I came across this interesting little quiz about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) provided by about .com’s “Joint Conditions” experts.
If you are wondering if your symptoms could be CTS, taking this quiz might give you the information you need to consult with your physician.
Remember that CTS, as with all health problems, can affect different people in different ways, and not all of these questions must apply to you. However, if you answer the majority of the questions with a “Yes,” it might be time to talk with your doctor.
Do you frequently feel tingling or numbness in the palm of your hand and fingers (especially thumb, index, and middle fingers?
Do you frequently feel an itching sensation in the palm of your hand and fingers?
Does wearing a splint at night ease your symptoms?
Have you ever been awakened from sleep feeling you need to “shake out” your hand to ease symptoms?
Do you have decreased grip strength?
Are you clumsy when handling objects?
Do you have an underlying condition which may contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome?
Underlying condition examples:
Overactive pituitary gland
What is your gender?
Female – 3 times more likely to develop carpal tunnel syndrome than males.
Do you experience shooting pains which radiate from your forearm to your shoulder?
Do you have a job which involves work-related stress of the hand (such as assembly-line workers, working with a jackhammer, typing and computer mouse work)?
Source: about .com