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Old 06-21-2008, 11:28 PM
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Carpal Tunnel in Pregnancy

I think I'm starting to develop carpal tunnel syndrome I started having pins and needles when I was sleeping at night and when I was doing some repetitive pipetting at work, then I noticed I was getting sore hands when I was cooking but it would go away and now the pain/stiffness is not going away. I'm going to call my doctor tomorrow but what can I do in the meantime?

How many of you pregnant women have experienced this and how did you deal with it? Most say it goes away within 2-3 weeks of giving birth but I have another 3 months to go!
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Old 06-21-2008, 11:32 PM
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I don't remember having that problem when pregnant, but my hands give me trouble sometimes now, and I believe it is the beginning of carpal tunnel. The only advice I have is to buy a wrist brace and wear it, especially when doing things that cause pain.
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Old 06-22-2008, 09:14 AM
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Mel, it may not be true carpel tunnel. When you are pregnant and as the pregnancy goes along your joints get 'looser' so to speak. I'm not sure of the right wording
There are hormones that in pregnancy make your ligaments and joints soften and loosen up (to get ready for childbirth).
It does go away but until then all I can suggest is mild painkillers (check with your doctor, he will tell you which anti-inflammatory is best) and keep warm. Wear gloves
Also Dencorub or Deep Heat should help. I can recommend a spray called "Pain Away". It's 100% Natural Active Ingredients - I pretty sure you can use during pregnancy but check with your doctor just to make sure.
Hope this helps!

I had the same thing happen with me during both pregnancies. My shoulder and my right hip. Towards the end of both pregnancies, the pain was pretty bad in my hip, it kept me awake at night and I could hardly walk And then it disappeared within a couple of weeks of having my babies
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Old 06-22-2008, 01:58 PM
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I agree with jen2376. It might not be Carpal Tunnel. Just loose joints and ligaments. But that is something you should tell your doctor at your next visit and maybe just take Tylenol for pain.

I had that problem with all my pregnancies and the worst was towards the end. Especially with my pelvis. I had to take a couple of minutes to get comfortable enough to walk after sitting too long or getting out of bed. It was really bad when I had to wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom.
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Old 06-22-2008, 04:15 PM
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Yup, I had it with both pregnancies, and it never went away. It comes and goes.....it's actually bothering me a lot lately. I wear a brace on my wrists at night when it's bad and that helps.

I also noticed that it felt worse when I was carrying the babies in the infant car seat. I guess that must hit a nerve in the crook of your elbow that travels directly to the wrist, thus irritating it further.
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Old 06-22-2008, 04:54 PM
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The pain/stiffness is only in my hands though - thumb, knuckles and finger joints, kind of like arthritis! I have no pains anywhere else. I did notice that when I was having a nice hot shower last night that it soothed the pain, so I think keeping warm is the key.

Meg, I so hope this will go away! My friend had the same thing and it lasted even up to 6 months after child birth then she opted for steroid injections which worked.
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Old 06-22-2008, 05:38 PM
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It's strange how it works....I can go for weeks without a problem, then something as simple as putting on makeup or talking on the phone and my entire hand will be numb. I have been taking a lot of kickboxing lately, and I have a feeling that there has been some sort of effect on it. I have the tingly/achy feeling in the morning in both wrists. I just have to remember to wear the supports to bed. You may want to go ahead and get some of those too.
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