Carpel Tunnel

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Jeanan - November 20

last night when I was trying to go to sleep I kept on having this pain in my wrist that would shoot up into my fingers....has anyone ever experienced this before and if so what can you do to help with the pain....it took me forever to go to sleep because of it

 

Lory - November 20

Hi Jeanan! I am almost 35 wks. and have been experiencing the same pain for almost 3 wks now. It is pregnancy induced carpal tunnel. My mom also had it with me. It comes from swelling, which puts pressure on the nerves in your wrist...the 'carpal tunnel." It's like a pinched nerve. My fingers have not been extremely swollen, but I have noticed a slight difference. When it started, it would just wake me up at night. I thought I must be sleeping on my arms or wrists or something. But I wasn't. I have the same identical pain in both wrists. It feels almost like a knife or a nail is going straight through my wrist, and the pain radiates to my fingers and almost up to my elbow in my forearm. I also can't bend my hands/wrists in certain directions, and am having trouble lifting things and doing everyday tasks. The only relief I have found is from wrist splints. They should have a metal insert to keep your wrists stable, velcro closures so you can adjust them (you don't want them too tight!), and they should fit in the palm of your hand, leaving your thumb and fingers free. I wear these off and on during the day and it really helps! Do not apply heat because this makes swelling worse. Try ice. Hopefully this will go away after the baby is born!!!! Let me know how you do! Check out this article http://www.babycenter.com/refcap/pregnancy/prenatalhealth/234.html

 

Lory - November 20

leave the dash off the end of the url when you copy and paste :)

 

Lory - November 20

Here's a bit of HOPEFUL info I just got off another website..."Pregnant women who develop CTS are not likely to develop this condition again – unless, of course, there is another pregnancy – because the problem usually clears up after delivery. For women who have experienced symptoms prior to their pregnancy, it is possible the problem won't go away and you may need to visit your physician."

 

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