Most Common Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a progressive, incurable disorder of the soft tissues inside your wrist joint. The most common symptoms and warning signs of carpal tunnel syndrome are well defined. However, many people and even doctors confuse those symptoms with wrist tendonitis. Know the most common symptoms and warning signs now and treat them quickly. 

A common finding in most people with carpal tunnel syndrome is that the numbness and tingling is somewhat relieved by shaking their affected hand. Many people are awakened at night and lose sleep because they feel a need to shake to their hands

Carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms usually progress over many weeks and months and, in some cases, years. If your symptoms are presently in just one hand, you can expect them (statistically speaking) to occur in the other hand as well. Patients with carpal tunnel syndrome pain in only one hand often show signs of nerve conduction abnormalities (using electrodiagnostic testing or EMG) in the pain-free “unaffected” hand. That’s a sure sign the process is beginning in that other hand.

The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome most frequently begin with numbness, tingling, burning or a combination of these sensations on the palm side of the index, middle, and ring fingers. Most times the thumb is more severe. Carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms almost never appear on the fifth (pinky) finger.

In time, the affected hand may become numb and patients might lose the ability to feel heat or cold. Patients may have a sense of weakness and begin losing grip strength and dexterity. They also have a tendency to drop things, and find they lose fine dexterity. There is a general clumsiness to the hand.

Some patients experience the sensation of swollen or puffy hands, even though there is no swelling visible. Having this symptom is usually an indication of severe carpal tunnel syndrome.

Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome may occur both when the hand is being used as well as during night when the hand is resting. In fact, waking up at night and losing sleep is a common complaint. Even in instances where work is suspected as the cause of the disorder, symptoms usually first begin outside of the workplace. In fact, carpal tunnel syndrome is usually distinguished from similar conditions like wrist tendonitis and repetitive strain injury because it generally is painful at night (after going to bed) and not just when the hand is active.

The root cause of carpal tunnel syndrome is tendon inflammation. To permanently alleviate such inflammation, merely removing pressure on the median nerve (like surgery attempts) is not enough. And it’s one reason for the high failure rate of carpal tunnel surgery. Only deep tissue myofascial release therapy can relieve the inflammation permanently because it drains fluid while also breaking the adhesions that cause the inflammation. It’s nearly 100% effective, but you need such massage expertly performed by a trained therapist daily and for 4 weeks. Or you can use Carpal Rx which is calibrated to perform this identical deep tissue massage on your wrist and forearm automatically, at home, and every day for 4 weeks.

So why visit a therapist repeatedly if you don’t have to?