Symptoms usually start gradually, with frequent burning, tingling, or itching numbness in the palm of the hand and the fingers, especially the thumb and the index and middle fingers. Some carpal tunnel sufferers say their fingers feel useless and swollen, even though little or no swelling is apparent. The symptoms often first appear in one or both hands during the night, since many people sleep with flexed wrists. A person with carpal tunnel syndrome may wake up feeling the need to “shake out” the hand or wrist. As symptoms worsen, people might feel tingling during the day. Decreased grip strength may make it difficult to form a fist, grasp small objects, or perform other manual tasks. In chronic and/or untreated cases, the muscles at the base of the thumb may waste away. Some people are unable to tell between hot and cold by touch. [boldface mine, and yes, there are other sensations/pains]
In one way, this is a relief: This means that it is officially not my job to promote this blog anymore – if you care for the work done here, that’s entirely your job now.
I’ll check e-mail every day, and respond when I can. A reduced posting schedule will mark this blog from now on. And yes, I’m looking for a doctor now.