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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Receiving Social Security Disability

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Carpal tunnel syndrome develops when the median nerve, which lies in the carpal tunnel and runs from your forearm into your hand, becomes squeezed or pressed at your wrist.  This happens when the carpal tunnel, which is a rigid, narrow passageway of ligament and bones at the base of your hand, becomes even narrower due to swelling or thickening. The result can be numbness, weakness or pain in your hand and wrist that radiates up your arm. Painful sensations may indicate other problems, but carpal tunnel syndrome is the most widely known and common of the entrapment neuropathies in which your body’s peripheral nerves are traumatized or compressed. Many people think that carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by sitting and working at a computer keyboard for long periods of time. There is not much evidence to support this belief, however. Carpal tunnel syndrome is probably the result of a combination of things that increase pressure on the median nerve and tendons in the carpal tunnel. Several other things may contribute to the development of carpal tunnel syndrome. These include: §  Rheumatoid arthritis (link to page Rheumatoid Arthritis and Disability) §  Hypothyroidism §  Injury or trauma to your wrist that causes swelling §  Overactivity of the pituitary gland §  Fluid retention during pregnancy or menopause §  Repeated use of vibrating hand tools §  Development of a tumor or cyst in the canal. In some cases no cause can be found for carpal tunnel syndrome. The effects caused by carpal tunnel syndrome usually start gradually. Itching, numbness, tingling or burning in the palm of your hand and fingers are some of the effects that you may have. These signs usually begin at night. As the effects get worse, you may feel tingling during the day. A decrease in grip strength is another indication of carpal tunnel syndrome. If carpal tunnel syndrome is not treated or becomes chronic, the muscles at the base of your thumb may completely deteriorate. Normally, carpal tunnel syndrome would not be something that would qualify you for disability benefits because it is of a temporary nature. However, if condition is an indication of a more serious problem, like rheumatoid arthritis, or you have other disabling conditions; you may be disabled and need financial assistance. If this is the case, where will you get the financial help that you need? Who will help you? Have you applied for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits from the Social Security Administration because of the disability caused by carpal tunnel syndrome? Were you denied? You may intend to appeal the denial by the Social Security Administration. If you do, remember this. You will need the help of a good disability lawyer like the one at in this process. This is true because people who are represented by a knowledgeable disability attorney are approved more often than those without a lawyer.