Nancy, I had CTS surgery 6 months ago. I still have pain in my hand. I'm hoping it's just the nerve taking a long time to heal. But I've greatly helped my shoulder pain doing trigger point massage. Also exercises to strengthen the chest and chang my rounded shoulders posture has helped. Dawn, it's wonderful that you were able to help yourself! My hand still hurts at night, for that I take a bag of frozen uncooked rice to bed and lay the carpal tunnel area of my hand on it. Good luck!