are the signs and symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome?Numbness - The first symptom is
usually numbness or tingling in the thumb, index finger, long finger,
and ring finger. Everyday activities that bend (flex) the wrist can make
the numbness worse. Some examples of everyday activities that can cause
problems are driving, writing, holding a book or newspaper, combing hair,
or sleeping in an awkward position. Initially, the numbness may come and
go. As the condition worsens, the numbness becomes more constant.
Weakness/ Muscle Loss - Patients
may notice their grip weakening as the pressure on the median nerve increases.
Over time, the muscles of the thumb will become smaller (atrophy).
Dropping Objects - Because of a
weakened grip, patients frequently complain about dropping objects. This
weakening, plus the loss of feeling in the thumb and fingers, does not
allow the patient to notice the object slipping from the hand.
Pain - Pain is a less common symptom.
The constant numbness can feel painful. A persistent ache, particularly
in the thumb, may spread up to the shoulder, the neck, or both. In severe
cases, there may be a constant burning pain in the wrist and hand.