Many of us take our bodily functions for granted. You've probably never thought much about your hands and how much you use them until you had an injury or condition that prevents you from doing the tasks you usually do and don't pay much attention to.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is one of those condition which, through pain and numbness, reminds you how important your hands are to you.
Statistically almost 3% of the population is affected by the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and women seem to be more affected than men.
To seek relief from the pain caused by the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome , is best if you recognize the symptoms early on and discuss them with your family doctor.
Some of the symptoms you should not ignore are:
1. Hand Numbness
Symptoms of carpal tunnel often start gradually, and one of the first is almost always numbness.It’s a scary feeling when any part of your body starts to lose feeling, and it’s even scarier when it’s something as sensitive as your hand. Many people "shake out" their hands to try to relieve the numbness, which may become constant over time.
2. Wrist Pain
Repetitive hand movements such as mouse clicking or working with vibrating tools are common causes of pain in the hand and wrist. Several studies have been conducted on weather working on assembly line that requires prolonged flexing of the wrist, working with vibrating tools or extensive use of computer mouse are risk factors for Carpal Tunnel syndrome, however, a definite connection has not been established.
3. Weakening Strength
In time you may experience weakness in your hand and drop objects. This may be due to the numbness in your hand or weakness of the thumb's pinching muscles.
Sensations like tingling, itching, and numbness are all associated with nerve response, and a compromised carpal tunnel can cause some unusual reactions.
5. Dropping Objects
With lack of control over your fingers and hands, you might experience difficulty gripping objects.Dropping a glass is never fun, but it’s even less fun when your hands don’t even work properly enough to clean up the mess they caused.
6. Swollen Hand and Wrist
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can often cause swelling in the wrist and fingers if the wrist is overextended repeatedly. Repeated motion of your wrist contributes swelling and compression of the median nerve.
7. Pain Interferes with Your Sleep
Often the symptoms of carpal Tunnel are noticed at night. Symptoms such as burning, tingling or numbness in the palm of the hand and along the fingers, especially the thumb, index and middle finger can wake you up during the night. Shaking your hands might help;
If you have experiences a few of the symptoms above, talk to your doctor. It is important to be diagnosed early so you can prevent worsening of the symptoms.