I have diabetes type 2 and a bad case of carpal tunnel syndrome. Can I have a carpal tunnel release seeing that I have diabetes?

The jury's not all in on this one. Some studies show better results after carpal tunnel surgery for patients who don't have diabetes. A recent report from Italy shows no difference between patients with and without diabetes after carpal tunnel release. All patients in the study had rapid relief from painful symptoms.

Talk to your doctor about this. There may be special things to think about depending on your particular situation. It can depend on the cause of the carpal tunnel syndrome. If it's pressure on the nerve for any reason, you have a good chance for recovery. Damage to the nerve from the diabetes may not respond as well.