Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome often begin gradually and/or come and go. However, as the condition progresses the symptoms can become constant. The most common symptoms include:
Numbness and/or tingling on the palm side of the hand, thumb and fingers.
Pain (which can manifest itself as a burning sensation) in the hand, wrist or forearm. Often any activity that involves use of the hand or wrist will lead to an increase in pain.
Weakness: Over time the muscles around the thumb can shrink and lose strength (atrophy). This atrophy causes decreased grip strength, which results in difficulty grasping onto objects or forming a fist.
Although symptoms can occur at any time, they often begin to appear at night while sleeping or during the day when grasping an object (e.g., phone, steering wheel, or newspaper). When an individual first begins to have symptoms, shaking or moving the hands may help decrease symptoms and provide some temporary relief.