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Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me: Pregnancy and Carpal Tunnel

Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me: Pregnancy and Carpal Tunnel

Pregnancy and motherhood are ripe with shocking, funny, embarrassing, and insightful moments. All too often we have that "how did I not know that?!" moment. We created the Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me? group in the LilSugar Community for you to share the things you wished somebody had told you, too. cheersdarlin916 shares her startling discovery:

I have been having issues with my forearms and my hands going painfully numb at night and the last couple of nights have been so bad it is causing me to loose sleep. I did some research online and then talked to a nurse at my doctor's office and sure enough I have carpal tunnel syndrome. Just when I think I get past one issue (be it nausea, insomnia, or getting GD under control) something else like this pops up. They tell me that it will likely go away within a month of having my baby but I am not even due for another three months. Good grief.

cheersdarlin916 isn't alone on this one. Studies have shown that one out of four pregnant women complain of the syndrome, usually in the second or third trimester of pregnancy. Did you experience it?

We want to hear your shocking pregnancy and motherhood stories. Join our Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me? group over in our LilSugar Community and dish your tales and tips.

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laurenMiller1978 laurenMiller1978 5 years
I have had this problem since about 10 weeks of pregnancy. I am now at 31 weeks and still have numb fingers on a daily basis. I have noticed that drinking less at night has helped as well as sleeping on a firm mattress. I have no idea why. But I seriously can't wait to feel my hands again. Has kept me up at night tossing and turning for 7.5 months and my doctor said it will hopefully go away after the baby is born. Errrrrr.
lunazstarr lunazstarr 5 years
I have totally developed Carpal Tunnel during my pregnancy, started somewhere within the last 2 weeks of my second trimester, and i am now 37weeks + 2 days and last night was the worst its been. I am totally loosing sleep over it. I wake up at least 4-5 times a night. First they start to tingle, then they start feeling fat and bloated like they want to explode and the pain is like a shooting pain, I have to stand up in order to get the circulation going again, then of course I lay down again and let the tingling sensation begin, its brutal. This never happened during my first pregnancy with my son, this is my second time after 12 years and I don't know if its age or what, but the pain needs to stop! Can't wait to be over it already!
Niami Niami 7 years
I posted here in October about the carpal tunnel. I had my son on 11/10/09 and the carpal tunnel is gone from the left hand, but I'm still having pain in my right wrist and hand. Sooo it's off to the neurologist I go!
goldiecar goldiecar 7 years
ZOMG!!!! I totally had this, and now four months postpartum... three fingers on my left hand are still a little numb. My biggest problem was that I was finishing my Master's during the last of my pregnancy. With a thesis! Try typing 50+ pages with CT!! Solutions that were actually helpful: splints at bedtime to keep your wrist straight, frozen water bottles that I placed my wrists on (they were my ONLY saving grace while typing!), and lots of water to keep things moving.
cheersdarlin916 cheersdarlin916 7 years
It is not like I enjoy finding out other people are suffering also but it is nice to know that I am not the only one. I have to wear wrist braces at night also and occasionally during the day now also.
dreamer720 dreamer720 7 years
I've got it too right now. I wear a wrist guard at night.
babysugar babysugar 7 years
I experienced it with my daughter's pregnancy but not my son's. Thankfully it went away once baby was born.
Zivanod Zivanod 7 years
OMG ... I got that! I am currently wearing a wrist guard at night to minimize the pain.
Niami Niami 7 years
This is my 2nd pregnancy with carpal tunnel and I never had symptoms when I wasn't pregnant. This time around I am experiencing loss of sensation in my fingers. It also feels as if the nerves are shorter than they should be and are being ripped to pieces when I bend my hands or fingers the wrong way. I was told to take some Tylenol, wear the special braces and do a few painful exercises with my hands. This sucks.
cheersdarlin916 cheersdarlin916 7 years carpal tunnel syndrome. It is right there. I never thought it would happen either but #3 comment is correct it has to do with the water retention and swelling during pregnancy. What conditions and diseases cause carpal tunnel syndrome? For most patients, the cause of their carpal tunnel syndrome is unknown. Any condition that exerts pressure on the median nerve at the wrist can cause carpal tunnel syndrome. Common conditions that can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome include obesity, pregnancy, hypothyroidism, arthritis, diabetes, and trauma. Tendon inflammation resulting from repetitive work, such as uninterrupted typing, can also cause carpal tunnel symptoms. Carpal tunnel syndrome from repetitive maneuvers has been referred to as one of the repetitive stress injuries. Some rare diseases can cause deposition of abnormal substances in and around the carpal tunnel, leading to nerve irritation. These diseases include amyloidosis, sarcoidosis, multiple myeloma and leukemia.
asdaffodil asdaffodil 7 years
correction..."swelling puts pressure 'on the' median nerve..."
asdaffodil asdaffodil 7 years
I definitely experienced severe carpal tunnel syndrome in the last couple of months of my pregnancy. My doctor attributed it to the extra water weight and swelling that puts pressure median nerve in the wrist. I wore wrist braces to help with the pressure while I slept and while I worked on the computer. After I had my son and the extra water weight went away, so did the numbness and pain.
miss-leanne miss-leanne 7 years
Oh great! Not something I need to hear at 9 weeks pregnant and ready to graduate from a medical transcription program.
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