Question: How Do I Know If I Have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

How long does carpal tunnel usually last?

The muscles of the hands or wrists are weak and actually getting smaller because of the severe pinching of the median nerve.

The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome have lasted 6 months or longer with no relief..

When should I see a doctor about carpal tunnel?

Fakhouri recommends seeing a surgeon if: Your symptoms have not improved over several weeks to months of non-surgical treatment. You have lost your hand, thumb or finger function, which indicates your median nerve is compromised and you are at risk for median nerve damage.

What does carpal tunnel pain feel like?

Carpal tunnel syndrome causes a tingling feeling or pins and needles, numbness, and sometimes pain in the hand. The symptoms can sometimes be felt in the forearm or further up your arm. It tends to come on gradually over a period of weeks.

Can carpal tunnel syndrome go away on its own?

Most of the time, carpal tunnel syndrome gets cured and doesn’t come back. If you have a severe case, surgery can help, but your symptoms may not go away completely.

What will happen if carpal tunnel syndrome is not treated?

If left untreated, carpal tunnel syndrome can lead to weakness and lack of coordination in your fingers and thumb. Treatment can relieve pressure on the nerve and, for most people, eliminate their symptoms. The carpal tunnel is a small passageway on the palm side of your wrist.

What causes carpal tunnel to flare up?

Anything that squeezes or irritates the median nerve in the carpal tunnel space may lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. A wrist fracture can narrow the carpal tunnel and irritate the nerve, as can the swelling and inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis. Many times, there is no single cause of carpal tunnel syndrome.

How do I stop my hands from going numb when I sleep?

Sleep with your arms at your sides instead of above your head. Sleeping with your arms above your head can cause numbness by cutting off circulation to your hands. Avoid folding your arms under your pillow while you sleep. The weight of your head can put pressure on your wrists or elbows and compress a nerve.

What is the best medication for carpal tunnel pain?

Take a pain reliever, such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) or naproxen sodium (Aleve). Wear a snug, not tight, wrist splint at night. You can find these over-the-counter at most drugstores or pharmacies.

How can you tell the difference between carpal tunnel and arthritis?

Carpal tunnel syndrome can cause weakness, tingling, or numbness in the hand. Arthritis can also cause pain and make it difficult to grasp things, but for completely different reasons. Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by nerve compression and arthritis is caused by inflammation and damage to the joint.

Where do I put my arms when sleeping on my side?

First, make sure that your arms are down by your side. Sleeping with your arms overhead, perhaps around your pillow, can pinch your lower shoulder. Instead, sleep with your arms down by your side. You can also try sleeping with a pillow between your legs.

Why are my hands going numb when I sleep?

Pressure on your hands from your sleeping posture is a likely cause of waking up with numb hands. It can happen when you sleep on your arm or hand or in a position that puts pressure on a nerve. The temporary lack of blood flow can cause numbness or pins and needles.

What is the healthiest sleeping position?

By far the healthiest option for most people, sleeping on your back allows your head, neck, and spine to rest in a neutral position. This means that there’s no extra pressure on those areas, so you’re less likely to experience pain. Sleeping facing the ceiling also ideal for warding off acid reflux.

Does carpal tunnel hurt all the time?

At first, symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome come and go, but as the condition worsens, symptoms may become constant. Pain may radiate up the arm all the way to the shoulder. Over time, if untreated, carpal tunnel syndrome can cause the muscles on the thumb side of your hand to waste away (atrophy).

Is Carpal Tunnel serious?

Carpal tunnel syndrome usually isn’t serious. With treatment, the pain will typically go away and you’ll have no lasting damage to your hand or wrist.