, but im unsure that it is as it came on so sudden and is affecting ALL the fingers and tumbs in BOTH hands. Please can you help or shed some light on it, Thanks Tammy
Tue, 8 Apr 2014
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I would recommend you to get EMG test of your father's hand . if there is any compression on median nerve then diagnosis will be confirmed. I have slight doubt though as Carpel tunnel is a disease of female in 40. So just check this out. I would also want to rule out if there is any vitamin B 12 deficiency. Also rule out any cerbrovascular accident by showing him to neurologist.
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