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why is carpal tunnel syndrome common in pregnancy?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Pinched nerves: Pregnant women start to retain water pretty quick. The nerves that cause carpal tunnel syndrome travel through a tight tunnel in the wrist. As fluid starts to accumulate in the tunnel, the nerves get pinch leading to carpal tunnel syndrome.
Answered on Sep 7, 2018
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Dr. Julian Bragg
17 years experience Neurology
Fluid retention: The fluid shifts in pregnancy lead to swelling and compression of the median nerve in the wrist, exacerbating carpal tunnel. The symptoms often improve dramatically postpartum, but may recur in later life. There are multiple treatment options that can improve your symptoms in the meantime.
Answered on Apr 2, 2013
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Dr. Christopher Khorsandi
22 years experience Plastic Surgery
Pregnancy: Hormonal changes can cause swelling in all parts of the body. In the wrist, this swelling can cause compression of the median nerve leading to carpal tunnel syndrome.
Answered on Dec 5, 2012
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
35 years experience Hand Surgery
Fluid: The most common reason for cts in pregnancuy is fluid retention, while yo can't take diuretics and other drugs you can watch oout for excessive salt intake, wear splints ( once you have cts ..Not too tight! ) and even seek out a haand surgeon and with permission of your obgyn get an injection. Make sure your thyroid and blood sugar are getting checkd as well as electrolytes and ca and mg too!
Answered on Nov 18, 2017
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Dr. Michele Arnold
22 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Hormone changes: Hormone changes in pregnancy affect the fluid volume in hands & feet and can cause swelling, which can unmask or cause carpal tunnel symptoms. Interestingly, hormone changes during menopause are also a culprit! i personally experienced carpal tunnel with my pregnancy-- treated with a splint, then injection. Having carpal tunnel during pregnancy may increase your risk of recurrence later in life.
Answered on Jul 22, 2017
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Dr. Mandakini Patel
41 years experience Pediatrics
pregnancy hormonal changes also make you ligaments lax and stretch more, which can also augment the pain. Agree with Dr. Arnold otherwise
Mar 24, 2014
Dr. Gary Pess
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40 years experience Hand Surgery
Fluid retention: Fluid buildup which is worse at night causes pressure on the median nerve.
Answered on Oct 4, 2016

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