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Not too long ago I had an EMG for upper extremities, testing for cervical radiculopathy. I was DXd with bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome, specifically loss of sensation in my fingers/hands.  They prescribed wrist braces for both.

I have been dealing with loss of feeling and some pain in my hands.  Also noticed that I have been dropping things that I didn't used to have problems with...nothing big, but small stuff, pens, pencils, papers, small toys, nothing requiring strong grip to hold onto.

About midway through my 6 year enlistment I was in a MVA, and injured one of my wrists when the steering wheel whipped around.  I went to the base clinic and had it documented.  It hurt for a month or two, but I don't recall if I had to wear a splint.

Do I have a legitimate claim with this? If so, should I file a FDC, since it was the VA who DXd me with the carpal tunnel?

Semper Fi

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Andyman,

           This is getting weirder by the minute bud. I have carpal tunnel too but as you can see DENIED!!!

If you have documentation in your SMR then go for it but as you can see i had pains everywhere and still think i have arthritis in every joint because i hurt all over but nothing specific in my SMR about wrists so DENIED.

arthritis, right wrist (also claimed as right hand fractures with carpal tunnel syndome and chronic tenosynovitis)   Not Service Connected    
joint pains claimed as undiagnosed illness due to Gulf War   Not Service Connected    
         
status post left inguinal hernia repair (claimed as hernia) 0% Service Connected   09/16/1995
major depressive disorder, moderate recurrent (claimed as memory loss as due to an undiagnosed illness) (claimed as Persian Gulf Syndrome) 50% Service Connected   06/19/2013
joint pains (hands) as due to an undiagnosed illness (EPTS) (claimed as Persian Gulf Syndrome)   Not Service Connected    
arthritis, left wrist (also claimed as right hand fractures with carpal tunnel syndome and chronic tenosynovitis)   Not Service Connected
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3 hours ago, Andyman73 said:

Not too long ago I had an EMG for upper extremities, testing for cervical radiculopathy. I was DXd with bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome, specifically loss of sensation in my fingers/hands.  They prescribed wrist braces for both.

I have been dealing with loss of feeling and some pain in my hands.  Also noticed that I have been dropping things that I didn't used to have problems with...nothing big, but small stuff, pens, pencils, papers, small toys, nothing requiring strong grip to hold onto.

About midway through my 6 year enlistment I was in a MVA, and injured one of my wrists when the steering wheel whipped around.  I went to the base clinic and had it documented.  It hurt for a month or two, but I don't recall if I had to wear a splint.

Do I have a legitimate claim with this? If so, should I file a FDC, since it was the VA who DXd me with the carpal tunnel?

Semper Fi

i can't answer your question andy. but many years ago, i was diagnosed with moderate bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome. i had the release surgery on the left but never the right, as the problem resolved itself. that was 2000 and no symptons since. i can also tell you my surgery was great. one thing about the gainesville, fl va is they get doctors from shands rotate through. the resident who did my surgery left me with a neat scar that looks like its part of my love lines. you wouldn't have known i had surgery unless i told you!!

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Guess I will have to put it together and see what happens.  At least it was the VA that DXd my carpal tunnel. I was getting the EMG for cervical spine issues.  I don't have the pain type carpal tunnel, I get the numbness, and general lack of feeling. 

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On 5/13/2016 at 5:44 AM, Andyman73 said:

Guess I will have to put it together and see what happens.  At least it was the VA that DXd my carpal tunnel. I was getting the EMG for cervical spine issues.  I don't have the pain type carpal tunnel, I get the numbness, and general lack of feeling. 

when the va did an emg for my carpal tunnel, they also did one for my servical spine. the hands were positive but the neck was negative!!

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My neck came back as suggestive of but not diagnostic of cervical radiculopathy.  Which is their way of saying yep, but nope.

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