Carpal Tunnel Syndrome — Know the Signs


Severe carpal tunnel symptoms typically develop over a period of time. A possible exception to this is an injury to the carpal tunnel area. It is beneficial then to recognize the signs of carpal tunnel as early detection is vital to minimize the painful aspects of the carpal tunnel syndrome.

One of the first symptoms is usually a reoccurring pain in the hand or wrists. There could also be a numbness feeling. If the pain, tingling or numbness increases performing repetitive tasks using the hands, the diagnosis becomes more sure.

Swelling in the carpal tunnel may also reduce blood circulation to the hand causing the hand to feel cold. Another sign is if the hand is cold and the forearm is warm.

Another sign is the loss of gripping strength with the hand. Other results could be clumsiness and difficulty holding objects large or small. Some people have reported that they can not tell the difference between hot and cold to the touch.

As mentioned earlier, early detection and treatment can prevent a lot of suffering that might happen if left untreated. One of the main reasons for this is continued irritation of the nerve that runs through the tunnel into the hand results in increasing inflammation of the nerve. An inflamed nerve can be very painful and very slow to heal.

Consider also that the median nerve passing through the carpal tunnel starts in the back of the neck and pass through the shoulder and down the arm. It is also possible that an infection anywhere along the way could be reflected in hand and wrist pain. That makes the cause of hand and wrist pain difficult to pinpoint. If unsure consult a qualified health care practitioner.

I would like to cation you to seek non invasive (non surgical) treatment for the pain and discomfort. Surgical solutions usually mean cutting the ligament over the tendons, blood vessels and nerves in the tunnel to allow more room in the tunnel and less contact and irritation. Statistics are published that 70% of the operations are successful and 30% are not. If you happen to be one of the 30% that are not successful you could have many months of frustration and pain trying to use you hand and wrist in a meaningfulful way.

Even though 70% of the surgeries are listed as successful, a large percentage of those do not have full use of their hand and wrist. Some report loss of dexterity and strength. In most cases it does relieve the pain. Surgery should be the option only when all non invasive techniques have been tried and failed.

Anti inflammatory drugs and pain relief medications may provide some short term relief. Please understand that these medication provide temporary relief and there continued use may jeopardize the healing process. The use of these medications will not cure anything.

Plan out a nourishing diet. Give your body the vitamins and minerals it needs to heal itself.

Maurice Petersen