What are the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome?
Do you think you are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome?
a. This unpleasant tingling sensation occurs mainly at night, or early in the morning, and often causes insomnia or night-time awakening. Burning pains are often felt on one or both wrists. Patients often have to shake the affected hand to relieve numbness or relieve pain. Patients often describe the impression of having the hand or hands on fire.
b. A person with carpal tunnel syndrome will experience a sensation of tingling and numbness mainly in his thumb, forefinger, middle finger and half of his fingertip.
c. Symptoms are often triggered by certain activities, such as driving, holding a phone for a phone conversation, reading the newspaper, washing hair or brushing teeth.
d. With time and the progression of the problem, a loss of sensitivity, at first transient and intermittent, and then becoming permanent, appears in the fingers of the hand. Affected patients lose their sense of touch, the perception of tact, at the thumb, forefinger, middle finger and half of the fourth finger, as these fingers are innervated by the median nerve. Subsequently, when the disease becomes more severe, muscular atrophy, irreversible muscle loss at the base of the thumb, can be observed at the level of the palm of the hand. A loss of manual dexterity and a decrease in the strength of the thumb-index finger follow. It then becomes difficult to manipulate small objects such as coins or buttons. Clumsiness appears to the point of dropping pens and having difficulties writing.