7 frequent signs of carpal tunnel syndrome


Numbness and tingling

One of the most common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome is numbness or a tingling sensation. It is often felt in the thumb, index, middle, or ring finger, but the little finger is usually unaffected, explains the Mayo Clinic.

The source also notes that the sensation may feel like « an electric shock. » It can also travel from the wrist to the arm. Although the sensation may occur occasionally, the source says that over time the numbing sensation may become more constant.

Painful burning sensations

As the condition worsens, the numbness may be overcome by what other people describe as shooting or burning pains. This pain is often felt in the forearm, wrist, hand and/or fingers.

Often the pain can come on suddenly and spread to the hand, wrist and/or forearm. If the pain becomes unbearable, try icing the area for immediate relief. Then you should contact your doctor for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

Hand cramps

Hand cramps, which can affect the palm, fingers, wrist and even up the forearm, are both irritating and extremely painful. They are also a key sign of carpal tunnel syndrome.

The best way to restore normal sensation is to shake and massage the fingers, palm and/or wrist to relieve cramping. However, be sure to do it gently.

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