Pain In Hands Carpal Tunnel

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joy28 - January 19

I'm currently at 30 wks and just the past week have been experiencing pain in my hands, not in the fingers but in the area directly below my middle, ring and pinkie fingers. I also occassionaly wake up with numbness in my fingers. Can this be pregnancy induced carpal tunnel? I've heard it mentioned but other than that, don't know too much. What can I do to relieve the pain and will it go away after birth?

 

sarah21 - January 19

It sounds like carpal tunnel. It will go away after birth, and you can help alleviate the pain and numbness by wearing a wrist splint, especially while you sleep. Also avoid typing on a keyboard too much or anything that sort of elevates your wrist like that.

 

Chris1975 - January 20

Hi there, as im suffering extreme case of it, i know exactly how frustrating it can be. Without finding ways to reduce it, its only gotten worse and now i can only get 2-3 hours sleep per day due to it :( Carpal Tunnel affects the thumb, index, middle , and half of ring finger and is due to swelling in the carpal tunnel "tube" that runs through your wrist which can become restricted due to swelling. It can be light numbness, with slight pins and needles (which are aggravated more at night, or with repet_tive activities such as typing). They can in some cases (like mine!!) be extremely painful. Like Sarah suggests, wrist braces can reduce the pain/discomfort and ensure you are not elevating ,sleeping on, or "fisting up" your fingers/wrist area, especially while sleeping. Ice (or a bag of frozen peas etc) helps some ppl too altho didnt work for me. Carpal tunnel will disappear post pregnancy in MOST cases about 2-3 weeks after birth....if not, your dr can suggest an injection to treat ..altho only after birth.

 

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