Is My Hand Asleep?

Gregory A. Voit, M.D.

Signs and symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome
“I can’t golf.” “I can’t fish.” “I can’t sleep.”
Many people tolerate the numbness, tingling, “pins-and-needles” sensation and pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. Subtle symptoms can be present for months, years or even decades before the day when they interfere with activities or sleep and prompt a visit to the doctor.

Carpal tunnel syndrome results when a swelling of the median nerve, or other poorly understood changes in the confined space around the nerve, compresses the nerve over the wrist. As a result of the compression, the nerve produces the same sensations as when a foot goes to sleep.  Continue reading