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Signs of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome & Tendinitis
Do you live with hand pain every day? Maybe you have tingling, burning, aching or numbness in your fingers, too. These are some of the hallmark signs of carpal tunnel syndrome. But they can also mean you have wrist flexor tendonitis instead. Knowing how to identify the symptoms is the first step in tackling the problem. Only then can you properly treat it.
Other conditions have similar signs
The signs of carpal tunnel syndrome are similar to those of flexor tendonitis. In fact, De Quervain’s tenosynovitis is often confused as wrist tendonitis. But De Quervain’s tenosynovitis only affects the thumb tendons.
Carpal tunnel syndrome and wrist flexor tendonitis are medically different conditions. But their symptoms can be similar. That’s because they share a common factor; tendon inflammation.
Scientists believe that either condition comes from repetitively stressing your hand. As a result, tendons inflame and swell. But the similarities between carpal tunnel syndrome, wrist tendonitis, and De Quervain’s tenosynovitis end. That’s because of what makes the symptoms appear and how you notice them.
Moreover, every person is different and will experience symptoms and warning signs differently. However, certain symptoms overlap from one condition to the other. So be familiar with them!
Signs of carpal tunnel syndrome
Usually this condition happens when you repetitively straining your hands. But that’s not a rule. Scientists believe that no matter how much you stress your hand, you’re either prone to getting carpal tunnel or you’re not. However, it’s clear that if you have the tendency to get it, stressing your hand will bring it on. Your daily activities play a big role in your risk of getting carpal tunnel. In fact, there are certain jobs causing carpal tunnel you should know about. For instance, hair styling & carpal tunnel are a common problem.
You can perform a simple carpal tunnel test on yourself to determine if you have this condition. It’s highly reliable. In fact, it’s also the very same test hand specialists use in their office.
Specific signs of carpal tunnel syndrome
Generally, these warning signs and symptoms follow a specific pattern. Again, they could be different for you compared to somebody else.
- Usually, signs begin with mild numbness or tingling in the fingers or hand – but never in the little finger. Usually, the thumb is worse. Sometimes pain is the first symptom you see, but it’s less common. Also, you might feel coldness or warmth in your fingers or hand.
- When carpal tunnel advances without treatment, the signs of carpal tunnel syndrome also progress. Usually, tingling and numbness will wake you at night. In fact, you feel the need to shake out your hands for relief.
- As the condition continues untreated, symptoms will come and go during the day as well. Pain worsens, and the numbness or tingling persists more strongly. Hands may feel clumsy or weak. It may be difficult to tie shoelaces, button a shirt, or pick up coins. You may be dropping objects. In general, you begin to lose grip strength and dexterity. You will begin to lose sensations of hot and cold in your fingers.
- In more advanced stages, the signs of carpal tunnel syndrome worsen further. Symptoms will persist into the day and not subside. You lost all temperature sensation in your fingers. Moreover, the muscle at the base of your thumb flattens out (wastes).
Signs of wrist flexor tendonitis
Wrist flexor tendonitis is actually a type of repetitive strain injury or RSI. It almost exclusively relates the activities you do with your hands. Often, it’s you job. Look for the warning signs of wrist flexor tendonitis by examining your occupation. It usually affects those who perform repetitive and high velocity, high force hand activities every day for long hours. Examples are using jackhammers, hair styling, and clerical typing.
Specific signs of wrist flexor tendonitis
Wrist flexor tendonitis has symptoms similar to carpal tunnel syndrome. But the symptoms are usually only in the hand, wrist and forearm.
- Pain is the primary symptoms. It can range from throbbing or soreness to persistent stabbing pain. Usually the pain appears as you’re doing the activity, such as typing. It will normally not appear at rest.
- Sometimes the pain can seem to travel to your upper arm, shoulders, neck and back. Sometimes, there is tingling, numbness, coldness, or loss of sensation in any one of these areas.
- In fingers and hands you may see a loss of grip strength or dexterity. You may also experience low muscular endurance, weakness and fatigue. Only on rare occasions will you experience pain or numbness as you lie in bed.
A good way to tell if you have wrist flexor tendonitis is to glide your fingers up and down your forearm tendons (palm side) from wrist to elbow. If you feel tenderness or painful nodes (especially directly on a tendon) then this is a sure sign of tendonitis. Wrist tendonitis is usually worse while you perform the hand activity that brought it on.
If you have signs of carpal tunnel syndrome or tendonitis…
Listening to what your body is telling you. It’s important to pay attention to things going on around you that might be affecting your body. Only you can know if something isn’t normal. Above all, don’t ignore the warning signs of carpal tunnel syndrome or wrist flexor tendonitis. They are abnormal and it’s your body’s way of telling you something isn’t right. Recognizing the problem now could spell the difference between a relatively easy fix or a life of misery and chronic pain.
If you have pain, numbness or tingling in your hand or fingers, you need to know what’s causing it. The signs of carpal tunnel syndrome and wrist flexor tendonitis are similar. When you know what you have for certain, you can start treatment. Treating tendonitis is far easier than carpal tunnel. But both need attention before they worsen.
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About 15 years ago my wife was waking up during the wee hours screaming from carpal tunnel pain.
This isn’t an exaggerating. She’d literally scream from the pain shooting up through her wrist and into her shoulder. The poor thing still shudders when she thinks about it.
I knew she had carpal tunnel syndrome. And being a physiologist, I knew how to treat her. I’m skilled in a physical therapy technique called myofascial release. It’s a type of massage with an excellent track record for completely curing carpal tunnel symptoms.
So I’d massage her arm until the pain subsided and we could both go back to sleep. But her pain was so severe that she insisted on wanting surgery. It was so bad that she was afraid to go sleep at night.
I was dead-set against surgery because I knew myofascial release was a much better option. I made a bargain with her. Give me 30 days to cure her symptoms using massage and if it didn’t work – I’d go along with the surgery.
She agreed and I got busy in the lab. I hodgepodged together the first Carpal Rx prototype. Using it before bed for 15 minutes, she was able to sleep through the night by the 2nd day.
Carpal Rx, born out of love & compassion.
Dr. Z invented Carpal Rx to cure his wife’s symptoms so she didn’t have to undergo surgery.