Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by pressure on the median nerve. Which may start out as a feeling of pins and needles.
Everyone recognizes the tingling sensation known as pins and needles. Which easily happens to someone who stays in an awkward position without moving their hands and legs over an extended period. With regular pins and needles the kind of discomfort one feels is somewhat tolerable, but for those suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, it can become excruciating. The pain is usually in the hands and fingers but it also sometimes travels up the arm all the way to the shoulder.
The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway on the palm side of your wrist made up of bones and ligaments. The median nerve, which controls the sensation and movement in our thumb and first three fingers, runs through this passageway along with tendons to the fingers and thumb. When it’s pinched or compressed, resulting in numbness, tingling, weakness, or pain.
Often people with carpal tunnel syndrome get the feeling that their hands or fingers have become swollen, that they have lost grip strength, but when a doctor examines them, the doctor finds no evidence of these symptoms.
In complete contrast to the tingling feeling of pins and needles a sufferer of carpal tunnel syndrome faces, it is also possible that this condition could cause a loss of sensation in one’s fingers. In the more extreme cases, numbness in the finger nerves reaches a point where even the prick of a needle may not be felt.
One of the worst things a person can do in this situation is to ignore the numbness or tingling in their hands and continue to go about their lives as best as they can. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is one of those conditions that become worse over time if left untreated. With early detection, the issue can be treated.