Tell Tale Signs That You Have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms can develop gradually over time. The first sign of carpal tunnel is just a slight or dull ache in your wrist or hand.
You need to be aware of changes in sensation, such as burning or tingling in the palm of the hand and the fingers, especially the thumb, index, middle, and one-half of the ring finger.
Carpal tunnel sufferers frequently report tingling at night, but as the carpal tunnel symptoms worsen, you may experience tingling during the day. As the symptoms progress, the tingling and burning may eventually result in total numbness.
Now, don’t get confused if are experiencing tingling or numbness in your pinky finger or little finger. People who suffer from Carpal tunnel syndrome do not suffer with this symptom. Carpal tunnel sufferers also experience pain asa symptom. You may first notice this at night when you are sleeping. Your wrist may be in a flexed position, this is not normal!
You may feel the need to shake out your hand or wrist to get some temporary relief. As your day goes on, the pain may increase in intensity and severity.
Your symptoms may be magnified by performing simple, everyday tasks such as holding your phone, reading, driving for extended periods of time or extensive typing on your computer.
If you allow your carpal tunnel syndrome to go untreated, your symptoms will become more frequent and debilitating, to the point where it impacts your daily life. Again, if left untreated, you may start to experience pain in your arm.
Other signs and symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome may include:
* Fumbling and clumsiness, dropping things frequently.
* Fingers feeling useless and swollen (even though little or no swelling is apparent)
* Decreased grip strength, making it difficult to form a fist, grasp small objects, or perform other manual tasks
* Difficulty telling the difference between hot and cold by touch.
In severe carpal tunnel syndrome cases, the muscles at the base of the thumb will waste away.
So there you have it…the top signs and symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. If you are experiencing any or all of these symptoms, don’t panic…
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