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Carpal tunnel syndrome can include nerve pain.

Carpal tunnel syndrome can include nerve pain.
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Carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms

The most common symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include:

  • tingling or numbness in your fingers or the palm of your hand that feels like pins and needles, mainly in the thumb and next two fingers
  • nerve pain in your wrist or hand, which can spread up your arm or down to your fingers
  • weakness in your hands, making it hard to grip things
  • swollen fingers.

Symptoms are usually worse in the hand you use the most (your dominant hand), but the condition can affect both hands.

Over time, people with carpal tunnel syndrome might find that they slowly lose strength and movement in their hand and wrist. So it’s important to see your doctor if you think you may have carpal tunnel syndrome.

You can also use our Symptom checker if you are worried.

Last reviewed: November 2016

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