Most mild cases of carpal tunnel syndrome get better with treatment. Usually there is no permanent damage to the median nerve. Your symptoms may improve by themselves when:
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- Fluid buildup decreases, such as after pregnancy.
- You change or stop the activity that has caused your carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Other health problems that cause or contribute to your carpal tunnel symptoms improve.
Long-term carpal tunnel syndrome can cause:
- A loss of feeling and coordination in the fingers and hand. The thumb muscles can become weak and waste away (atrophy).This can make it hard to grip or hold objects.
- Permanent damage to the median nerve. You may have trouble using the hand.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common causes of absence from work.