Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

What are the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome?

Your body is very patient in its communication with you. It tries the gentle method first. You feel the burning that becomes frequent, accompanied by tingling. An itchy numbness in your plam and fingers, especially the pathway of your meridian nerve to your thumb, index and middle fingers.

Your body lets you know this usually at nights when you are more receptive and when you flex your wrists. You wake up trying to shake the feelings out instead of listening to them.

So, the symptoms get worse as your body resorts to more direct communication with you. It begins to take your strength away. You start losing your grip. At first, you won’t be able to make a fist. You tell yourself, it is OK. You are not a fighter you are a lover. Then you won’t be able to grasp small things. Who cares, you aren’t a surgeon you console yourself. And your body finally gets tired and hits you where it hurts. Your job.

You won’t be able to perform the repetitive, unbalanced motions that tightens the passageway around your meridian nerve and irritates the nerve.

If you still play deaf, and continue the same behaviour pattern, you may lose the sensation to tell the difference between hot and cold and lose the muscle at the base of your thumb.

Wouldn’t be much easier to listen, modify the patterns that cause the pain and get professional help before things really get out of hand?

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

carpal tunnel syndrome

The tingling and numbness you have been ignoring for the last few months turns into a sharp, pain that shoots through your wrist, up your arm and possibly to your neck. The pain follows the nerve.

What happened? Well, you mean, other than repetitive motions that are imbalanced, and hours of typing on keyboards that are decades behind time in design, and …

You get the picture.  No experience can be isolated to a single event and the pain you experience is almost never the consequence of an individual action. Remember this as we discuss carpal tunnel syndrome.

What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

 Pain is the result of traumatic interaction with a nerve. In this case,  the surrounding tissue narrows and squeezes your meridian nerve that runs from your fingers through your palm and wrist on the way to your spinal column in your neck.

When your nerve is squeezed, you feel a variety of symptoms that radiates along the nerve. These symptoms range from numbness and tingling to  loss of strength and pain.

The squeezing part is sometimes called entrapment that is a more visual description. Your meridian nerve is entrapped within its passageway.

To get relief, you need to release the pressure on the nerve.

 

 

Hand Bones

The carpus
scaphoid bone (2)
lunate bone (2)
triquetrum bone (2)
pisiform bone (2)
trapezium (2)
trapezoid bone (2)
capitate bone (2)
hamate bone (2)
The metacarpus (5 × 2)
The phalanges of the hand
proximal phalanges (5 × 2)
intermediate phalanges (4 × 2)
distal phalanges (5 × 2)