Do you have shooting pain, soreness or stiffness in your wrists? The words sound too terrible to be true – you may have carpal tunnel syndrome! Hopefully, this is not the case. But if it is, early detection will make it easier to treat. Recognize the warning signs, and you can get it beat before it beats you.
Signs Of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The main sign is a numbness and tingling in the thumb, pointing finger and middle fingers. You might also feel a little of it in your ring finger. If it’s already advanced a bit, there might also be pain along the “median nerve,” which goes from your wrist down the middle of your palm, and connects to the fingers there.
Another sign is that your hand and fingers seem to fall asleep easily. You’d expect your hands to go numb and tingly if you’d been sitting on them, but it often happens for apparently no reason at all.
It may be accompanied by a weakness in the hand, or cold feeling in the fingers. Sometimes it’s hard to grip things, and you may find yourself dropping things easily. In some cases, the tingling and numb feeling might come with a burning sensation, or sudden cramping.
These symptoms are often more painful at night. Sometimes, it’s so bad it wakes you up. This is tricky, because we all wake up with tingling and numb extremities where we’ve slept on them. If it’s painful, or if it seems to trouble these three fingers more than the rest of the hand, it might be carpal tunnel syndrome.
In serious cases, the numbness, tingling and pain may go up into the wrist and arm, and may even extend as far as the shoulder.
The Good News – It’s NOT Carpal Tunnel Syndrome!
Now for the good news – Here are the signs that your problem ISN’T carpal tunnel syndrome at all, but something else.
Is there’s numbness and tingling in only one hand? It will usually affect both hands, although one might be more affected than the other. If you’ve got pain in only one hand, it might be an injury or nerve trouble in just that hand.
If all you’re fingers hurt and not just the thumb, pointer and middle, this means you’ve got another problem. This affects the wrist, median nerve and these three fingers only.
Good thing it’s not carpal tunnel syndrome… but still, you’d better run to the doctor; it could be something worse! Whether you’re suffering from this or anything else, go and see a doctor immediately. The sooner you begin treatment, the easier it will be.
By Andrea Avery
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