Median nerve compression
The main symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)aretingling, numbness and pain in one or both hands. Most cases affect both hands eventually.
Thesymptoms of CTS most often occur in:
However, the tingling and pain can sometimes extend outside this area.
The symptoms of CTS alsotend to develop gradually, andusually start offbeing worse at night or early in the morning.
Any repetitive actions of the hand or wrist can aggravate the symptoms, as can keeping your arm or hand in the same position for a prolonged period of time.
Other possible symptoms of CTS include:
In some cases, you may experience pain that spreads from your hand up to your forearm and elbow.
CTS often affects your dexterity, which is the ability to use your hands effectively to carry out certain tasks. You may find you often drop objects, orhave difficulty typing or fastening buttons.
If you think you have mighthave CTS, this online questionnaire about your symptoms will tell you how likely it is that CTS is the cause.
Read about carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), a relatively common condition that can cause pain, numbness and a tingling sensation in the hand and fingers.
Read about the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), including tingling, numbness and pain
Read about the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), which are caused by squashing (compression) of the median nerve at the wrist.
Read about diagnosing carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). CTS can usually be diagnosed by your GP, who will examine your hand and wrist and ask you about your symptoms.
Read about treating carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). Treatment depends on the severity of the condition and how long it has lasted.
Peter Taylor, 58, a customer services adviser from Norwich, first noticed tingling in his fingers a couple of years ago. He has had two carpal tunnel releases.