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What happens in severe cases of carpal tunnel syndrome?

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As carpal tunnel syndrome becomes more severe, you may have less grip strength because the muscles in your hand shrink. Pain and muscle cramping will also become worse. The median nerve begins to lose function because of the irritation or pressure around it. This leads to:

You could end up with permanent muscle damage and lose function in your hand. So, don't put off seeing a doctor.

  • Slower nerve impulses
  • Loss of feeling in the fingers
  • A loss of strength and coordination, especially the ability to use your thumb to pinch

From: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome WebMD Medical Reference

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American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

National Institutes of Health.

Reviewed by David Zelman on October 11, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

National Institutes of Health.

Reviewed by David Zelman on October 11, 2017

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