How can you tell if hand tingling and numbness is carpal tunnel or not?
I am recently experiencing some numbness in part of my left hand that has my attention! It is the far left two fingers and part of my hand, so the outer part of my hand. No pain per se, but definitely tingling and numbness. I work at a keyboard on and off the job, a lot.
I am hoping it is nothing, but it started a few days ago, and has been lasting almost the whole day today, morning through evening. Kind of has me worried. I recently took up exercising again, and I am committed to it and have some weight to lose. Probably unrelated.
From my research, carpal tunnel ususally causes numbness in the the last two or three fingers of the hand, but not the thumb or index finger. I have problems with this numbness off and on. I often wake up with it at night. Generally, I've found that resting the hand helps a lot. One thing I should say is that I have gotten some of my worst bouts with this when lifting hand weights while exercising--so if you just started lifting weights, you may be straining your wrists.
Numbness in the last two fingers (pinky and ring) related to keyboard job can be due to:
- cubital tunnel syndrome (constant flexion and extension in the wrist)
- thoracic outlet syndrome (pressure of the clavicle on the plexus of the nerves that run beneath).
- bulging or herniated disc in the neck spine.
Exercise may be related to your symptoms.
Carpal tunnel syndrome consists of tingling/numbness in the first three fingers (thumb, index, middle) and the tenderness/pain in the wrist.
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