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I tried to search for old threads about this, but it never works for me.<br><br>
Anyway, just wondering if anyone else has developed Carpal Tunnel Syndrome while pg, and if they have any good ideas about dealing with it.<br><br>
It's worst at night, my hand tingles and hurts, and it won't "wake up" when I have to get up in the night.<br><br>
TIA!
 

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Oh, I feel for you; I had this last time. I bought 2 ACE bandages and just wrapped my wrists at night, and upped my water. I'd unwrap them in the morning, and then rewrap when I got to work since I was on the computer all day and needed the support.<br><br>
The good news is, it went away pretty quickly after birth!
 

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I had it too last time (hoping not to this time but I doubt I'll be so lucky). I didn't deal with it at all during pregnancy and then unlike the lucky PP, it got far far worse after my daughter was born and I was nursing her (lots of funny wrist position holding her head/my boob/etc). So my advice (and what I'll do this time) is really make an effort to try some different remedies as soon as it starts up. What eventually helped for me was a brace that is actually designed for isolating your thumb joint (called a Thumb Spica brace I think). I never had thumb pain in particular, more of the whole hand thing you are describing, but my doc last time explained that it was actually the thumb joint that was creaing the pain. I got mine at a local pharmacy and I'll be weraing it again if my hands start up this time around. I know joint stuff is unavoidable for some in pregnancy and I have no idea if the braces would have made a difference while still preg. but I think they are worth a shot. Good luck and I hope you find some relief!<br>
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I had it bad with #5. Even after she was born. I would be cradling her as I nursed her in my right arm, and my hand/arm would be numb in a matter of seconds.<br><br>
Also, if you have hypothyroidism (which I do) that can make CTS even worse during pregnancy. I had surgery on my right hand, and even after my 6th child, my hand was a lot better with nursing, etc... Now that I'm preggo with #7, my hand does go numb some, but not as bad as it was. We'll see once he gets here and I am nursing.
 

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I had it w/my first pregnancy. I worked 9-5 as a computer programmer at the time, and now I'm a SAHM, so hopefully it won't be as bad this time around since I'm not logging as many hours at a keyboard.<br><br>
It was in my hands/wrists, and only bothered me at night.<br><br>
It went away after I gave birth.<br><br>
Truly an odd side effect of pregnancy!!!
 

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Its a B6 defiency.<br>
"This deficit shows up in such symptoms as edema (John Marion Ellis, a pioneering clinician and researcher in Mount Pleasant, Texas, reported one pregnant woman lost 15 pounds of water from her tissues after she started B6!), carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), dropping glassware, leg cramps, diabetes of pregnancy, nocturnal paralysis of the arms, muscle spasms in legs and feet. <a href="http://www.seanet.com/~alexs/ascorbate/199x/hattersley-jg-j_orthomol_med-1993-v8-n4-p229.htm#57-Ellis" target="_blank">None of these conditions is normal and healthy for the mother. 57</a><br>
"<br><br><a href="http://www.seanet.com/~alexs/ascorbate/199x/hattersley-jg-j_orthomol_med-1993-v8-n4-p229.htm" target="_blank">http://www.seanet.com/~alexs/ascorbate/199x/hattersley-jg-j_orthomol_med-1993-v8-n4-p229.htm</a>
 

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I had it really bad after my first was born. I highly suggest seeing a chiropractor.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Its a B6 defiency.<br>
"This deficit shows up in such symptoms as edema (John Marion Ellis, a pioneering clinician and researcher in Mount Pleasant, Texas, reported one pregnant woman lost 15 pounds of water from her tissues after she started B6!), carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), dropping glassware, leg cramps, diabetes of pregnancy, nocturnal paralysis of the arms, muscle spasms in legs and feet. <a href="http://www.seanet.com/~alexs/ascorbate/199x/hattersley-jg-j_orthomol_med-1993-v8-n4-p229.htm#57-Ellis" target="_blank">None of these conditions is normal and healthy for the mother. 57</a><br>
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ITA. I had carpal tunnel toward the end of my first pregnancy, and it did not go away after giving birth. I went to see an orthopedic, and he gave me a wrist brace and a "prescription" for vitamin B6. If your carpal tunnel is a result of pregnancy-related swelling then vitamin B6 should help.
 

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Thanks for all the advice! I think I'll try some b-6, it's water soluble, right? I'm always concerned about ODing on those fat-soluble vitamins.<br><br>
I have a friend who had the problem after her ds was born, from holding, rocking, nursing, what-have-you. She said she'd lend me her brace for night time. I think part of the problem is that I've been taping joint compound, which really strains your wrist. I'm almost done, though. But now I have to texture and paint. At least it should use different muscles.
 

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I got it in my first pregnancy in the last trimester, when I was at a computer 8 hours a day!!!<br><br>
Now I'm avoiding that <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I've heard of it and am experiencing very similar symptoms (although the docs think I have MS). Anyway-my acupuncturist has encountered the carpel tunnel of pregnancy often, so maybe you could try that.<br><br>
Good luck.<br><br>
Nicole
 
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