I don't think the carpal tunnel nerve extends to the pinky fingers, so any pain or numbness or tingling which you experience will not affect them if it is carpal tunnel. If the pain/and or numbness extends there, then it likely is something else.
I suffered with carpal tunnel for years, before it finally worsened to the point that surgery was my only remaining option. I was to the point where I'd drop things and not even realize I'd released them. Peeling potatoes was in impossible task (which I didn't miss at all ). I had nerve testing done on both hands to determine the extent of damage, as a confirmation of the diagnosis. It was such a relief after the wounds had healed to be able to do things I thought I'd never again be able to do.
However, there are things I cannot do now that I could prior to the surgery. It's nothing majorly significant, but I can no longer snap my fingers. I have a difficult time picking up tiny pills. My thumbs will barely meet my pinky and ring fingers (bringing tips together). It was a good trade-off, though.
I really worry about the recurrence of CPT, especially now that I've taken up knitting, since it's a repetetive movement task. I've spoken with people who've had multiple carpal tunnel correction surgeries. :shock:
I am very conscious about regularly stopping whatever I'm doing, whether it's using the keyboard at the computer, or knitting, to flex my hand and arm muscles.
I am fairly certain I now have arthritis in both hands. I have not yet been to a doctor for a confirmation diagnosis (no health insurance now ), but my hands ache terribly at times, especially when I first wake in the mornings. It's different than the pain I experienced with CPT, and there's no numbness or tingling, just the aching. I've wondered if I've developed arthritis as a result of the surgeries I had. :help: