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Could I have carpal tunnel syndrome?

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Carpal tunnel syndrome tends to progress gradually, beginning in your fingers and hand and can move up your forearm. Symptoms of carpal tunnel include:

• Numbness and tingling in your thumb and fingers, excluding the pinky fingers

• Pain that radiates from your wrist to shoulder, especially on the palm side of the arm

• General feeling of weakness in your hands

If you are experiencing consistent pain, numbness or weakness in your hands, especially if it is interfering with your ability to work, sleep or your quality of life, you should contact a physician.

For more information on carpal tunnel syndrome or to schedule an appointment with an internal medicine physician at East Jefferson General Hospital at contact HealthFinder at (504) 456-5000 or visit www.ejgh.org.

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