What are the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome?

The symptoms associated with carpal tunnel syndrome usually include a burning, tingling, itching or numbness sensation in the palm of the hand and thumb or index and middle fingers.

At night time you may feel like your fingers are falling asleep and becoming numb. This happens because you are most relaxed during sleep. When you wake up in the morning, the tingling and numbness sensations in your hand may travel up your forearm to your shoulder.

With carpal tunnel syndrome, symptoms at first may come and go, but over time they tend to occur more often and become worse. Some people may start to feel like their fingers are swollen when they aren’t or they may have intermittent “shocks” in their thumb and fingers.

Over time, carpal tunnel syndrome can also affect your grip and ability to pinch causing you to

  • Drop things more often due to numbness or weakened muscles
  • Have a hard time working with small objects, like the buttons on your shirt
  • Have difficulty making a fist

In severe cases, you may be losing muscle at the base of your thumb or finding it difficult to tell hot from cold by touch.

To learn more, check out our page on Carpal Tunnel.