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Carpal tunnel syndrome is the term for pain, tingling and numbness in the median nerve in the hand. This is one of the two main nerves of the hand, dealing with the thumb, index and middle fingers.
The problem occurs when the nerve becomes compressed as it passes through the carpal tunnel in the wrist. The tunnel is formed of a semicircle of bones, with a ligament for a roof. Competing for space in this tiny space are other nerves, tendons and blood vessels, so it’s a tight squeeze.
Anything that causes the soft tissue in the wrist to swell, or the carpal tunnel to reduce, can put pressure on the median nerve.
So inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis or gout, are potential causes (due to swelling of the nearby joints), as are an underactive thyroid gland, diabetes and acromegaly (when your body produces too much growth hormone), fluid retention (such as with heart failure or pregnancy) and repetitive forceful movements of your wrist (such as using a tool).
Typically, the symptoms wake you at night, with burning pain, along with tingling.
Shaking the hand for a few moments relieves the discomfort and restores sensation.
If the nerve has been compressed for months or longer, the muscles by the base of the thumb can waste, leaving the thumb weak when trying to grip.
The condition is diagnosed on the basis of the history of symptoms and examination.
Dr Scurr cannot enter into personal correspondence.
His replies cannot apply to individual cases and should be taken in a general context.
Always consult your own GP with any health worries.
Treatment involves eliminating any underlying cause, though in most
cases there’s no obvious trigger. In this event, the problem often
resolves itself spontaneously after a few months.
However, if it’s interfering with sleep, wearing a splint at night to
maintain the wrist at a neutral angle (fairly straight) helps half of
people in a month or two.
It’s also essential to minimise activities that might be contributing, notably the use of computer keyboards.