If you experience a lot of pain in your fingers, hands, and wrists after spending time typing, gardening, or doing anything else repetitive, one of your first thoughts might be carpal tunnel syndrome. Pain is perhaps the most well-known symptom of one of the most common nerve conditions. There are also a lot of other, more surprising signs you have carpal tunnel syndrome that you might not know as much about, even if you already know that you have the condition.
The University of Maryland Medical Center noted that although it's very difficult to be certain how many people have carpal tunnel syndrome, there's some evidence that about 2 percent of all men and 3 percent of all women could be diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome at some point in their lives. Additionally, it seems as though genetics, BMI, age, the anatomy and shape of your wrist and hand, whether you smoke, and how much alcohol you consume, among other things, can all also play a role in whether or not you develop symptoms, as well as how severe those symptoms might be. Beyond pain, there are a number of additional symptoms that can give you an idea of whether or not you're dealing with carpal tunnel syndrome. If you experience them — or have some pain and are at risk — a doctor can help you figure out where to go from here.