Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include numbness, tingling, or “shocks” running through your hands (specifically the thumb, index, middle, and ring finger), wrists, and even up your arm all the way up to your shoulder. One may notice that they wake up feeling some of the previous sensations as they seem to be exacerbated while laying down, and may even get to the point where they are the reason you wake up throughout the night, making it difficult to get a good night’s sleep. Another time you may notice these sensations is during times when your hand is in a flexed position such as: driving, doing dishes, typing, or while using your phone.
As if the pain isn’t enough, you may also notice that you begin to develop a weakness in your grip, making it hard or even impossible to pick up things that were once easy. It’s not uncommon for people suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome to suddenly and unexpectedly drop objects. This weakness can develop to the point where you actually may not be able to fully close your hand or make a fist anymore, and it can be at its worst in the morning. This loss in strength and range of motion is not something most people think about when it comes to carpal tunnel syndrome, but it plays a big role in affecting quality of life. If the issue isn’t addressed, these symptoms can last a long time or get worse over time.