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Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me? Carpal Tunnel

Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me? Carpal Tunnel

When you're pregnant, you expect your feet and ankles to swell and your fingers to puff up like lil sausages, but you don't expect the swelling in your wrists and hands to cause a mild case of carpal tunnel syndrome.

I first discovered this before going to bed at night. My wrists and hands had a dull pain and were even numb and tingly at times. I was alarmed enough to call my doctor. She told me I was experiencing a small and probably temporary case of carpal tunnel syndrome. According to ahealthyme.com:

"Some studies show that as many as one out of four pregnant women complains of the syndrome, usually in the second or third trimester of pregnancy when fluid retention in the arms and hands is more likely to put pressure on the nerve that leads to the hands and fingers."

A friend of mine had it bad enough that she had to treat the condition with an arm splint. I was able to alleviate some of the pain by sleeping with my arms propped up in an elevated position. Luckily for both of us, it went away soon after baby arrived.
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cbgmick cbgmick 8 years
I too developed carpal tunnel in both arms/wrists during my last pregnancy (I attributed some of it to being on bed rest and working from bed via my laptop). It's just started up again (at least this time I know what it is!!) @ 6 1/2 months so I'm really looking forward to digging out my splints again :( Hope yours resolves quickly post pregnancy macgirl
macgirl macgirl 8 years
I'm having the worse time with it right now. 3 weeks to go and I'm miserable at night. I sleep on my left side then wake up with my leg and both arms all tingly and in pain. Flip to the right side only to wake up with the same thing before it has wore off the left side. :cry:
Neural Neural 8 years
Yep, I was one with the arm splints, too! And yeah, that wasn't a symptom I was *at all* expecting. Mine took a few weeks after child birth to go away but I'm just relieved it went away.
UTnikki81 UTnikki81 8 years
Oh no! I didn't know about this. With pregnancy down the road and knowing how bad carpal can make you feel, this does not sound promising for me. Thanks for the elevating while sleeping advice.
amybtvco amybtvco 8 years
I had carpal tunnel in my third trimester. I slept with arm splints on (very sexy) and they helped with the waking up to completely numb arms issue. Nothing seemed to help with the tingling and numbness that I had during the day. Thankfully it went away almost immediately after giving birth. Or maybe I just didn't notice anymore because I hurt a lot more in other areas.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
I think i am gettign it now just from typing so much on Sugar!
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