My Hands Hurts Anyone Else

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kh - April 5

I'm 37 weeks, and I've noticed for about the past week that my hands hurt more & more. They're a little swollen, but not too bad. But they get sore when I make a fist or open my fingers all the way. I hadn't heard of this before--anyone else have this?

 

Tillie - April 5

Yes, me too. I've had it since early second trimester. It could be minor Carpal Tunnel (that's what I have) or just from all the swelling. It's annoying, though!

 

luvmyboys - April 5

I have it just when I'm really swollen and puffy. Then they seem to ache. Is that what you have?

 

bean - April 5

Mine are really bad. Just my right hand though. I can barely feel my middle finger, and two others tingle severly. I notice that if I wrap my hand in an ace bandage to try to reduce the swelling it helps for a bit. Dct said it's carpal tunnel and there's nothing you can do. I drink tons of water and try elevating my hand, but nothing... At least I hear it goes away shortly after delivery!

 

bean - April 5

Oh, by the way, I'm 37 weeks and have had this for about 2 or 3 weeks now. It seems to get worse every day... sigh...

 

kh - April 5

Hmmm, I guess carpal tunnel is what's going on. Mine seems to be less from the swelling and more in the joints. As if I've been hanging from monkey bars or something. But it does seem to be getting worse every few days. I haven't had tingling in my hands, but my feet seem to fall asleep easily just from sitting and cutting off circulation on the back of my legs. I had no idea that pregnancy would affect EVERY body part!

 

Tillie - April 5

Kh, though it feels like your joints, it probably is in fact from the swelling--somehow it affects the joints, because I, too, feel like I've been hanging from monkey bars! And though it's true, bean, that there's not much you can do, wearing a soft wrist/hand splint REALLY helps. I literally wouldn't be able to get through the night without mine. The ace bandage might be doing the same thing for you--keeping your wrist straight and bent back just a little bit and allowing your "carpal tunnel" (an actual tunnel!) to stay completely open.

 

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