Carpal tunnel syndrome normally causes numbness, tingling or pain in the tip of the thumb, the index finger, the middle finger, and part of the ring finger. Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by compression of the median nerve in the wrist.
The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome can be feel worse after sleeping, repetitive movement, compression of the wrist on a desk or table, or vibration. Using a power tool or a car steering wheel sometimes makes the symptoms feel worse.
The pain caused by carpal tunnel syndrome may feel like pins, needles, burning, itching, or stinging. This is typical of the pain caused by nerve injury or nerve damage.