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Does carpal tunnel syndrome get worse during pregnancy?

Does carpal tunnel syndrome get worse during pregnancy?

Yes: There is increased swelling associated with pregnancy and as a result, carpal tunnel syndrome may also get worse. Hand braces may help alleviate symptoms. If you work with your hands, take frequent breaks. Also, avoid excessive salt intake to prevent any further swelling. The symptoms should improve after delivery. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Definition)

The carpal tunnel is formed by the bones, tissues, and ligaments of the wrist. This tunnel exists to protect the median nerve, which controls sensations and movement to the thumb and fingers (not including the little finger). Carpal tunnel syndrome is when the carpal tunnel is inflamed and swollen, which pinches the median nerve and results in feelings of numbness, decreased grip strength, and muscle ...Read more


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Can pregnancy cause carpal tunnel syndrome?

Can pregnancy cause carpal tunnel syndrome?

Yes: Carpal tunnel is when the main nerve of the hand, the median nerve, is compressed at the wrist. The fluid shifts associated with pregnancy can cause this space at the wrist to become tighter hence cause carpal tunnel. And in patients who had mild carpal tunnel prior to pregnancy will commonly see their get worse with pregnancy -. ...Read more

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Why is carpal tunnel syndrome common in pregnancy?

Why is carpal tunnel syndrome common in pregnancy?

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. ...Read more

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How can I prevent carpal tunnel syndrome in pregnancy?

How can I prevent carpal tunnel syndrome in pregnancy?

Rest, Ice, Support: Pregnancy hormones cause laxity in our ligaments important for childbirth. They can also make it easier to experience ligament strains. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a result of repetitive use of wrist and finger for daily activities or work and is more common in pregnancy. Wearing a wrist splint will help as is icing the area regularly. It usually resolves after delivery. ...Read more

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If I don't get tested for carpal tunnel syndrome, what could happen? Will it get worse?

If I don't get tested for carpal tunnel syndrome, what could happen? Will it get worse?

Tws: Most people come in for treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome (cts) due to the pain and numbness/tingling in the hands. The night time symptoms can be very disruptive. However, the most functionally dibilitating part of cts is muscle wasting. The muscles in the fat part of the thumb are innervated by the median nerve, which is compresses in cts. Eventually you lose the ability to grip or pinch. ...Read more

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Does cold make carpal tunnel syndrome worse?

Does cold make carpal tunnel syndrome worse?

Actually, yes: Nerve conduction speed slows in cold temperatures, and does indeed make carpal tunnel symptoms worse. ...Read more

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Is carpal tunnel syndrome a long lasting condition? Is it that once you get it you always have it?

Is carpal tunnel syndrome a long lasting condition? Is it that once you get it you always have it?

Yes: Although the frequency and severity of symptoms may vary, once you have cts, it does not go away. It can be temporarily worse during pregnancy. Many people can get by with conservative care. It it gets too bothersome, surgery has a very good success rate. ...Read more

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Can you get carpal tunnel syndrome from playing the piano also?

Can you get carpal tunnel syndrome from playing the piano also?

Less common: Repetitive flexion/extension of the wrist may be encountered with a piano, but, as i understand it, this represents the non-preferred way of playing the piano, but see no reason it could not occur otherwise. ...Read more

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My mom gets carpal tunnel syndrome, so am I likely to get it later?

It depend: Carpel tunnel effect the people in young age because the kind of work they do, so if you do not have repetitive motion( kind work )most likely you will not have it. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more