The tingling, numbness, and
carpal tunnel syndrome usually develop gradually.
Symptoms often get worse if you do not stop or change an activity that is
helping to cause the condition.
In the early stages of carpal
tunnel syndrome, you may sometimes lose some feeling in your hand. Most mild
cases of carpal tunnel syndrome get better with treatment. Usually there is no
permanent damage to the
median nerve. Your symptoms may improve by themselves
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You change or stop the activity that has caused your
carpal tunnel syndrome.
Other health problems that cause or
contribute to your carpal tunnel symptoms improve.
Carpal tunnel syndrome can eventually lead to constant
numbness in the fingers or hand and some loss of strength and coordination.
Nonsurgical treatment may still be helpful at this point.
Long-standing carpal tunnel syndrome can cause:
A loss of feeling and coordination in the
fingers and hand. The thumb muscles can become weak and waste away (atrophy),
making it difficult to grip or hold objects.
Permanent damage to
the median nerve that results in difficulty using the hand. A damaged nerve may
require surgery, which may not completely restore the feeling and coordination
to the fingers and hand.
When compared with other illnesses and injuries, carpal
tunnel syndrome is one of the most common causes of absence from
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
October 29, 2008
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