Migraine and carpal tunnel syndrome likely connected

A recent study involving a 2010 survey of 25,880 adults suggested that people suffering from migraines are also more likely to suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), Medscape reported on May 12.

The research, which is said to be the first of its kind to find a correlation between migraine and CTS, found that individuals with CTS are 2.6 times more likely to suffer from migraines. Similarly, individuals suffering from migraines are 2.7 times at risk of developing CTS. The findings suggest that like CTS, migraines could be a result of nerve decompression around the neck or the head.

CTS is a type of neuropathy not uncommon among employees who perform repetitive tasks, such as those working in slaughter houses and manufacturing lines. CTS is associated with numbness, weakness, and a tingling sensation in the hands and arms.

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