Listed below are 10 symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome to be aware of
- Waking up with “sleeping” hands. Early symptoms often occur at night in one or both hands due to sleeping positions.
- Need to “shake out” your hands or wrist, especially first thing in the morning.
- Sensation of swollen or clumsy fingers, even though there is no obvious or very little swelling seen.
- Decreased grip strength. May be difficult to make a fist, pick up small objects or do other fine motor tasks.
- Pins and Needles. The feeling of tingling in your hand and/or fingers during the day.
- Hot and Cold. Sensation may be decreased so that you are unable to differentiate between hot and cold by touch.
- Pain in the arm and shoulder with hand swelling which increases at night.
- An occasional aching in the forearm between the wrist and elbow.
- Worsening numbness or pain while using your hand or wrist, especially when gripping with your hand or flexing your wrist.
- Persistent wrist pain with accompanying pain in the palm side of the hand, usually excluding the little finger as it is on a different nerve track.
Any of these symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome that occur consistently are a warning that you may be developing a problem and its time to look into carpal tunnel treatment options.