Carpal Tunnel Syndrome | Symptoms

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What are the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome?

The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include the following:

  • Numbness or tingling in your hand and fingers, especially the thumb, index and middle fingers.
  • Pain in your wrist, palm or forearm.
  • More numbness or pain at night than during the day. The pain may be so bad it wakes you up. You may shake or rub your hand to get relief.
  • Pain that increases when you use your hand or wrist more.
  • Trouble gripping objects, such as a doorknob or the steering wheel of a car.
  • Weakness in your thumb.

How serious is carpal tunnel syndrome?

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

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 02/14
Created: 01/96

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