My husband had the same problem, no surgery though. He was told by his orthopedic surgeon that he had the worst case of carpal tunnel he had seen, in both arms. My husband's uncle, a retired physician, told him to not have surgery but to start taking 100 mg. of Vitamin B6 daily. He did and eventually had no pain at all. Apparently Vitamin B6 helps the nerves. It is worth a try.