You’re trying to sleep or doing some normal household chores and you experience pain in your wrists, or even numbness or tingling in your wrists and fingers. Either that, or you have shooting pains up your arms from your wrists and they are very painful. Chances are, you have carpal tunnel syndrome. It’s a debilitating condition that is caused by impingement of the median nerve that supplies movement and feeling to your arms and fingers. This impingement causes symptoms that can either manifest themselves at night, or can happen when you wake up and you’re performing every day tasks.
Many people deal with pain and stiffness in the wrists that can be similar to carpal tunnel syndrome. The problem is many of these symptoms could also be signs of arthritis as well. This post will outline the difference between the two so you can make a good judgment regarding whether or not you need help with either condition. Carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritis are two very painful conditions, and they’re very easy to confuse one for another when it comes to pain. However, both these conditions are vastly different, although one can be a very strong cause for another.