Carpal tunnel is classified as being a numbness in the hand and it is normally caused by pressure. Carpal tunnel can also be caused by certain illnesses and this can range from diabetes to hypothyroidism and even rheumatoid arthritis, not to mention if you make the same hand movements over and over again, you may also eventually suffer from the illness. This is especially the case if you find that your hands are bent down, or lower than your wrists.
Carpal tunnel can also develop when you are pregnant, for example, if you have tingling, numbness, weakness or even some level of pain in your fingers. It is also entirely possible for you to have tingling between your hand and your elbow and in various places. You should note however that if you think that you have symptoms of carpal tunnel that you will normally experience them in half of your ring finger, your middle finger, your thumb and your index finger. This is because your little finger is attached to a different nerve and the first symptoms will often happen at night. It doesn’t matter what symptoms you have, you will normally experience some relief by shaking your hand vigorously.
Of course, your doctor will be able to tell you if you suffer from hypothyroidism and arthritis and they will also be able to tell you if you suffer from diabetes as well. When you do go for your appointment they will probably ask you if you have recently hurt your hand or your wrist and they will also want to know about your routine as well, so they can help to diagnose carpal tunnel. With so many causes available, self-diagnosis should be avoided wherever possible and you should always seek professional help if you suspect that you have the condition.